Net X-Ings
Responding to monumentality of Daniel Burnham's park and the horizontality of the lake front, X-INGS connects the park to the waterfront with a network strategy. The bridge refuses a singular gesture and instead forms a network of paths, trajectories and options. While the park and fountain are monumental, hierarchical, and singular, the bridge is horizontal, non-hierarchical and multiple. It dialogs with the fountain without imitating it, but also without competing with it. The network takes the dimension of the fountain plaza as its outer limit or frame, spanning between it with multiple paths. The paths form "desire lines" connecting nodal points on either side, and allowing for point to point access. The multiple paths produce a aggregate webbing of surfaces, creating stopping points and eddies. The bridge is not simply a connector, but becomes a destination- a place. From the elevated bridge platform, the city and the lake are represented. The cityscape forms the background to the park?s foreground. The linear paths form alignments with monuments in the city. The paths site the monuments, helping the viewer locate key points in the city, mapping the city through alignments.

Public Space
Chicago, IL
United States
Chicago Architectural Club