The Wild Mile and Moon Village have been recognized in the Spaces, Places, and Cities category of the 2020 Fast Company World Changing Ideas Awards. The program honors innovations that offer solutions to problems while benefiting a broad range of industries and society as a whole.
How can we better connect habitat to human health? On April 23rd, 2020, join us for a virtual panel on the Wild Mile, a 17-acre floating eco-park that advances a community-led vision of renewed urban ecology.
The Chicago River North Branch Canal Framework Plan, also known as the Wild Mile and featured in Curbed Chicago, has secured an additional $1.4 million in new funding. The mile-long floating eco-park, designed by SOM with the City of Chicago, is one of a series of interventions undertaken to transform the North Branch canal of the Chicago River into a new environment for habitat, education, and recreation.
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.
CityLab reports on Moon Village, a project to create the first permanent settlement on the lunar surface. SOM is collaborating with the European Space Agency and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to design, plan, and engineer the project.