Chicago Spire Site Competition, Mine the Gap, Building Project, Photo, News, Design, Image

Chicago Architectural Club Contest

Chicago Spire Site Contest, United States of America

Feb 12, 2010

Chicago Spire Competition

Mine the Gap – international ideas competition, Chicago
Chicago Architectural Club contest for empty Chicago Spire site

Chicago Architectural Club: Chicago Prize

Chicago Spire site

The Chicago Architectural Club is pleased to announce the 2010 Chicago Prize Competition: MINE THE GAP, a single-stage international design ideas competition dedicated to examining one of the most visible scars left after the collapse of the real estate market in Chicago: the massive hole along the Lake Michigan shore that was to have been—and may yet be—the foundation for a singular 150-story condominium tower designed by an internationally-renowned Spanish architect, a tower which was to have become a new icon for the city and region.

What to do with the gap? Whether or not the project is resuscitated, what else can we do with this strategic and highly-charged site? Once the motor of real-estate speculation has stalled, what can we use to propel ourselves, and the discipline, forward?

First Prize: $3,500
Second Prize: $1,500
Third Prize: $750
Up to 3 Honorable Mentions will be awarded

The results of this competition will be announced in May 2010, at a public event to be held in Chicago. All entries will be published in the forthcoming issue of the CAC Journal, alongside the results of the 2008 Burnham Prize Competition, Union Station 2020.

3 May 2010
Competitors may submit material online anytime between March 22, 2010 and May 3, 2010. Registration is open, and may be completed anytime before the deadline.

Entry Fee: Register Now
CAC Members $30 2010 dues must be paid before registering
Students: $50 Students must upload a copy of their current school identification card.
Professionals: $90

Lynn Becker
Writer, Chicago Reader and Architecturechicagoplus

Preston Scott Cohen (pending confirmation)
Principal, Preston Scott Cohen, Inc.
Professor and Department Chair
Harvard University

Martin Felsen
Partner, UrbanLab; Chicago, IL
Professor, Illinois Institute of Technology
Director, Archeworks

Jeanne Gang
Patner, Studio/Gang/Architects
Professor, Illinois Institute of Technology

Robert Somol
Professor and Department Director
University of Illinois-Chicago

Antony Wood
Executive Director
Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
Professor, Illinois Institute of Technology

The 2010 Chicago Prize Competition is made possible by the generous support of:
The Members of The Chicago Architectural Club
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
Website :

Location: Chicago, IL, USA

Architecture in Chicago

Contemporary Chicago Architectural Projects

Chicago Architectural Design – chronological list

Chicago Architecture Tours – city walks by e-architect

Chicago Building News

World Skyscrapers

Santiago Calatrava Architect

Chicago Architecture

Chicago Skyscrapers – Selection:

Aqua Tower
Aqua Tower Building
image from architects practice

Sears Tower Chicago modernization and hotel
Sears Tower Chicago
image © Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

The Fordham Spire Chicago – 400 North Lake Shore Drive

Design: Santiago Calatrava architect / engineer

Progress on hold – 2009

To become the tallest tower in the USA

Due to not only beat Chicago’s Sears Tower but also New York’s Freedom Tower

124-storey skyscraper

Height: 2,000 ft high

More details re the Chicago Spire online soon

Chicago Architect

Comments / photos for the Fordham Spire Chicago Architecture – Mine the Gap ideas competition page welcome

Chicago, IL, USA