More Obama Center Designs Revealed

(image: Diller Scofidio + Renfro/Courtesy University of Chicago)

Obama Drama – in the news!

As Chicago’s Obama Presidential Center heads to court this week over a lawsuit aimed at blocking its construction in historic Jackson Park, three alternative designs and locations for the presidential archive, museum, and community center emerged from obscurity on Friday. The unrealized plans come from the University of Chicago, the organization behind the winning bid for the Obama Center.

“In its initial request for qualifications, the Obama Foundation indicated that it would consider the proposals on a confidential basis, for use in its selection of a host city,” U of C spokesman Jeremy Manier said in a statement Friday, published by the Chicago Tribune. “However, in light of recent developments, the proposals will now be available in the public domain, which the University supports.”

The newly released proposals include three once secret conceptual designs. Penned by highly regarded international architectural firms, they occupy three different locations near the university’s mid-South Side campus in the Woodlawn, Washington Park, and South Shore neighborhoods.

Read the whole article and see all of renderings  at Chicago Curbed!

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