Well-planned infrastructure requires providing more than the bare necessities. In addition to ample seating, large and staggered signs, clear pathways, access to food, and large bathrooms, travelers appreciate scenery. Urban planners and architects collaborate to provide all of these in public transportation hubs.
Illinois Theatre, October 2015
Photo by Darrell Hoemann
Fall 2015 Rehearsal
Photo by Madeline Maranto
Mary Pat McGuire, an assistant professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture, has been mapping the sand deposits underneath Chicago to make better use of the city's geology and the natural drainage systems that can more efficiently manage storm water than human-built structures. Uncovering the environmental systems that urbanization has hidden is the ongoing work of her research studio Water Lab.
Tracing You by Ben Grosser, who is a professor in the School of Art and Design and a researcher at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, delivers snapshots of a visitor's whereabouts when they access the project's website. Behind the scenes a program captures the geolocation associated with the IP address and finds related online resources to display that will represent the viewpoint of each user.
Design by Melika Hajishafieiha for ARCH 572: A Traveler's Inn led by James Warfield
Now in its seventh iteration, Krannert Center's guitarapalooza unites planetary six-string masters in a celebration featuring free concerts, a broad array of musical forms, activities for kids, and a no-holds-barred opening event.
As part of its outreach programs, Krannert Art Museum invites children to tour a gallery, where they typically examine a handful of paintings and sharpen their observational skills and critical thinking. The museum also partners with local school systems for longer and deeper explorations of art.
Urban planners must consider the common modes of transportation already in use in a city before proposing alternatives and plotting efficient routes for a redevelopment project.
In addition to their high-caliber singing and costumes constructed for period appropriateness, productions by Lyric Theatre @ Illinois often encompass expert dancing and scenery depicting expansive locales.
The Merry Widow, Lyric Theatre @ Illinois, April 2015, photo by Darrell Hoemann.