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2016 Chicago Prize Competition: On the Edge

  • 17:21 - 30 November, 2016
2016 Chicago Prize Competition: On the Edge
2016 Chicago Prize Competition: On the Edge, 2016 CHICAGO PRIZE COMPETITION: ON THE EDGE

The Chicago Architectural Club (CAC) is pleased to announce the 2016 Chicago Prize Competition: On The EDGE. In partnership with the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF), a call for entries for the 2016 Chicago Prize is taking place as of November 29, 2016 with the announcement of the winning entries on February 2, 2017.

For this year’s Chicago Prize, the Chicago Architectural Club (CAC) is calling for visionary proposals for the Chicago’s Lakefront in consideration of the stated issues that imagine and speculate its scape.

Chicago’s Lakefront is a great contribution to the public it serves.   This metropolitan edge has been defined by its industrial and commercial past, along with its recreational and cultural present.  Figured through expansion and contraction, both naturally and artificially, its metamorphic transformation empowers the identity of the Lakefront.   

Visionary plans, policy, and infrastructure have all played crucial roles in the development of the city and consequently in the definition of its edge.  Today, conflicting interests regarding ownership, use, and value of the Lakefront have produced a stalemate of what this civic treasure could become.  

As such, recent media coverage surrounding the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art and the Barack H. Obama Presidential Library, revealed the ongoing dispute about land-use along the edge of the city. Much of this debate grounds itself in the Public Trust Doctrine that seeks to ensure the preservation of the lakefront as a natural habitat for civic use.

A further dispute is anchored in two contracting conditions. Considered as one of the world’s best urban drives, riding along Lake Shore Drive (LSD) becomes an experience in motion that exposes the contrast between city and nature and a collision between the vertical urban wall and the horizon. Meanwhile, Lake Shore Drive disrupts the continuity and the ease of pedestrian accessibility between the urban fabric and the parkland along the shoreline.

As ones easily forgets, the Lakefront has been contoured artificially and manipulated throughout history beyond its once original natural boundary. Disputes, such as the retainage and continued development of a traditional park versus the restoration of the native Midwestern dune scape ought to be reviewed beyond discussions among preferences in landscape development, as this newly gained land should be understood as new ground for new visions.

Entry information, including a complete set of rules, can be found at

Entries are due by noon, January 10, 2017. and CAC on Facebook.

The winner of the 2016 Chicago Prize will be announced and exhibited at an opening event at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, on February 2, 2017. Projects will remain on exhibition.

The history of the Chicago Architectural Club runs side-by-side with the development of the Chicago school of architecture. From its founding in 1885 as an architectural sketch club, to today's rich schedule of discussions, competitions and exhibitions, the CAC has consistently championed the work of Chicago architects, as well as fostering ongoing, vigorous debate on fundamental issues of art and practice. Today, the CAC has rededicated itself to carrying forward Chicago's robust architectural legacy into a new century. For further information visit and at Facebook .

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  • Title

    2016 Chicago Prize Competition: On the Edge
  • Type

    Competition Announcement (Ideas)
  • Organizers

  • Registration Deadline

    10/01/2017 12:00
  • Submission Deadline

    10/01/2017 12:00
  • Price

    Registration Fee: $90, Reduced Fee for Students: $50 (please submit pdf copy of valid 2016-17 Student ID)

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Cite: "2016 Chicago Prize Competition: On the Edge" 30 Nov 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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