River Edge Ideas Lab opens September 16th

The River Edge Ideas Lab, designed by Ross Barney Architects, set to open at 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial.

Earlier this year, nine world-class architectural firms, including Ross Barney Architects, with experience designing award-wining riverfronts, parks, and public spaces were selected to participate in Chicago’s River Edge Ideas Lab.

We are thrilled to be included in this opportunity to showcase concepts for three iconic sites along the Chicago River, which represent a unique challenge and exciting opportunity to bring public space to the riverfront. These designs will serve as inspiration for the future of our riverfronts as the City considers how to provide inviting and active public spaces along Chicago’s rivers, the city’s second coast.

The design concepts will be shared with the public in a one-of-a-kind exhibition designed by Ross Barney Architects that will run in conjunction with the Chicago Architecture Biennial, September 16, 2017 – January 7, 2018. A traveling exhibit will also be displayed at locations throughout the city in addition to a digital catalog at chiriverlab.com.

The public is invited – and encouraged – to provide feedback on the designs. Public feedback will be used by the City’s Department of Planning and Development to inform new river edge design guidelines.

Chicago’s River Edge Ideas Lab is an initiative of and curated by the City of Chicago’s Department of Planning and Development and Metropolitan Planning Council, and has been generously funded by the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, Comcast, the 601W Companies, and Related Midwest.

Participating firms include Adjaye Associates, James Corner Field Operations, Perkins + Will, Ross Barney Architects, Sasaki, Site, SOM, Studio Gang, and SWA.