September 11th and its lasting effect on Chicago architecture

September 9, 2011

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Chicago architecture saw changes after September 11, 2001.

September 11th had potential to change many of the familiar elements in our landscape: Take the physical structures that form Chicago. Architecture, a critical part of the city's DNA, from the famous skyline all the way down to the massive Deep Tunnel. After the attacks, many viewed some of the city’s bold and iconic designs as potential targets.

Blair Kamin and Lee Bey joined Eight Forty-Eight to discuss how much architecture changed after 9/11. Ten years ago, Bey was deputy chief of staff for architecture and urban planning, under Mayor Daley. Kamin is architecture critic for the Chicago Tribune and author of Terror and Wonder: Architecture in a Tumultuous Age. Bey now writes about the city and photographs local structures for WBEZ.org. Bey is also the executive director of the Chicago Central Area Committee.