Mark Thomann lectures at Mildred’s Lane: “Floating Fluttering Flowing: The Big Fill”

July 2, 2016 Grounds

As part of the Social Saturday series, wHY Grounds Workshop Leader Mark Thomann presents recent and ongoing landscape and urban design projects.

SKY LANDING by Yoko Ono Opening in October 2016

June 13, 2016 Buildings, Grounds

One year ago today, on June 12, 2015 at, Yoko Ono, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Project 120 team members, and community leaders held a Ground Healing Ceremony on the site of SKY LANDING, Ono’s first permanent public art installation in North America. wHY is serving as the architect of record for SKY LANDING and lead master planner for the re-design of Jackson Park. Read more here.


June 8, 2016 Buildings

The jury commented that wHY’s design proposal “The jury felt that your design proposal had a strong concept, with an intriguing shape and dramatic and compelling imagery. The civic spaces were strong, and your team demonstrated clear thinking about the multiple functions of the museum, not just the gallery spaces. The porous quality of the museum was admired, with a clear attempt made to reach out to the surrounding neighborhood through multiple entrances. The jury enjoyed the presentation style and technique – this level of engagement and enthusiasm was felt to be a particular strength.” Read more here.  

Interactive Timeline of Jackson Park

June 1, 2016 Uncategorized

Two non-profits recently launched a digital, interactive map and timeline illuminating the history of the Garden of the Phoenix, the Jackson Park site that continues to serve as a symbol of U.S. – Japan relations. The “Garden of the Phoenix Digital Experience,” available at, was created by Project 120 and the Garden of the Phoenix Foundation. Both organizations are partners of the Chicago Park District in park revitalization efforts. See the timeline here.

WGN Radio Hosts Talk about Jackson Park’s Role in US-Japan Relations

June 1, 2016 Grounds

A project involving wHY since 2012, Robert Karr, President of Project 120 Chicago, joins WGN radio host Justin Kaufmann to discuss the efforts to develop and implement plans and projects to holistically revitalize the nationally significant, complex historic urban spaces we call Chicago’s South Parks. >>>

Travel + Leisure features Speed Art Museum in ‘World’s Most Beautiful New Museums’

June 1, 2016 Buildings

Speed Art Museum, which opened in March, is featured alongside Faena Forum in Miami, Museum of Tomorrow in Rio de Janeiro, SFMoMA in San Francisco, The Broad in Los Angeles, Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris and Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. >>>