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Zaha and UNStudio to design pavilions for Chicago celebrations

Zaha Hadid and Amsterdam’s UNStudio are to design pavilions to sit at the heart of next year’s celebrations in Chicago marking the 100th anniversary of Daniel Burnham’s famous plan for the city.

The two temporary pavilions will become the centrepieces for the Burnham Plan Centennial, which will include hundreds of educational programmes, arts events and open-space projects celebrating the influential 1909 masterplan.

Both buildings will open next June and will include video exhibits ‘and programming related to Burnham and big dreams for the future’.

Having already achieved fame for masterminding the Chicago World's Fair – also known as the Colombian Exposition – in the city in 1894, Burnham went on to create a blueprint for Chicago that included opening up the centre to the wider region with highways and railroads, and creating new public spaces and buildings.

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