Monday, August 08, 2005

I visited Milwaukee this weekend and got a chance to see the Milwaukee Museum of Art's Calatrava addition (see pictures). It's a breathtaking design that takes full advantage of the site. I don't know if Calatrava can design something in Elgin that would be as contextually marvelous as in Milwaukee, where his signature style of curving white lines perfectly suited the lakefront site. I think only an international design competition could answer the question of who could come up with the best design for the proposed concert hall. Those who are ultimately responsible for the selection ought to make the primary requirement clear: that we require a building so striking, beautiful and original that it can stand as an icon of our city. Anything less would be another squandered opportunity and a waste of money.


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