Re-humanizing the Commercial Core: A Masterplan for Chicago's Central Loop

Master's Thesis


This thesis intends to study the nature and problems of the American city’s commercial core and – by an extension and adaptation of the principles of traditional urbanism – produce a new masterplan for the central business area and lakefront of Chicago. Special attention will be given to the relationship of open public space within the urban fabric, as well as the correlative relationship of monumental buildings within open space. Ultimately, this plan will show how, through a process of defining and developing public spaces, establishing a hierarchical network of buildings and streets, and better addressing the notion of human scale, one can begin to re-humanize the American commercial core.


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  • etd-04152005-155807

Author Neil Edmund Hoyt
Advisor Richard Economakis
Contributor Richard Economakis, Committee Chair
Contributor Norman Crowe, Committee Member
Contributor John Stamper, Committee Member
Degree Level Master's Thesis
Degree Discipline Architecture
Degree Name MADU
Defense Date
  • 2005-04-29

Submission Date 2005-04-15
  • United States of America

  • masterplan

  • urban

  • design

  • loop

  • chicago

  • University of Notre Dame

  • English

Record Visibility and Access Public
Content License
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