From "hard infrastructure," such as roads and bridges, dams and canals, to "soft infrastructure, " like parks and town squares, public art and rails-to-trails, a city's overall infrastructure has a significant influence on daily life and links its residents, neighborhoods and businesses.
The former category features key facets that drive economic development and growth, while the latter type of infrastructure serves to improve residents' quality of life.
The planning of projects where people work and play, and making well-designed connections between both, is often a political tug-of-war due to the intersection of public policy, markets and aesthetics.
Given the important role of infrastructure, the 2017 UIC Urban Forum is designed to raise issues related to uniting hard and soft infrastructures, the built environment’s lasting impact on a city and its people, opportunities for economic development, and the future of city design.
Toni Preckwinkle, President, Cook County Board
Michael Amiridis, Chancellor, University of Illinois at Chicago