Hardly a moment to blog. Perhaps lost a little momentum too, because after yesterday’s show I wrote a fine entry, only to have it devoured by computerland, never to be read by you. Such a shame. So now I offer this far more prosaic recap of our show yesterday with Linda Searl, Larry Booth and Ned Cramer; a show, remember this- on how to make Chicagoland the best, most vibrant and beautiful, and economically successful region it can be. I do believe that in the long run, good design=good business. And here, with our legacy of great buildings, we should capitalize on that and become known again throughout the world for the exciting spaces and rehabs and parks that we can realize here.

With that in mind, we talked on the show about the need to compete globally for tourist and convention dollars, which gives an added need to design those great public spaces and places. We talked about the lesson from Millennium Park – that good design can be good business. To what extent has the Mayor’s Office and the Pier Authority absorbed that lesson? We talked about balancing work by local talent with work by outsiders. And Larry Booth and Linda Searl had an on-air tete-a-tete-a-tete to see if the Chicago Architecture Foundation could sponsor a charette (design workshop) to explore ideas to make the revamped Navy Pier even better.

Then we all talked about how and where construction for Olympics facitilites should go, if Chicago bids for and wins the 2016 games. Gosh – you’ll be ten years older by the time they’d happen here! And we found art in the new structures going up (-will they? It’s hard to have faith in that site! Anyway, I liked it as a pia-z-z-a.) We’re talking Block 37. Oh, excuse me, 108 N. State.

We’ll revisit these topics, they’re good ones. In the meantime, if you missed the show, or you want to hear it again, you can listen to it here. Don’t miss Larry Booth proposing that the expressway entrance to the city on the very widened Congress Street, end at Wells, where Congress would be narrowed to the way it was.
Interesting idea. You know the stone arches you walk under and through between Michigan Avenue and the door of the Auditorium Theater? That’s supposed to be indoor space, it was made outdoor when Congress was widened and the sidewalk outside those arches was taken away. And in that space, (and let Larry Booth put it back), when it’s inside the Auditorium Building, is supposed to be- a great bar. I’d love to see it. And not just because I’m parched.


Photos of the outside of the Auditorium Building and of the bar (at top of post), from Architectural Record, 1891-92.

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