2016 Olympics bid
Local planners and architects ring out their wish lists for the Games.
On October 2, all eyes will turn toward Copenhagen when the Olympic Committee announces whether Chicago will score the 2016 bid. If we do get the Games, these local planners and architects offer the following wish lists.
Peter J. Kindel, president, Topografis “[It’s] a time to experiment in a way that will benefit the city: [It] would be a good time to develop more ecologically friendly street or infrastructure designs that…will become prototypes for future improvements.”
Carmelo Barbaro, project manager for S.B. Friedman and Company I hope that the Olympic Committee builds something [for the Olympic Village that’s] bold and preserves some of the more historic elements of the Michael Reese [Hospital] structure.”
Dirk Denison, owner of Dirk Denison Architects “One thing we’ll have to build is an aquatic center, which is an amazing opportunity to make something civic-minded. What’s really important with the aquatic center is its life after the Olympics: It must serve all ages—including students from schools without pool access—and the public at large. The best thing is that most people swim [and will use the facility], unlike—I hate to say it—the equestrian center.”
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