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Old February 5th, 2015, 01:49 AM   #41
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God these are architects idea's, not real proposals. Who says a landscaper, or someone who does cultural projects can't make a design. For a contest...
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Old February 5th, 2015, 02:56 AM   #42
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God these are architects idea's, not real proposals. Who says a landscaper, or someone who does cultural projects can't make a design. For a contest...
I figured as much, the 1280' building looks awesome though! Hopefully related builds something up to par with that.
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Old February 7th, 2015, 11:02 PM   #43
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I'm not to fond of the "Chicago Beacon" design. I wish the Developer would have also picked AS+GG to come up with something.
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Old February 7th, 2015, 11:26 PM   #44
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^I don't think any of these are real proposals
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Old March 10th, 2015, 06:49 PM   #45
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At a minimum, the hole should be filled in with gravel. Then, the lot would be usable until an acutal project materializes in the next 10-20 years.
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I hope that if they are not up to the task of building a new tallest for the city, they'll leave this site empty. This way a future developer who has the necessary bravery can buy this site and build something iconic here. A 1 000 footer would be more damage than good, it would be absolutely useless for the skyline and would only take up valuable space that could be used far better
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Old March 11th, 2015, 12:42 AM   #47
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I hope that if they are not up to the task of building a new tallest for the city, they'll leave this site empty. This way a future developer who has the necessary bravery can buy this site and build something iconic here. A 1 000 footer would be more damage than good, it would be absolutely useless for the skyline and would only take up valuable space that could be used far better
Or maybe just a well designed 1,200 footer would do.
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I'd say it needs to be at least a foot taller than the Willis Tower to be worth the precious land plot on which it would stand
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Old March 11th, 2015, 02:41 AM   #49
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In a perfect world what would go here would be a new tallest but it's not a perfect world. I will be really really pleasantly surprised if it ended up higher than Sears Tower, the odds are definitely against us but hey who knows.

I would be happy with a nice ~1200 foot building if we can even get that high.

Chicago seems to have lost it's skyscraper spark, but hey maybe it'll come back.
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Chicago seems to have lost it's skyscraper spark, but hey maybe it'll come back.
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While it's sad now booms come and go, so maybe in a few years Chicago will start buildings tons of projects. It has a few decent ones at the moment, but nothing too extraordinary. There are no real solid supertalls on the line since rumor has it on SSP the 1150 foot Jean Gang proposal might have some funding issues. (It is just a rumor but pretty believable given the design).

Wolf point and the Spire site are probably our best bet for 300+ meters in the near future.
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While it's sad now booms come and go, so maybe in a few years Chicago will start buildings tons of projects. It has a few decent ones at the moment, but nothing too extraordinary. There are no real solid supertalls on the line since rumor has it on SSP the 1150 foot Jean Gang proposal might have some funding issues. (It is just a rumor but pretty believable given the design).

Wolf point and the Spire site are probably our best bet for 300+ meters in the near future.
High-rises are being built at a higher rate before the recession. Maybe not as much as New York, but there are some rumors with supertalls. Chicago is growing, supertalls isn't everything.
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High-rises are being built at a higher rate before the recession. Maybe not as much as New York, but there are some rumors with supertalls. Chicago is growing, supertalls isn't everything.
Yea... a lot of 100-200+ meter projects in large quantity are just as important if not more so than one or two supertalls, hopefully with time they will come
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Yea... a lot of 100-200+ meter projects in large quantity are just as important if not more so than one or two supertalls, hopefully with time they will come
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While it's sad now booms come and go, so maybe in a few years Chicago will start buildings tons of projects. It has a few decent ones at the moment, but nothing too extraordinary. There are no real solid supertalls on the line since rumor has it on SSP the 1150 foot Jean Gang proposal might have some funding issues. (It is just a rumor but pretty believable given the design).

Wolf point and the Spire site are probably our best bet for 300+ meters in the near future.
To be clear the alleged 'funding issues' are not the inability to get funding but but that the current design may be over budget. I would still call this a solid supertall project. Magellan has possibly the best development track record in the city and Wanda has publicly announced over $1bn toward the project.

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High-rises are being built at a higher rate before the recession. Maybe not as much as New York, but there are some rumors with supertalls. Chicago is growing, supertalls isn't everything.
Chicago is building due to a national trend of people moving into the city center. The population growth is actually pretty awful though the last stats put population growth at .03% (2nd to last of the 15 largest cities in the US). Hopefully that picks up.
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With Chicago teetering on the edge of bankruptcy and the potential of a socialist mayor being elected in April who has indicated support for policies that would push the city rapidly closer to that end, I wouldn't have expected to see any real movement on any development at this site near term. I clicked on the thread anyway. Oh well...
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With Chicago teetering on the edge of bankruptcy and the potential of a socialist mayor being elected in April who has indicated support for policies that would push the city rapidly closer to that end, I wouldn't have expected to see any real movement on any development at this site near term. I clicked on the thread anyway. Oh well...
What? Garcia is not a socialist. Maybe an idiot with NO experience for the position that he's running for.... and Chicago is not teetering on the brink of bankruptcy. get your facts straight.
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Old March 13th, 2015, 04:17 AM   #58
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Chicago on the edge of bankruptcy? Sounds like quite an exaggeration
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I'll take the 1,280' tower proposal by far. The 76 foot deep swimming pool? I wonder how many people will drown in there each year. The others are really bad (especially the bird habitat. Really?)
Did you even look at the other options? It's essentially a wading pool built over a multi-level data center.

I actually like all of them. The high rise would be my preference, but any of those concepts is a massive upgrade over the current site. The previously built foundations are a sunk cost that was not paid for by those who currently control the site. What would be expensive is demoing them to build something that is completely incompatible with the site. The will be underutilized no matter what they put there.
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Did you even look at the other options? It's essentially a wading pool built over a multi-level data center.

I actually like all of them. The high rise would be my preference, but any of those concepts is a massive upgrade over the current site. The previously built foundations are a sunk cost that was not paid for by those who currently control the site. What would be expensive is demoing them to build something that is completely incompatible with the site. The will be underutilized no matter what they put there.
I don't think anything that's not a supertall building is worthy of this site. There's an enormous park a few blocks to the south west if you want a park. This is the perfect place for an iconic skyscraper.

Not that those proposals are real anyway...
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