Chicago Tribune op-ed feature

The Chicago Tribune publishes Joseph Altshuler's op-ed "The Thompson Center: a retrospective from the future." This story "disguised" as architectural criticism written in the future, from the vantage point of 2035, reflecting on the latent civic and architectural value of the James R. Thompson Center, one of the most important public interiors in the nation and an emblematic example of postmodern architecture that is worthy of preservation. The state of Illinois officially put the Thompson Center on the market on May 3, 2021, and the building is currently threatened with probable demolition by its new buyer. This surprisingly plausible story communicates what a viable and innovative adaptive reuse scenario for the building could look like.

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