Urban Waterways

Urban Waterways offers a vision for the deployment of water taxi stands along the Chicago River in the spirit of revitalizing a vital urban waterway. Accommodating the given programs through a series of site-specific strategies, each proposal offers a gesture of continuity to three different conditions; the movement of pedestrians, the movement of vehicles, and the movement of water. Given the initial precedent of reversing the flow of the Chicago River in 1871, the idea of controlling movement via infrastructure provides the conceptual foundation for each of the new taxi stands.

An articulated system of water filtration is the common thread between the three river stations. Built as spaces within dense infrastructural matrices, each station exposes the mechanisms responsible for purifying the once toxic waters of the Chicago River. Analogous to the movement of water taxi riders between the Loop and Joliet along the river, the flow of water is mitigated by the infrastructure of each river station.

Urban Waterways offers a vision for the deployment of water taxi stands along the Chicago River in the spirit of revitalizing a vital urban waterway. Accommodating the given programs through a series of site-specific strategies, each proposal offers a gesture of continuity to three different conditions; the movement of pedestrians, the movement of vehicles, and the movement of water.

Project News

Urban Waterways exhibited at the I-Space Gallery

Our proposal for Urban Waterways is on display with  the work of other finalists in the  Burnham Prize Competition are currently on exhibition at the I-Space Gallery in Chicago, IL.

2004 Burnham Prize Finalist

WILLIAMSONWILLIAMSON was a finalist in the 2004 Burnham Prize Competition, Urban Waterways: The Chicago River Project.

The Burnham Prize is a two-stage biennial competition sponsored by the Chicago Architectural Club, the winner of which is awarded a three month scholarship for study at the American Center in Rome. The program for the 2004 competition was for the design of three water taxi stops along the Chicago River from downtown south to Bridgeport. Jury members include Jesse Reiser, Nanako Umemoto and John Ronan.

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