Chicago Redesign Contest Down to Five Teams

Navy Pier Inc. has chosen the five teams that will bid for a contract to redesign some of the city’s most historic Chicago real estate.
The organization, which manages Navy Pier for the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, has launched a $155 million rehabilitation project of public spaces throughout the 95-year-old lakefront attraction, including Gateway Park at the west entrance, Crystal Gardens and Pier Park.
More than 52 teams entered this international contest to redesign the public spaces at the Pier. The five chosen finalist teams, which include architects, landscape artists, urban designers and other designers, will each receive a $50,000 stipend to prepare designs. Those designs are due on January 24 and will be unveiled to the public on February 2.
Navy Pier will announce the winning team later that month.
Here are the five design teams vying for the Navy Pier redesign job. The first team is the only one headed by a Chicago firm, though there are Chicago architects, landscape architects, urban designers and artists sprinkled throughout the teams.
*Xavier Vendrell Studio
Grimshaw Architects
Tom Leader Studio
Harley Ellis Devereaux
Arup
Studio Lab
Schuler Shook
Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle
Lisa D. Freiman
Creative Time
Nelson Nygaard
Fluidity
Faithful + Gould
*AECOM
BIG
Lead Pencil Studio
Project Projects
Speirs + Major
WET Design
Davis Langdon
Christy Webber
Tivoli International
Eden Project
*Aedas Architects
Martha Schwartz Partners
Halcrow Yolles
Solomon Cordwell Buenz
Marshall Brown Projects
Pentagram
Fisher Marantz Stone
Suzanne Randolph Fine Arts
Davis Brody Bond
Atelier Dreiseitl GMBH
Dan Euser
Ned Kahn Studios
Hoerr Schaudt
Action Sport Development
Marks Barfield Architects
Lou Raizin
Gregory Hummel
*James Corner Field Operations
Terry Guen Design Associates
nArchitects
Bruce Mau Design
Leo Villareal
L’Observatoire International
Ed Marszewski
Fluidity Design Consultants
Patrick Blanc
John Greenlee & Associates
Chris Wangro
Billings Jackson
Buro Happold
Primera
HR&A Advisors
ETM Associates
*!melk
HOK
UrbanLab
Terry Guen Design Associates
Thirst
Zoe Ryan
Conservation Design Forum
HR&A Advisors
Magnusson Klemencic Associates
Sam Schwartz Engineering
Leni Schwendinger LIGHT projects
CMS Fountain Consultants
Karin Bacon Enterprises

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