Chicago is a city mighty proud of its architecture. The number of architecture boat tours available attest to that, along with the zest of the tour guides. After all, Chicago was home to the World’s Columbia Exposition in 1893 (aka the Chicago World’s Fair), some of the early great skyscrapers and until last month, the tallest building in the United States.
We recently took one of those said boat tours but were struck by one of the architectural gems not mentioned by the tour guide–the Chicago River’s bridge tender houses. To us, the attention paid to such functional buildings are truly what sets Chicago apart and conveys the architectural fervor the city is so proud of. Here’s an overview of some of these beautiful houses, which range from wooden clapboard to Beaux Arts.
The High Line in New York City is one of the most well-known elevated parks, but around the world there are many similar urban reclamation projects underway. The success of the High Line inspired many other cities around the world to reuse and rethink space around old rail lines. Here are 10 plans from Europe, Canada, Australia, Asia, the United States and Mexico.
Here are our picks this week for the best of the Untapped Cities Photo Pool. To have one of your photos featured in our weekly roundup just hashtag your Instagram or Twitter photos with #untappedcities. Keep an eye on what others are tagging by following our live feed!
1 WTC (newly crowned tallest building in the US) reflected on to the newly opened 4 WTC by @rachel_fawn:
This week, we wanted to highlight all the urban exploration and city finds our readers have been photographing on Instagram and Twitter all around the world. Hashtag #untappedcities and follow Untapped Cities on Instagram to get your photos featured in this weekly roundup.
Instagrammer @laraelmayan shows us this Art Deco facade in the Manhattan’s Financial District with a surprisingly warm glow:
This interactive project combines nineteenth-century maps of six American cities to satellite images of those cities today. You can toggle between using either as a background while using the other as viewfinder window. The result is a before-and-after exploring tool. This project is a collaboration of David Rumsey Map Collection (amazing historical map resource), ESRI’s story maps, and the online Smithsonian Magazine.
Note how this land on the Upper West Side looks contiguous from the Park, almost completely undeveloped in 1836.