Apr 30, 2013




Milwaukee Broadway Street

SynergiCity celebrates the reinvention of industrial districts as mixed-use neighborhoods: warehouses become residences, factories contain offices, and industrial waterfronts are reborn as parks.

The word synergicity describes the social, economic, environmental, and political process through which developers, architects, urban planners, and citizens renew communities.

This exhibition presents stories of transformation in six Midwestern cities: Chicago, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, St. Paul, St. Louis, and Peoria.


SynergiCity is made possible through the generous support of the School of Architecture, College of Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.  
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With a particular emphasis on the Rust Belt of the American Midwest, SynergiCity argues that 
cities such as Detroit, St. Louis, and Peoria must redefine themselves to be globally competitive. 
This revitalization is possible through environmentally and economically sustainable restoration of 
industrial areas and warehouse districts for commercial, research, light industrial, and residential 
uses. The volume's expert researchers, urban planners, and architects draw on the redevelopment 
successes of other major cities--such as the American Tobacco District in Durham, North Carolina, 
and the Milwaukee River Greenway--to set guidelines and goals for reinventing and revitalizing the 
postindustrial landscape.

Contributors are Paul J. Armstrong, Donald K. Carter, Lynne M. Dearborn, Norman W. Garrick, 
Mark L. Gillem, Robert Greenstreet, Craig Harlan Hullinger, Paul Hardin Kapp, Ray Lees, Emil 
Malizia, John O. Norquist, Christine Scott Thomson, and James H. Wasley.

"Instead of handing over neighborhoods to city hall or private developers, this book shows that 
the solution to many cities' plights lies within them. Empowering residents to take control of and 
build on community assets, engaging them in community-based organizations that can spearhead 
revitalization and build real quality of place, yields real results. To the extent that they adopt a 
holistic approach to planning and build on a city's intrinsic strengths, they can accomplish miracles.
"--from the foreword by Richard Florida

* Full Disclosure - Ray Lees and I wrote the chapter on Peoria redevelopment.

Craig Harlan Hullinger AICP MPHS Jan 66

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