River City I, Chicago, Illinois, Clark Parkway Level Plan

A work made of zip-a-tone, colored pencil, film collage, and sepia print on paper.

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  • A work made of zip-a-tone, colored pencil, film collage, and sepia print on paper.

Date:

c. 1974

Artist:

Bertrand Goldberg
American, 1913–1997

About this artwork

The vast scale of Goldberg’s 230-acre River City I plan was designed to support density in the center city and attract new residents with a wide range of highquality urban amenities housed in the project’s vast base plinth. In order to demonstrate the innovation of the project, Goldberg developed a series of dynamic drawings for the base building that illustrate the project’s many features on handmade diagram decals. On the lower industrial level, Goldberg planned parking for 15,000 cars, space for light industrial work, and a new extension of Wacker Drive. His drawing for the central Clark Parkway Level—the heart of the community—shows diagrams of River City residents at the pool, grocery store, hobby shops, and subway station, as well as participating in church services, marching bands, and theater performances. Offering new resources for the city at large as well as the project’s residents, the Pedestrian Park Level crowns the base building with 200 acres of public parks, sports fields, and swimming lagoons.

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Architecture and Design

Artist

Bertrand Goldberg

Title

River City I, Chicago, Illinois, Clark Parkway Level Plan

Origin

Chicago

Date

1969–1979

Medium

Zip-a-tone, colored pencil, film collage, and sepia print on paper

Dimensions

91.2 x 150 cm (35 15/16 x 59 1/16 in.)

Credit Line

The Archive of Bertrand Goldberg, gifted by his children through his estate

Reference Number

RX23664/110.197

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