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Friday, April 11, 2008

Brutalist force

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The two views presented here, screenshots from Fox News Chicago's Wednesday report by Tera Williams on the introduction of the Chicago Children's Museum proposal to build itself a new museum in Grant Park into the City Council, make it all too obvious why the CCM works overtime to keep them hidden from the general public. (None of these drawings, apparently, were presented to the Chicago Park District before they rubber-stamped the museum's land grab of park property earlier this week. )

Lynn Becker has screen grabs and a critique of the "desperately busy and unsettling" Chicago Children's Museum design (from the same architects who did the remarkable Spertus building), which have been hard to come by. He doesn't like it, and not just because it's a much busier intrusion on the park than the Daley Bicentennial Fieldhouse. Andrew Patner, who is a friend and fan of the architects, is also unimpressed: "I think that they would do a superb job with this project -- if they could design it as an above-ground building for another site. In Grant Park, they are trying to solve a problem, and a problem that need not be addressed at all."

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