Thursday, July 3, 2008

Chicago: Best Architecture and Design City

Chicago is named the best city for architecture and design according to an independent study conducted by RMJM Hillier, the North American division of the worldwide architecture firm RMJM.

The study looked at 10 criteria. Among them:
  • architecture awards
  • “green” design and
  • public transit systems

RMJM selected 10 cities to draw comperisons. Zogby International in its turne interviewd 1000 residents of those cities on architecture and design. Chicago came out on top giving New York and Boston second and third places.

The Top Ten Cities for Design:

1. Chicago, IL
2. New York, NY
3. Boston, MA
4. Los Angeles, CA
5. Portland, OR
6. San Francisco, CA
7. Seattle, WA
8. Denver, CO
9. Philadelphia, PA
10. Washington, D.C.

The study found that Eighty-seven percent of Chicago residents think that the architecture in their city is excellent or good, versus 63% of New Yorkers and 64% of Bostonians.

The study also names three “Cities to Watch:” Minneapolis, Minnesota; Baltimore, Maryland; and Phoenix, Arizona.

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