Outside the more urban reaches of the river, acres of post-industrial elds sit fallow, welcoming a new pioneer landscape condition yet unexplored and unappreciated by city residents. Here, at Site #3, softer slopes and more expansive edges offer unique environmental restoration opportunities—where an ecologically productive landscape is a fertile ground for new kinds of urban experience and program.
Characteristic of the native prairie and marshes that once de ned the pre-urbanized Chicago region, flatness has a magic of its own. Our Shifting Planes serve to dramatize the uniquely flat surfaces of the land, the water, and the sky. Changing platforms and landforms make these planes—and their dynamic interaction—more visible, while giving people places to be among a new thriving, restored ecological setting. Productive and recreational landscapes are interwoven, making a new node on the riverfront.
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