One hundred years ago, in 1909, architect Daniel Burnham and Edward Bennett completed a document called the “Plan of Chicago,” which, to use the words of The New Yorker, “determined the shape of modern Chicago.”  Now, in an effort to build upon the work of Burnham and plan for the next 100 years, Big. Bold. Visionary: Chicago Considers the Next Century presents the work of nearly three dozen architects and planners with a vision for the windy city.

As part of the Burnham Plan Centennial, the Chicago Tourism Center, 72 E. Randolph Street, will host the exhibition, which has proposals loosely based around six themes: Big Plans, Catalysts, Public Spaces, The Lakefront, Towers, and Transportation.

One specific proposal, CTA Provocation, by Robert Benson of 4240 Architecture caught our attention.  The proposal combines urban scale wind turbines with a new, near silent mass transit system.  The turbines seem to be some kind of semi-gyroscopic design that would take advantage of the city’s wind and provide electrical power for transportation.  Kind of interesting … what do you think?  See the other proposals.



Photo credits: The Burnham Plan Centennial.