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Chicago Roars Back To Life

After a decade of boredom, Chicago comes roaring back, writes the Chicago Tribune's architecture critic.
April 19, 2004, 11am PDT | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"Chicago's spruced-up streets and other public spaces look better than ever. The city's architecture schools are clicking with fresh ideas. Bright young designers are making names for themselves, both here and nationwide. And Donald Trump's planned 90-story hotel and condo tower -- much-hyped on "The Apprentice" and designed by Chicago's Adrian Smith -- promises to be far superior to the developer's Trump Tower glitz palace in New York... In retrospect, what happened in Chicago was part of a broader trend -- a reaction against the steel-and-glass box modernism of Mies that failed to provide a clear new direction and often resulted in aesthetic timidity."

Thanks to Chris Steins

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Published on Sunday, April 18, 2004 in The Chicago Tribune
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