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Chicago Parks: Landscape, Imagination, and the Livable City

Monday, May 12, 6:30 pm-  8 pm

The Architecture + Design Society invites you to hear about two very exciting landscape design projects underway in Chicago: Maggie Daley Park and Bloomingdale Trail/The 606.

The 606 and Maggie Daley Park will be major new Chicago Parks. Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA) is leading the design team for Maggie Daley Park and is the landscape lead for the 606, seeking out opportunities for these parks to build on and expand Chicago’s great tradition of park-making. Matthew Urbanski, a Principal at MVVA and a lead designer on both projects, will discuss how landscape imagination has guided the development of each park. He will discuss the influence of existing conditions, and foreseeable changes on each site and discuss the way that these have been leveraged to create experiential and programmatic diversity. 

Journalist/photographer Lee Bey, who handles urban planning and government affairs work for the University of Chicago’s Arts and Public Life initiative with artist Theaster Gates, will moderate a Q&A with Matthew following his presentation.

The 606, formerly called the Bloomingdale Trail, is a linear trail and park system that will be created within interstitial urban spaces that are not necessarily “park-like” at first glance. Maggie Daley Park, will replace existing park spaces, building new value and contemporary program into an existing network of parks. Although very different in many ways, the guiding principles of each project reflect an increasing awareness of the essential contributions that landscape makes to the quality of daily life in cities.

There is no charge to attend, and reservations are not required. AIA and ASLA continuing education credit will be offered. Learn more about A+DS programs here.

This event is sponsored by Architecture + Design Society of the Art Institute of Chicago; Walsh Construction; AIA Chicago; ILASLA

Learning units: 1.5 LU/HSW

Location: Art Institute of Chicago, 111 North Michigan Avenue, Fullerton Hall

Member price: 0  
Non-member price: 0