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Chicago's Next Landmark? Goldberg's Iconic Marina City

The iconic corncob-shaped towers of Marina City, which have graced Chicago's skyline for the last five decades, are being considered for landmark status. Designed by Bertrand Goldberg, a student of Ludwig "Less is More" Mies van der Rohe, the development helped pioneer the "city within a city" style of urban planning and was a groundbreaking in terms of design and planning philosophy. To officially be named a city landmark, it'll need to be approved by the Commission on Chicago Landmarks, which recently declined to provide landmark status to Goldberg's Prentice Women's Hospital, the focus of a long preservation battle that found a handful of star architects backing the Brutalist building.

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