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Hilberseimer was known to have summed up his philosophy on planning with one question: "should
not children go to school without crossing a street?" In a 1962 letter to Architectural Record...
06. Ludwig Hilberseimer, traffic redevelopment plan for the south side of Chicago, c.1955.
Another of the Plan's six key recommendations was the widening of important streets "in order to
facilitate the movement to and from the business district." One such street was...
01. Chicago Plan Commission meeting minutes, [p.30], February 17, 1913.
Map highlighting proposed improvements in the Loop and surrounding areas, including the widening of surface arteries, the construction of multi-level street sections on Michigan Ave. and South Water...
02. <em>Ten Years of the Chicago Plan Commission</em> brochure, April 1920.
In 1968, architect Bertrand Goldberg began conceptualizing what was envisioned to become a dynamic and affordable high density, mixed-use "new city center" along the southwestern outskirts of Chicago...
04. River City I, Clark Parkway Level, site plan (unbuilt), March 1974.
Established in 1956, the Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission (NIPC) did not become a force
in regional planning until the appointment of executive director Matthew Rockwell in 1964. New...
05. <em>Diversity Within Order</em>, Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission, March 1967.
This rendering illustrates the northern terminus of the proposed Government Center. Federal funds for the project were to have financed redevelopment that would "reclaim, beautify, and make usable...
06. "Government Center - Riverfront" rendering from Development Plan for the Central Area of Chicago brochure, August 1958.
Study for the Harlem Avenue exit and interchange on the Congress Expressway. This circular scheme is one of three alternates.
05. Congress Expressway, interchange study, c.1950-1952.
The original South Branch of the Chicago River curved eastward at Polk St. and then again west between what is now 15th St. and 18th St. The straightening of the River, suggested initially in the...
05. Chicago Plan Commission meeting minutes, p.44, February 17, 1913.
Marina City, arguably architect Bertrand Goldberg's most significant work, was a pioneer in mixed-use, residential, and commercial structures, and remarkable for its sculptural use of precast...
02. Marina City, 300 N. State St., Chicago, IL, model view, August 1961.
Highway engineers studied automobile specifications and used this data to help design safe and efficient expressways.
04. Cook County Highway Department, "Maximum 1954 Car Dimensions," c.1954.
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