Sep '06 - Nov '06
Midterm is approaching and I've just finished researching most of what I need to really begin developing the details of the site. I've decided to divide my site into two buildings. On the east side of the site there will be a hotel with restaurant and on the west side of the site there will be a community center. Dividing the two buildings will be a courtyard and access to a footbridge that will cross Highway 90 to the beachfront and harbor area. I found it necessary to include a community center to give the nearby neighborhood facilities for arts and athletics, particularly for young children, teenagers, and senior citizens. The hotel will be for visitors that are entertained by the city's plan to renew the harbor and beachfront. I'm working on some preliminary sketches and will post them soon to try to get some feedback.
I've also had a chance to read a book called "The Devil in the White City" by Erik Larson. If you haven't had a chance to read it, it's a really fascinating book about the challenges of the World's Fair in Chicago. It also includes the story of an man that lived in Chicago during the time of the fair that turned out to be pretty disturbing. Anyways, it really goes into the minds of Burnham and other outstanding planners and architects of the time. If you get the chance, the book makes for a very interesting read.