Lawrence Okrent has been a Chicago-based urban planning and zoning consultant for more than 40 years, and a colleague of FitzGerald Associates Architects for nearly as long.
He recently published Chicago From the Sky: A Region Transformed, a stunning 240-page pictorial history—from an aerial perspective—of the far-reaching changes that have occurred in Chicago and its region over the past twenty-five years. The book includes 92 illustrated articles on subjects as diverse as the creation of the Museum Campus, the end of the era of large-scale, single-site public housing, the evolution of the city’s signature sports venues, and the revival of historic city neighborhoods such as Chinatown, Wicker Park and the Near South Side.
Throughout Okrent’s book, several major works by FitzGerald Associates are featured including University Village, Oakwood Shores, River Village and Parkside of Old Town.
“Lawrence Okrent has been a friend of ours and consultant to our clients for many years,” says FitzGerald Chairman and Managing Partner Patrick FitzGerald. “We are pleased to see Larry’s passion for land use and aviation published in such a dramatic and long overdue volume. We can all share and learn from his unique aerial perspective about the city and about our own work within the larger urban context.”
Lawrence Okrent and his firm, Okrent Associates, Inc., provide services in aerial photography, mapping and graphic design in addition to its core planning and zoning work.