June 19, 2022, the second day of the graduation trip, continuing westward, which is the way to the central Great Plains. It was another day of rushing along, leaving at almost 10:00 a.m. Then 8+ hour drive, counting various meals and gas stops, crossed a time zone, and ended up arriving at almost 19:00 local time.
At the motel in the morning, the sun shines through. Even though it's the end of June, it's still cold outside at night.
Today's road is basically along the Great Lakes side of the highway driving, now looking at the map I realize that it is so close to Ohio, Ohio is also the train derailed in February 2023 dumping countless chemical substances, but also the movie "Blackwater" took place in that place, in that movie talked about a bunch of chemical plants and chemical material leakage place.
Along the way west, I began to see a lot of large American farmland, this is a farmer's house on the side of the highway, the tractor and other farm equipment were placed at the side of the house.
June 2022, it should be the most expensive gas price, to go on this trip to the graduation trip, here compared to yesterday in Niagara Falls before adding gas for $4.999/gal has been 8% more expensive, basically as you closer to Chicago, the more expensive the price, when you reach the city of Chicago, the price of oil has been more than $7/gal, you can imagine is the cost of living in Chicago is still quite high.
My 2007 Sienna, filled up a tank of gas to run on the highway until the light came on and could stay for 440 miles.
Arrived in Chicago, it was 7:00 p.m., and the whole Chicago city impression was started at this long lake landscape strip.
Along the lake driving, you can feel this long lake park system, Chicago's city skyline, gradually appearing in front of the eyes.
The closer we got to the center of the city, the more traffic there was, and the more parks there were, the more visitors parked on the side of the road.
Eventually, I parked my vehicle in the multi-story parking lot at Millennium Park.
Millennium Park can be said to be a collection of masterpieces of the park, I remember when I took the Plant course, I had seen a small garden example made by GGN in Millennium Park.
本来想去参观一下，可惜由于到达芝加哥已经算是比较晚，距离日落时间不多，由于此次旅行芝加哥并非重点，而时间也比较赶， 而芝加哥是出了名的治安差。我不希望重新再次出现吴同学的悲剧，所以此次"Urban Dérive"，因为更希望所以决定去看的是最重要的sasaki在芝加哥做的river walk，以及顺便参观一下芝加哥的城市感受其城市繁华。而游览过程，甚至连相机都出于安全考虑，没有拿出来。此次所有照片均由小米9拍摄，这台三年多四年老的手机，拍照也算是那样了。
I would liked to visit it, but unfortunately, since I arrived in Chicago quite late, I didn't have much time before sunset, and since Chicago was not the main focus of this trip I was in a hurry, and Chicago is notorious for its poor security. This "Urban Dérive" aimed to see the most famous project done by Sasaki in Chicago, as well as by the way to visit the city of Chicago to feel its urban prosperity
Strolling through Chicago, the various buildings in front of our eyes give us a very prosperous feeling.
The stacks of buildings are taller than those in Miami, and the architectural shapes are relatively richer and more varied.
All the different shapes, from the relatively old to the new, converge here.
The further you go down to the river, the more you realize that the design seems to be more complex than expected, and the river seems to be significantly lower than the first floors of all these buildings, with a difference in height of almost 10 meters. And all these city roads, there seems to be another layer of the road below, due to the rush of time, so far I have not been able to distinguish exactly where the ground is the real ground, and the roads and buildings have overhead, for this Chicago and create waterfront space.
People in a hurry at sunset.
On this side, there is the Trump building, which looks like a big ship, the glass facade brings dazzling reflections, but unfortunately the sunset, all like reflections, it seems to be seemingly dim.
这条运河的立体之处，似乎这些城市之间的桥就能体现出来，所有的这些draw bridge ， 可以在大船到来我打开的桥，以及其道路，把所有的高层建筑的都营造出了一个双首层的结构。 道路上是一层，而运河边上是另一层。
The river and the space above were designed with multi-level, it seems that these bridges between cities can be reflected, all of these draw bridges can open when the ship arrives, as well as its road, and all the high-rise buildings are to create a double first floor of the structure. On the road is one level, and on the canal is another level.
There are also bridges on the bridge, like building a Chongqing three-dimensional city on the plains.
The intricacies of the bridges and the scenery and views are as different as you stay at different places.
The biggest advantage of this double first-floor structure is that it feels like it becomes layered, and it is easy to see what is going on in the canal, and what exactly is going on can be easily seen. The downside is that the more complex grading will need to be designed and figured out in coordination with the landscape as well as the architecture, and inevitably there will be a lot of stairs and ramps in many places to get to the canal side. The elevated height of the whole thing also allows most boats to pass through without the draw bridge being open.
This also requires that there be a corresponding planning and restriction of rules and regulations in the urban design in advance so that all the buildings can be constructed by the expected construction, which shows that the whole city of Chicago has a preconceived idea about the planning of the city center. The traffic volume and history of the river dictated that it could not be built on site like other cities, and the city's status and finances required a certain level of support for the construction of landscapes other than these buildings. The advantage is a richer spatial structure and activity pattern, while the disadvantage is of course a more complex design and expensive maintenance.
Such a design model has not been adopted in Miami, Florida.
Fort Lauderdale also did not adopt. On the one hand, Florida is in the south with many canals, so all the projects may not have the same construction period and design phase, unified provisions for the construction of such a double-first-floor model, I am afraid that will only bring disaster, on the other hand, since the river network is densely populated, it is also decided that there will be a lot of activities that can be carried out in the river, but also can not focus on doing great things, the status of the river and the status of rivers and rivers, if the unified design and construction of such, may not be cost-effective. cost-effective.
After the Trump building, there is the Corn Bucket building, and the reason why Chicago can adopt this model lies in the fact that when this bridge and road was designed, it was decided that it is three-dimensional relative to the canal.
There will also be second-level transportation modes such as railroads crossing here underneath. The city as a whole is much more complex, with a mix of new and old modes of transportation that blend and mingle and can't cause too many problems, and I can't help but be reminded of the Boston Big Dig, which was built over a decade or two.
由于RISD距离sasaki的物理距离并不算太远，而Chicago River Walk这个项目的设计就是由sasaki去设计，所以就会有老师带着她们sasaki做的项目过来给我们上课了，Chicago River Walk可以说是sasaki设计的一个重要的项目了。
Since RISD is not too far from Sasaki physically, and the design of Chicago River Walk project is designed by Sasaki, so there will be teachers with their Sasaki projects to come over to teach, Chicago River Walk can be said to be an important project designed by Sasaki.
After the completion of the project, Sasaki harvested a bunch of awards, class on the introduction of this project, a lot of construction and construction of chairs, and so on the design, which are prefabricated and then assembled on-site to meet the relative accuracy.
而整个项目可以说是贵， 400多个百万的美金才把整个项目做下来。相当于4个亿美金。作为对比，纽约的猎人角公园花了66million，建一个Chicago River Walk这样的复杂的滨水公园相当于可以建7个猎人角公园。这个差距很难在场地上感受到。
And the whole project was arguably expensive, over 400 million dollars to get the whole thing done. That's the equivalent of four hundred million dollars. As a comparison, Hunter's Point Park in New York costs 66 million dollars, and building a complex waterfront park like the Chicago River Walk is equivalent to building 7 Hunter's Point Parks. The difference is hard to feel on the grounds.
Because it's a three-dimensional structure, you'll need to take an industrial-style staircase to get to Riverwalk. And since the security is not very good, this place opens only from 6:00 am to 11:00 pm, the implication is that except for this period, the probability that this waterfront park will be secure is not very good.
Going down the bridge you can see this three-dimensional road construction, many times it seems will confuse the drivers and do not know whether to drive above the ground or below the ground.
Along the river, all kinds of boats, the river is wider to bring the advantage is to be able to sail bigger boats, Fort Lauderdale is a big problem in relatively small riverbanks.
The second feeling when walking here is that Sasaki made the design, but actually only one side, that is to say, the other side of the river, not at all very suitable for such a visit, the bottom of the bridge is also no road connected, walk on the other side of the river, it is very uncomfortable.
Suddenly you realize how ridiculous it is to spend over 400 million dollars on a project that only has a river walk on one side and not on the other.
And then the river walk, which can walk on one side and not on the other, creates a relationship between seeing and being seen.
The space on the other side probably thought that since I couldn't walk, I should do something fancy so that it wouldn't look so ugly. Therefore it was decorated with various kinds of decorations.
The other reason, perhaps, is that the river across the street, under the building also needs to find a way to park boats, really three-dimensional design, the design of this corn tower building could solve the parking problem, simply directly under the part of the whole into a parking lot, or spiral up the kind of, and then the upstairs and then as use of space, and then downstairs can be docked with the canal, just short of the roof and then build a helicopter landing site, you can say that the water, land and air are all connected. It can be said that the land, water, and air are all connected.
Walking along the river, different platforms start to appear, there is a dock and seat resting waterfront platform, and a pure seat type very close to the canal.
Theses seats are very close to the water's edge, and the water will still splash out when the boat drives by.
There are also restaurants on the shore.
There is also an underwater communication link to the bottom of the artwork bridge.
After passing through, there is a stage-like platform with steps for people to sit on.
It was getting dark, so I decided to walk away while there was still some light, and on the way, I saw police cars everywhere on the street to protect the security. It seemed to become unsafe to stay for a long time.
Under the dusk, a quick walk through the city and a visit to Millennium Park, so started to go to a place to eat that I had already found earlier in the car. Parking in Millennium Park for a little more than an hour, the charge of $ 24, is considered the most expensive parking lot I have ever parked in, but I am not familiar with the area, I do not know what place to park better, and I did not drive all the way to the teammates to do better planning and did not go to look for it. I can only marvel at the high cost of consumption.
I found an oyster restaurant, and the price is cheaper than the oyster restaurant prices in Rhode Island.
The location of the restaurant is here, I forgot the name. You can find it if you are interested.
Mostly Translated by Deepl.