Late June was when we learned about the Chicago Architecture Club's Chicago Prize for 2005: Water Tanks. The winners were announced at a lecture by jury chair Tom Mayne last week. Here's the winners (descriptions are from the Sun-Times):
First: Rahman Polk - Chicago, IL
"A design that would turn Chicago's water tanks into a network of electricity-generating wind turbines...water tanks around Chicago would be transformed into a network of electrical generators that would create a citywide, publicly accessible WiFi network and use LED displays to broadcast Webcasts, cultural exhibits, Amber alerts, weather warnings and other public service announcements."
Second: Eric R. Hoffman - St. Louis, MO
"[Transform] the water tanks into a series of urban bird refuges with nests and feeding systems adaptable to a variety of migratory birds."
Third: Francine LeClercq - New York, NY
"[Relocate] a group of water tanks into a surprising new context as part of a vast art project. The concept, which the jurors called 'The Graveyard,' would arrange the tanks in rows above a reflecting pool"
Oliver Heckman, Hoon Cho, and Mike Null - Chicago, IL
Ross Perkins - Edinburgh, Scotland
Matthew Coates and Ruth Coates - Bainbridge Is., WA
Joyce Hwang and Milenko Ivanovic - Buffalo, NY
Michael Thompson - Chicago, IL
Lee Shradar and Stephanie Cameron - Portland, OR