Two local projects were honored at the 2019 AIA Chicago Design Excellence Awards. Both the West Loop Branch of the Chicago Public Library and the Wild Mile won Citations of Merit in their respective categories.
The Wild Mile Framework Plan, part of the larger Chicago River North Branch Plan, received the 2019 Strategic Plan Award from the Chicago chapter of the American Planning Association. The project focuses on revitalizing a one-mile section of the river for both human activity and the natural ecosystem.
Five SOM projects have been selected as Architizer A+ Awards Finalists, ranging in categories from pavilion to library, residential building to masterplan. Popular Choice voting is open until July 5th.
Block Club Chicago profiles the latest developments of the Wild Mile, a floating 17-acre eco-park on the North Branch of the Chicago River. Designed by SOM in collaboration with Urban Rivers, the City of Chicago, and other partners, the project will be complete and open to the public by 2020.
From April 22nd through April 27th, SOM will co-host "Wild Mile Week" in celebration of Earth Day. The series of free public events, including workshops and hands-on activities, offers Chicago residents and visitors an opportunity to explore the Chicago River's urban ecosystem.
ArchDaily reports on the unveiling of the Wild Mile, a floating eco-park designed by SOM for the North Branch of the Chicago River. Led by Urban Rivers, an organization dedicated to transforming city rivers into wildlife sanctuaries, the project is targeted for completion in 2020.
Three projects designed by SOM's City Design Practice were recognized in the 2017 Illinois Chapter American Society of Landscape Architects Awards. The annual program recognizes individuals or organizations that have enhanced the Illinois landscape or promoted the profession of landscape architecture.