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While I adore the Highline in NYC, I think the committee missed the true opportunity to select a subtle plan that 'accepted the pier as a pier," as Kamin puts it. The design by Team X/Xavier Vendrell Studio et. al. was thoughtful about the history of the pier and Chicago, about circulation patterns, sustainability and economy, and about connecting the pier to the city. Kamin's comparison of Corner to Thompson & Associates and their 1995 revamp is apt; Corner, whose work in NYC is admittedly excellent, also benefited from a committee who went with a higher profile candidate coming off recent success. Too bad for the hometown team in this race, it was the superior proposal. I hope at least that the pool/beach and the odd, spheroid hanging gardens might get dropped from the final design scheme.
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Mar 16, 2012