LIGHTSCAPE: A MULTISENSORY EXPERIENCE ON STATE STREET
In November of 2011, Mayor Rahm Emanuel officially unveiled Chicago’s newest attraction: Lightscape: A Multisensory Experience on State Street. The one-of-a-kind installation is located in twelve planters–each comprised of dozens of LED lights–along State Street from Lake to Van Buren. Between 10 am and 8 pm each day, the installation’s embedded speakers broadcast musical selections and special announcements, as lights change patterns in synchronization with songs.
Parklet, or people spot, getting a trial run in Andersonville
The People’s Spot in Andersonville is all finished. The parklet on Clark Street in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood will allow people to sit on built in benches and enjoy plantings all around them.
It’s great to finally see a Chicago community coming together to fund an urbanism initiative like this one. Besides major projects like Millennium Park, I find that Chicago is behind in the placemaking movement of pedestrian spaces.