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Nobody knows there’s a river there

Waterline: Chicago screen cap

In 2011 SOM‘s Philip Enquist led Waterline, a design studio focused on the South Branch of the Chicago River. Twelve architecture, urban design, urban planning and landscape architecture students participated in the Harvard Graduate School of Design program and explored the potential of this little-noticed stretch of the river. In the above video, one of ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 21, 2013
ChicagoWest / Southwest

Jens Jensen, the Frank Lloyd Wright of landscape architecture

Aerial view of Columbus Park

Many of you may have allowed Jens Jensen’s 150th birthday to pass unnoticed in 2010. I know I did. And some of you may not know of Jens Jensen, an immigrant who started as a street sweeper and rose to become Chicago’s best-known landscape architect. A number of Jensen’s landscapes are now part of the ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 1, 2013
ChicagoWest / Southwest

Columbus Park, an idealized prairie in Austin

Columbus Park Chicago

The Austin neighborhood on Chicago’s West Side is home to one of the city’s most beautiful parks. Columbus Park was conceived 100 years ago, and landscape architect Jens Jensen began its design on a 150-acre parcel in 1915. The park has had its ups and downs over the years, including the loss of acreage for ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 19, 2012
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North Grant Park at the Chicago Architecture Foundation

Chicago Architecture Foundation video

The Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) has a YouTube channel that’s drawn few views despite hosting videos on topics of wide interest to Chicago residents in general and architecture buffs in particular. The channel definitely merits more attention. One project that’s likely to generate great excitement and delight Chicagoans for generations is the reimagining of 20 ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 29, 2012