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Exploring Chicago’s Lost Walkway System

Exploring Chicago’s Lost Walkway System

Chicago was home to a massive elevated walkway dubbed the “pedestrian highway.” It connected buildings on the East Campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago and created a multilevel network of human activity. It was designed by the architect Walter Netsch, the architect of the Air Force Academy Campus and famous chapel in Colorado Springs. The walkway was gigantic and monumental. It was even featured in the horror film Candyman from the early 1990s. But, over time, the walkway fell into disrepair and the decision was made to demolish this piece of iconic urban infrastructure.

This video explores the history of the pedestrian highway. And, using a full 3D model reconstruction, embarks on a real-time walkthrough to explore what it would have been like to experience in person.

Link to explore: https://api2.enscape3d.com/v1/view/54cd1801-38f7-4b52-acc4-37b214c9520c
(Warning: it is a massive file)

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Architecture with Stewart is a YouTube journey exploring architecture’s deep and enduring stories in all their bewildering glory. Weekly videos and occasional live events breakdown a wide range of topics related to the built environment in order to increase their general understanding and advocate their importance in shaping the world we inhabit.

Stewart Hicks is an architectural design educator that leads studios and lecture courses as an Associate Professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He also serves as an Associate Dean in the College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts and is the co-founder of the practice Design With Company. His work has earned awards such as the Architecture Record Design Vanguard Award or the Young Architect’s Forum Award and has been featured in exhibitions such as the Chicago Architecture Biennial and Design Miami, as well as at the V&A Museum and Tate Modern in London. His writings can be found in the co-authored book Misguided Tactics for Propriety Calibration, published with the Graham Foundation, as well as essays in MONU magazine, the AIA Journal Manifest, Log, bracket, and the guest-edited issue of MAS Context on the topic of character architecture.

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Cite: Diego Hernández. "Exploring Chicago’s Lost Walkway System " 16 Jul 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/965224/exploring-chicagos-lost-walkway-system> ISSN 0719-8884

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