Carol Ross Barney will talk about the Redevelopment of the Chicago River this Friday at NYC’s FIT

It is hard to imagine the existence of Chicago or even the industrial revolution of this country without the Chicago River. The 1887 decision by the State of Illinois to reverse the flow of water from the Great Lakes to the Mississippi allowed goods to be moved across the city and possibly into the Gulf of Mexico. The river has always had a mythical relationship, so slightly detached, with Chicago until recent years. But a recent effort has transformed the river and its built banks into a major public space for the city, especially its downtown Loop. No architect was more responsible for this transformation than Carol Ross Barney. I will interview Barney about his important work turning the riverbanks into a "Riverwalk" this Friday, May 12 for NYCxDesign's NYC Design Talks.

Q & A, free and open to the public, will be held at the Katie Murphy Amphitheater of Fashion Institute of Technology from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm.