Chicago Pier Redesign Creates Vertical Farms To Feed Local Restaurants
Designers from around the world unveil future plans for remaking the popular public space.
The Copenhagen-based architectural group Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has collaborated with the technical and management support services firm AECOM to propose a renewal project for Chicago’s Navy Pier that, along with creating new public gathering areas and lookout structures, would see the construction of a vertical urban farm that would produce food for restaurants at the pier.
The design was submitted by BIG as part of an international competition to breath new life into the public spaces of Illinois’ popular tourist attraction. Five teams of designers are unveiling competing plans this week for the makeover, which has a budget of $85 million.