photo: Bastiaan Bouma
Bastiaan Bouma, Managing Director, openhouschicago, Chicago Architecture Foundation
Seen from a high vantage point on a clear evening, Chicago's scale is underlined by the seemingly endless rows of street light stretching to the horizon. Yet despite the apparent vastness of the urban landscape, this is a city of neighborhoods and our neighborhoods are the places where our past, present and future are engaged in a dance that shapes the quality of life of its residents and, ultimately, the fate of the city as a whole. Fostering understanding and exploration of Chicago at the local level is an emerging theme of CAF and its partners as the Foundation expands greatly its engagement with community issues of design, planning and sustainability. Ultimately, the built environment is made up of individual buildings. Maybe the best place to start is to look at some of the more unusual or little known places and spaces that make these communities great. Join us on September 21 as we assemble a small panel of professionals to highlight a collection of sites around the city sure to stimulate your sense of discovery and exploration.