Fascinating article, to me, anyway -
Start of the article about this winning design -
Venice of the Midwest?
UrbanLab wins History Channel's 'City of the Future' competition with watery vision of Chicago in 2106
February 8, 2007
BY KEVIN NANCE Architecture Critic
If this were "American Idol," the Chicago architecture firm UrbanLab would have just scored its first recording contract.
UrbanLab principals Martin Felsen and Sarah Dunn, who beat out seven Chicago teams last fall for a $10,000 prize in the History Channel's "City of the Future" competition, crushed the winning teams from New York and Los Angeles in Internet voting for the national prize and an additional $10,000.
A Webcast about the contest -- whose goal was to envision what the three cities might look like in the year 2106 -- will be posted on www.history.com/designchallenge
starting today. Celebrity architect Daniel Libeskind, who designed the master plan for Ground Zero and hosted the online proceedings, will announce UrbanLab's winning project, which envisions a network of water-recycling "eco-boulevards" encircling Chicago.
See link for the rest... (there are graphics/photos with the article as well).