Chicago 2016 Olympics Update: Ald. Toni Preckwinkle to Olympic Village designers: ‘Start from scratch’

2016 Update

Toni Preckwinkle is no fan of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill these days.

An article in today’s Chicago Sun-Times, reported by City Hall Reporter Fran Spielman, cites 4th Ward Alderman Preckwinkle’s furor over plans for the $1.1 million Olympic Village, slated to be built over a truck staging area at McCormick Place.

Said Preckwinkle, the proposed Village “looks like something dropped from outer space.”

Ouch. All joking aside, though, the alderman questioned the basic motivation of the architects, and in my opinion took a well-deserved shot at Chicago 2016 planners.

“I want it to be like a neighborhood. [What they’ve proposed] is sort of architectural egotism as opposed to a real neighborhood.”

Architectural egotism…sounds like a trend in Chicago these days

(NOTE: Check out this graphic listing the proposed Olympic sites.)

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