More than 150 University of Chicago professors and lecturers are protesting a "socially regressive" plan to build an "Obama Center" next to the school's campus. "So, as you might guess, I've been pretty hands-on in the plans for this Center - and Michelle has, too".
Changes to the library's plans include switching up the museum building's design, adding additional landscaped paths and relocating the parking facility. The foundation announced Monday a planned above-ground garage has been dropped in favor of an underground one.
In its first 10 years, the Center is expected to have a total economic impact of $3.1 billion, according to the Foundation. It will be composed of eight floors and will feature public spaces including a top floor with views of the park and Lake Michigan. We actually designed it with this photo in mind - of hands coming together - and so each facade of the tower will be a little different from the next. A forum building for community events and programming, an athletic center for the community, outdoor plaza and library building will also be built in honor of Obama's legacy.
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"The entire OPC campus is designed with universal design concepts, so that it can be accessed, understood, and used to the greatest extent possible by all people regardless of their age, size, ability, or disability", the Foundation's site says.
"While we don't expect everyone to agree with every element of the plan, we look forward to working with people across the community and the city to make the most of the opportunity to create a global destination that will showcase the South Side to the world", a spokesperson for the Obama Foundation said.
"Any community organizer worthy of the name would have put this museum on the west side of Washington Park, which desperately needs the economic revitalization and already has extensive public transportation in place, as well as easy access to the Dan Ryan [Expressway]", Mr. Lipson said. "It's a public recognition of many people's stories".
"This input has shaped the design, it's challenged us, and it's made our design better".