Obama library as drone aviary? Chicago Prize winners speculate on president’s legacy

A hypothetical concept for the Barack Obama Presidential Library, straddling the Chicago River. The proposal was among the winners of the 2014 Chicago Prize. (Zhu Wenyi, Fu Junsheng, and Liang Yiang)

A hypothetical concept for the Barack Obama Presidential Library, straddling the Chicago River. The proposal was among the winners of the 2014 Chicago Prize. (Zhu Wenyi, Fu Junsheng, and Liang Yiang)

The Chicago Architectural Club announced the winners of its 2014 Chicago Prize Tuesday, awarding five honors to speculative proposals for Barack Obama’s Presidential Library. Peace signs, notions of community ownership, and even drones enlivened the conceptual debate swirling around a closely watched project already wrought with its own political complications.

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Obama library round-up: Woodlawn, Lakeside, Bronzeville and more vying for nation’s 14th presidential library

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HOK’s scheme for Bronzeville. (HOK)

Speculation over the future site of President Barack Obama’s presidential library has picked up as a slew of Chicago sites—as well as some in New York, Hawaii, and even Kenya—made the June deadline for proposals. Ultimately the decision is up to the President and the board tasked with developing what will be the nation’s 14th presidential library, but dozens of groups are attempting to tug at that group’s ears. (Even I used AN‘s June editorial page to consider the library’s urban impact.) Here’s a round-up of some of the Chicago proposals made public so far.

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