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Chicago launches lighting masterplan contest

Chicago has opened an international design competition to transform its downtown area into a new ‘city of lights’

The project aims to ‘reimagine and enhance’ the city’s existing infrastructure, architecture, landscape to make it into North America’s version of Paris.

According to the brief: ‘Chicago has a rich history of innovation, events, architecture, museums, people, neighborhoods, and festivals which are not always reflected in people’s perception of Chicago.’

The document continued: ‘Chicago currently offers many unique tourist experiences. The lighting framework plan will create connections between these elements that encourage tourists to explore the city’s neighborhoods – to help them in navigating and extending their tourist experience – establishing Chicago as a place to spend a few days, not just a few hours.’

Four design teams will be shortlisted and will receive around £15,000 each to develop concepts. A winner will be selected for the scheme in late summer.

Participating teams should include an architect, lansdscape architect, lighting designer, graphic designer and other relevant disciplines.

The deadline for requests to participate is 7 July.

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