Gallery: Construction to Begin on Studio Gang’s Ambitious Northerly Isl...

 
In 2010, when Studio Gang Architects and landscape architects Smithgroup JJR released plans for the redevelopment of Northerly Island in Chicago, it was generally viewed as a very long-term project. Now, less than two years later, The Chicago Park District and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are teaming up to launch phase one of the ambitious plan. Studio Gang's plan calls for transforming the 91-acre peninsula, which served as a small airstrip as recently as 2003, into a vibrant nature preserve surrounded by wetlands.

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  1. Armadillo May 5, 2013 at 4:45 am

    Man-made ecosystem park? How oxy-moronic can we get with that.
    Yeah, let’s jam 25 lbs. of an outdoor DisneyQuest enviro-park into the 5 lb. space of what is already the most pristine and beautiful expanse of park space in Chicago – Northerly Island.
    This project makes me literally feel sick to my stomach.
    Pure corporate greed.

    How can we have this 91 acres generating the maximum cash flow revenue though, don’t we? Fuck it over – that’s how.

    How can we attract even more numbers of cars into a space where there is all ready too frequent total gridlock, and which should really be a NO CAR zone? Build an eco theme park.
    Build giant underground parking facilities. Charge $20-$30 for parking. Disrupt and restrict use of the park, with a massive construction that will last many years.

    Witness the complete trashing of Northerly Island, and thank you Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Have fun handing out all those fat contracts to you crony capitalist buddies.

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