Last night the Cook County Bureau of Economic Development and the Chicago Architecture Foundation hosted a meeting that saw five different presentations for the future reuse of the old Cook County Hospital building and the surrounding 10 acre site it stands on. The five teams were made up of civic groups, developers, architects and academics. Lambda Alpha International had two teams present proposals, the Chicago Central Area Committee, Landmarks Illinois and the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) also presented their ideas. Architects included Perkins + Will, Fitzgerald Associates, Antunovich Associates and Brininstool + Lynch. Although the design and makeup of each proposal was different, most of them touched on the success of previous adaptive reuse projects and envisioned the old Cook County Hospital as the center of a new office, retail, residential and hospitality district. The full presentations can be downloaded from the Cook County website, but here's some of the highlights from last night's presentations.
·Cook County Hospital Strategic Redevelopment [Cook County Government]
·Fate of Cook County Hospital to Be Decided in Coming Weeks [Curbed Chicago]