Design Leadership Competition

Grid | River | Landmark

Using historic precedents of the Chicago River’s previous bends and the urban block organization, the proposed infrastructure will both clean the river and draw hyperdense development to the Chicago’s new South Loop.

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Grid | River | Landmark

Using historic precedents of the Chicago River’s previous bends and the urban block organization, the proposed infrastructure will both clean the river and draw hyperdense development to the Chicago’s new South Loop.

Yanwen Xiao, Silas Haslam

First Prize

SOUTH BRANCH SUCCESSION

Anticipating a resilient future, this site offers opportunity for reconnecting a fragmented urban landscape while revealing the history of industrial, ecological, and political influences. Our projects seek to tell the story of temporal succession along the river’s South Branch.

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SOUTH BRANCH SUCCESSION

Anticipating a resilient future, this site offers opportunity for reconnecting a fragmented urban landscape while revealing the history of industrial, ecological, and political influences. Our projects seek to tell the story of temporal succession along the river’s South Branch.

Lauren Fraley, Chris Loyal

Second Prize

SWITCHRAIL

Repurposing Chicago’s rail lines to meet the needs of its people.

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SWITCHRAIL

Repurposing Chicago’s rail lines to meet the needs of its people.

Scott Hefner, William Sendor, Ian Zapata

Third Prize

ACCESS CHICAGO: Establishing a New Infrastructure for Public Life

Chicago is riven by infrastructural divisions. This proposal uses physical connections across the site to enable access to new forms of food production, new modes of learning, health and wellness resources, and alternative forms of economic production and exchange.

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ACCESS CHICAGO: Establishing a New Infrastructure for Public Life

Chicago is riven by infrastructural divisions. This proposal uses physical connections across the site to enable access to new forms of food production, new modes of learning, health and wellness resources, and alternative forms of economic production and exchange.

Martin Lariviere, Jon Loewen, Dan McTavish

Honorable Mention

River Colonies

River Colonies are terraforming communities made of pods that are dispersed in the river to seek blighted industrial zones along the river’s edge. They will attach themselves to an area and begin the clean-up process to reactivate the river into pedestrian and commercial zones.

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River Colonies

River Colonies are terraforming communities made of pods that are dispersed in the river to seek blighted industrial zones along the river’s edge. They will attach themselves to an area and begin the clean-up process to reactivate the river into pedestrian and commercial zones.

Gustavo Mendoza, Gia Zapattini

Honorable Mention

Values-Engineered Landscape

A good masterplan is multi-layered, ecologically-constructive, wild-life enabling, wind-mitigating, additive-not-destructive, future-ready, connections-building, program-adaptive, incrementally-phased, risk-managed, and organically grown over time. A great plan uses these community values as parameters for building mountains.

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Values-Engineered Landscape

A good masterplan is multi-layered, ecologically-constructive, wild-life enabling, wind-mitigating, additive-not-destructive, future-ready, connections-building, program-adaptive, incrementally-phased, risk-managed, and organically grown over time. A great plan uses these community values as parameters for building mountains.

Martin Chow

Honorable Mention

Source of Life

“Source of Life” City Model is a “Super Organism”. It sets up symbiosis between people (Inner organism) and their environment (extended organism). The target of this model is to innovate, cultivate and educate our life sources within a city. Source of Life is an infinite loop of closed urban living cycles.

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Source of Life

“Source of Life” City Model is a “Super Organism”. It sets up symbiosis between people (Inner organism) and their environment (extended organism). The target of this model is to innovate, cultivate and educate our life sources within a city. Source of Life is an infinite loop of closed urban living cycles.

Jason Chia, Janneke Eggink, Aarathi Muralidharan

Shortlist

Urban Oasis

Once Chicago’s beloved waterfront disappears into winter’s bitter cold, what is our new destination?

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Urban Oasis

Once Chicago’s beloved waterfront disappears into winter’s bitter cold, what is our new destination?

Gilryong Song, Arman Hosseini, Margaret Yoo

Shortlist

Urban Patch

Historically isolated and guarded the design, Urban Stitch, proposed to reconnect the city by reshaping its physical boundaries and weaving in opportunities for diverse land uses along a restored waterfront.

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Urban Patch

Historically isolated and guarded the design, Urban Stitch, proposed to reconnect the city by reshaping its physical boundaries and weaving in opportunities for diverse land uses along a restored waterfront.

Rui Song

Shortlist

Railway Evolution from 1848

The urban renovation ties the railway and the new urban lifestyle together to transform the industrial heritage site into a place for native, innovative people and tourist.

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Railway Evolution from 1848

The urban renovation ties the railway and the new urban lifestyle together to transform the industrial heritage site into a place for native, innovative people and tourist.

Joe Fang, Chen Li

Shortlist

NeighborFOOD

NeighborFOOD is a health-oriented and self-sufficient community aimed to enhance the local economy and the well-being of all its inhabitants. This Chicago prototype is an experiment designed to inspire adaptations by similar urban environments, contributing to efforts in global sustainability.

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NeighborFOOD

NeighborFOOD is a health-oriented and self-sufficient community aimed to enhance the local economy and the well-being of all its inhabitants. This Chicago prototype is an experiment designed to inspire adaptations by similar urban environments, contributing to efforts in global sustainability.

Danny Mui, Alan Mui

Shortlist

Feed the City

Our site brings the opportunities to create a livable system to regurgitation-feeding the city and people of Chicago. We believe that urban agriculture system will response to both the sustainable environment and social needs.

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Feed the City

Our site brings the opportunities to create a livable system to regurgitation-feeding the city and people of Chicago. We believe that urban agriculture system will response to both the sustainable environment and social needs.

Chukai Chen; Luke Li

Shortlist

Urban Oasis

Concept: Create a green island to heal the scar created by the rail track. How to improve the land value taken by the track is the main issue.

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Urban Oasis

Concept: Create a green island to heal the scar created by the rail track. How to improve the land value taken by the track is the main issue.

Yanfang sun

Shortlist

Social Interchange

Social Inter-Change leverages a large-scale civic infrastructure as the foundation of a new urban health district. Those without access to education, healthcare, and a safe community now find social, ecological, and economically-driven programs to foster sustainable growth.

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Social Interchange

Social Inter-Change leverages a large-scale civic infrastructure as the foundation of a new urban health district. Those without access to education, healthcare, and a safe community now find social, ecological, and economically-driven programs to foster sustainable growth.

Ryan Kurlbaum, Luke Laverty, Matthew Pierce

Shortlist

Death in the White City

Death in the White City demonstrates architecture’s ability to reflect and shape society by calling attention to one of Chicago’s, and the nation’s, most pressing problems—violence—through a decisive, striking language.

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Death in the White City

Death in the White City demonstrates architecture’s ability to reflect and shape society by calling attention to one of Chicago’s, and the nation’s, most pressing problems—violence—through a decisive, striking language.

Edwin Harris, Billy Askey

Shortlist

We are ONE CHICAGO!

Embracing diversity, integrating society, and providing equal access to all of Chicago’s people through urban planning and progressive public policies.

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We are ONE CHICAGO!

Embracing diversity, integrating society, and providing equal access to all of Chicago’s people through urban planning and progressive public policies.

Shawna Hammon, Jessica Braverman

Horizontal Skyscraper – programmatic ‘elevator’ on railway

Chicago is based on skyscraper (effective, economy) in 20th, what if we create a horizontal skyscraper (events and communication) for better humanized environment for people in a view of 21st.

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Horizontal Skyscraper – programmatic ‘elevator’ on railway

Chicago is based on skyscraper (effective, economy) in 20th, what if we create a horizontal skyscraper (events and communication) for better humanized environment for people in a view of 21st.

Jimmy Li

Blackwater Meadows

An industrial site, isolated from the city by train tracks, embraces the dirty river and purifies through wetland.

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Blackwater Meadows

An industrial site, isolated from the city by train tracks, embraces the dirty river and purifies through wetland.

Gina Gage

RESTORATIVE TURBULENCE

The rule is very simple: follow the natural power, and let the river make its own decision. The rule for future construction: away from 100 year flood plain as well as keep in the existing texture.

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RESTORATIVE TURBULENCE

The rule is very simple: follow the natural power, and let the river make its own decision. The rule for future construction: away from 100 year flood plain as well as keep in the existing texture.

SIYU TIAN

The Venice of Chicago

Cities tend to push their built environment against the river. The result creates a sharp edge between the city and the river. My idea is to create a relationship between the river and the city.

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The Venice of Chicago

Cities tend to push their built environment against the river. The result creates a sharp edge between the city and the river. My idea is to create a relationship between the river and the city.

Alberto Figueroa

River Obscura

Spent industrial space is not a problem, but a true reflection of what creates the city. Delicate intervention suggests pause and continuing engagement of site; learning, observing, from the landscape while providing an unexpected perspective of Chicago’s past and present.

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River Obscura

Spent industrial space is not a problem, but a true reflection of what creates the city. Delicate intervention suggests pause and continuing engagement of site; learning, observing, from the landscape while providing an unexpected perspective of Chicago’s past and present.

Anna Mahnke, Julia Beardsley, Tyler Macneal

Neuron Relink

The idea of neuron relink is based on the idea of renewable energy, revival activities and reconnected communications, whose function is like what the neuron system have in the human body.

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Neuron Relink

The idea of neuron relink is based on the idea of renewable energy, revival activities and reconnected communications, whose function is like what the neuron system have in the human body.

Renzol Li , Zehui Li

Water Linkage

The Chicago River has learned to adapt to human activity in the past. Humans can learn to adapt to Chicago River’s nature in the future.

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Water Linkage

The Chicago River has learned to adapt to human activity in the past. Humans can learn to adapt to Chicago River’s nature in the future.

Gong Zheng, Xia Yin, Shen Jun

REPOsition

REPOsition is about building resilient cities by establishing symbiotic relationships between the community, urban planning and education. Our site is comprised of community initiated and run incubation projects that create relevant learning experiences all while bringing sustainability to the forefront.

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REPOsition

REPOsition is about building resilient cities by establishing symbiotic relationships between the community, urban planning and education. Our site is comprised of community initiated and run incubation projects that create relevant learning experiences all while bringing sustainability to the forefront.

Erica Deam, Brian Gasmena, Florrie Chow

Mastering the Five Elements: Design of the Sustainable City

Create a self-sustainable city within an urban context with five elements all inter-connected for a balanced environment.

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Mastering the Five Elements: Design of the Sustainable City

Create a self-sustainable city within an urban context with five elements all inter-connected for a balanced environment.

Nalin Godawitharana, KayDawn Wilson, Yigong Zhang

M.E.S.H: CONFLUENCE OF STREAMS SERVING THE CITY

‘MESH’ (Maximize, Existing Systems through Height) is a planning strategy, which is designed as a ‘second generation’ planning methodology for infill lots within established cities. Instead of simply continuing to add to consumptive facilities, the new structures in the ‘mesh’ method are specifically designed as service structures for an established city. Developments are rewarded, through exponential additional GFA, by combining multiple streams of development.

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M.E.S.H: CONFLUENCE OF STREAMS SERVING THE CITY

‘MESH’ (Maximize, Existing Systems through Height) is a planning strategy, which is designed as a ‘second generation’ planning methodology for infill lots within established cities. Instead of simply continuing to add to consumptive facilities, the new structures in the ‘mesh’ method are specifically designed as service structures for an established city. Developments are rewarded, through exponential additional GFA, by combining multiple streams of development.

Jay S. Lim, Robert Van Lin, Sergio Maranaho

THE STRAND

The proposal represents the strand stiches the urban fabric like a thread to its surrounds. Like a fiber in a muscle it connects and enables movement between urban nodes, allowing the opportunity for new rhythms and dynamics for an improved city integration within Chicago action plan for South Loop.

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THE STRAND

The proposal represents the strand stiches the urban fabric like a thread to its surrounds. Like a fiber in a muscle it connects and enables movement between urban nodes, allowing the opportunity for new rhythms and dynamics for an improved city integration within Chicago action plan for South Loop.

DEBORA MAYER, JOANA TORRES

TRANSITIVE

TRANSITIVE is a solution to an overcrowded, congested transportation system by enforcing communication between different modes of transportation to create a more effective mesh for travelers to utilize.

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TRANSITIVE

TRANSITIVE is a solution to an overcrowded, congested transportation system by enforcing communication between different modes of transportation to create a more effective mesh for travelers to utilize.

Trent Weatherford, Michael Maddox, Meagan Cope

Heart.Beat

Heart.Beat’s elevated arterial network promotes wellness through interconnectivity and movement, encouraging participation with the site’s architecture and many amenities. Layering and vertical distribution of program and transit enhance inhabitants’ experience, with unique strategies employed for the benefit of each system.

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Heart.Beat

Heart.Beat’s elevated arterial network promotes wellness through interconnectivity and movement, encouraging participation with the site’s architecture and many amenities. Layering and vertical distribution of program and transit enhance inhabitants’ experience, with unique strategies employed for the benefit of each system.

Donna Marion, Nathan Mattson

Motive Power

The design works to reinvent, revitalize, and reconnect people with the site and the site with its natural potential. The site with its abundance of natural agents (water, steam, wind, electricity) offers an opportunity to build upon its MOTIVE energy producing potential.

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Motive Power

The design works to reinvent, revitalize, and reconnect people with the site and the site with its natural potential. The site with its abundance of natural agents (water, steam, wind, electricity) offers an opportunity to build upon its MOTIVE energy producing potential.

Kirk Malanchuk, Erik Rostad, Mariel Dougoud

The City Circle

The City Circle is a vibrant, 24/7, live-work-play, connected community. The hyper loop, an evolutionary infrastructure, weaves itself through the urban fabric connecting Open Block, Open Street and Dense City within a Landscape synergy strategies.

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The City Circle

The City Circle is a vibrant, 24/7, live-work-play, connected community. The hyper loop, an evolutionary infrastructure, weaves itself through the urban fabric connecting Open Block, Open Street and Dense City within a Landscape synergy strategies.

Jiayu Ma

Building-Intergrated Agriculture

Serving as a sustainable model of Chicago, this masterplan celebrates the importance of the Midwest agriculture history, as well as Chicago’s future potential. Connecting and revitalizing the once disconnected site, this masterplan solves the disconnection between The Loop, University Village, Lakefront, and South Loop.

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Building-Intergrated Agriculture

Serving as a sustainable model of Chicago, this masterplan celebrates the importance of the Midwest agriculture history, as well as Chicago’s future potential. Connecting and revitalizing the once disconnected site, this masterplan solves the disconnection between The Loop, University Village, Lakefront, and South Loop.

Kevin Elika, Heidi Eisenberg

Ping City

Today’s city is greatly like the personal computer before the internet: self-serving and isolated. While technology becomes more immersive and scalable, the city stagnates. Ping City explores a future of programmatic redensification by altering sociological perceptions of physical and spatial boundaries.

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Ping City

Today’s city is greatly like the personal computer before the internet: self-serving and isolated. While technology becomes more immersive and scalable, the city stagnates. Ping City explores a future of programmatic redensification by altering sociological perceptions of physical and spatial boundaries.

Sunny Ao, Zachary Carson, Neil Reindel

On the Edge: Design from the Outside In

The often forgotten edge is the essential area that brings people into a site, community or space. Our team began by creating 4 principles to guide our design for a sustainable community. These principles act as the foundation for which we base our design strategies and each relate to a particular edge moment on the site.

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On the Edge: Design from the Outside In

The often forgotten edge is the essential area that brings people into a site, community or space. Our team began by creating 4 principles to guide our design for a sustainable community. These principles act as the foundation for which we base our design strategies and each relate to a particular edge moment on the site.

Elsa Snyder, Rafaela Kirloss, Stephanie Mauer

WINDhill along the Chicago River

WINDhill & WINDtower represent an aspiration to dream big, working together with the wind and water to push society forwards. Utilizing a design that incorporates a multilevel landscape allows for a unique combination of community, education and conservation.

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WINDhill along the Chicago River

WINDhill & WINDtower represent an aspiration to dream big, working together with the wind and water to push society forwards. Utilizing a design that incorporates a multilevel landscape allows for a unique combination of community, education and conservation.

Morel Orta

Sky Prairie

An adaptive reuse area of post-industrial spaces as zones for technologically innovative thinking. A restored riparian area showcasing environmental stewardship. An elevated urban prairie park and bird sanctuary.

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Sky Prairie

An adaptive reuse area of post-industrial spaces as zones for technologically innovative thinking. A restored riparian area showcasing environmental stewardship. An elevated urban prairie park and bird sanctuary.

Jay Manzo

Axial Inversion

“Axial Inversion” represents a philosophy of a maturing city: Pedestrians above cars. Parks above trains. People above all else. Its goal is to respect the Axis but Invert the convention to put the City at the service of its people.

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Axial Inversion

“Axial Inversion” represents a philosophy of a maturing city: Pedestrians above cars. Parks above trains. People above all else. Its goal is to respect the Axis but Invert the convention to put the City at the service of its people.

Justin Wortmann, Kerstin Kraft, Mayur Patel

CHICAGO’S SHORTCUTS: A Blending of Space + Time on Earth

For a simplified notion of a wormhole, space can be visualized as a two-dimensional surface folding on top of itself to connect two points. In this case, a wormhole would appear as a hole in the surface transmitting another location in the world right here in Chicago.

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CHICAGO’S SHORTCUTS: A Blending of Space + Time on Earth

For a simplified notion of a wormhole, space can be visualized as a two-dimensional surface folding on top of itself to connect two points. In this case, a wormhole would appear as a hole in the surface transmitting another location in the world right here in Chicago.

Rob Deering, Matt Zelensek

The Yard

We believe BIG FENCES = BAD NEIGHBORS. “The Yard” is a place for getting to know each other. Envisioned as the backyard of Chicago it is both a path and cultural soundboard for the surrounding neighborhoods and Chicago at large.

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The Yard

We believe BIG FENCES = BAD NEIGHBORS. “The Yard” is a place for getting to know each other. Envisioned as the backyard of Chicago it is both a path and cultural soundboard for the surrounding neighborhoods and Chicago at large.

Michael Bryant, Armand Peña

R. Revolution

The robot industry will revolutionize the entire working process and change the world! The city of Chicago will benefit from its good industrial foundation and developed transportation system to lead the robot industry and become one of the most creative cities in the world.

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R. Revolution

The robot industry will revolutionize the entire working process and change the world! The city of Chicago will benefit from its good industrial foundation and developed transportation system to lead the robot industry and become one of the most creative cities in the world.

Joseph Huang

Urban Homeo[stasis]

This project is renewable and redevelops the Taylor Power Station as a micro-hydro water battery. It uses the site to capture and cleanse water for reuse, and the rail zone becomes a flood water reservoir. For urban agriculture, the site includes a 30 story vertical farm for 50,000 people. The redevelopment we propose will be used to treat soil contamination and create restorative ecologies. The site will develop a resilience economy, seed redevelopment of the industrial zone and provide ample public space. The goal is to use 100% renewable building materials and provide food and materials.

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Urban Homeo[stasis]

This project is renewable and redevelops the Taylor Power Station as a micro-hydro water battery. It uses the site to capture and cleanse water for reuse, and the rail zone becomes a flood water reservoir. For urban agriculture, the site includes a 30 story vertical farm for 50,000 people. The redevelopment we propose will be used to treat soil contamination and create restorative ecologies. The site will develop a resilience economy, seed redevelopment of the industrial zone and provide ample public space. The goal is to use 100% renewable building materials and provide food and materials.

STEVEN VELEGRINIS, ALI AL-SAMMARRAIE

River and Rail

The Chicago River and Chicago’s rail infrastructure are two of the most important factors influencing the growth of the city. This project attempts to revitalize both rail and river as important transportation and recreation lines.

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River and Rail

The Chicago River and Chicago’s rail infrastructure are two of the most important factors influencing the growth of the city. This project attempts to revitalize both rail and river as important transportation and recreation lines.

Ryan Chester

Urban Sutures

Urban Sutures takes a disconnected corridor along the Chicago River and re-integrates it with the public realm. Each tube weaves previously disparate building functions such as a power plant, post office, and an apartment complex into a singular design solution.

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Urban Sutures

Urban Sutures takes a disconnected corridor along the Chicago River and re-integrates it with the public realm. Each tube weaves previously disparate building functions such as a power plant, post office, and an apartment complex into a singular design solution.

Joseph Sarafian

Industrial Archeology

Discover relics of Chicago’s industrial past and present in this riverside promenade that explores the history and impact of rail. As a city that was built on the innovation of rail, Chicago established itself as the central hub of trains in the early 1900’s which allowed the city to grow alongside rail.

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Industrial Archeology

Discover relics of Chicago’s industrial past and present in this riverside promenade that explores the history and impact of rail. As a city that was built on the innovation of rail, Chicago established itself as the central hub of trains in the early 1900’s which allowed the city to grow alongside rail.

Nic Hnastchenko

The Chicago River Approach

This project seeks to stimulate public interest in the Chicago River by creating an active public scene along its length. By drawing from the unique character of its ecological systems and its urban adjacencies, a memorable destination is created with its architecture framing, a new approach towards the riverfront.

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The Chicago River Approach

This project seeks to stimulate public interest in the Chicago River by creating an active public scene along its length. By drawing from the unique character of its ecological systems and its urban adjacencies, a memorable destination is created with its architecture framing, a new approach towards the riverfront.

Anish Reddy

The Waterfall

The WATERFALL development expands upon Chicago’s civic and environmental reputation, being a home to the Water Museum and the Transportation Museum. Environmentally, the development makes strides by restoring the natural environment and habitat at the water’s edge.

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The Waterfall

The WATERFALL development expands upon Chicago’s civic and environmental reputation, being a home to the Water Museum and the Transportation Museum. Environmentally, the development makes strides by restoring the natural environment and habitat at the water’s edge.

Chooyon Rosa Kim, Matthew Wang

GREEN LOOP

Mrs. O’Leary’s Floating Modules act as connectors and extensions of the site bringing life to the territory. The floating modules are a versatile equipment that can work both individually and assembled. The assemblies create a variety of different uses.

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GREEN LOOP

Mrs. O’Leary’s Floating Modules act as connectors and extensions of the site bringing life to the territory. The floating modules are a versatile equipment that can work both individually and assembled. The assemblies create a variety of different uses.

Fred Zara, Mariana Coltro, Rodrigo Gianoni

CHICAGO RIVER HIGH-LOOP PATH

The railways and the Chicago River have been a primary obstacle in terms of neighborhood connection. The intent of the project is to let the components interact with nature and neighborhood through the High-loop path, and to blur the site boundary.

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CHICAGO RIVER HIGH-LOOP PATH

The railways and the Chicago River have been a primary obstacle in terms of neighborhood connection. The intent of the project is to let the components interact with nature and neighborhood through the High-loop path, and to blur the site boundary.

KJ KIM

Chicago’s Progressive Corridor

This masterplan creates a framework of key buildings each serving a fundamental role in attracting a wide range of community members to the Chicago River front. The focus for the masterplan is a highly energy efficient series of buildings which include a zero net energy tower, a vertical farm, a micro home community and a variety of public green spaces and plazas to foster activity throughout the site.

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Chicago’s Progressive Corridor

This masterplan creates a framework of key buildings each serving a fundamental role in attracting a wide range of community members to the Chicago River front. The focus for the masterplan is a highly energy efficient series of buildings which include a zero net energy tower, a vertical farm, a micro home community and a variety of public green spaces and plazas to foster activity throughout the site.

Scott Dansereau

PATCH UP CHICAGO

‘PATCH UP CHICAGO’ UTILIZES ‘PATCH DYNAMICS’, A CONCEPTUAL APPROACH TO ECOSYSTEM ANALYSIS THAT EMPHASIZES THE DYNAMICS OF HETEROGENEITY WITHIN A SYSTEM. CHARACTERIZED BY THEIR STRUCTURE, FUNCTION, AND COMPOSITION, THE PROPOSAL ESTABLISHES A FRAMEWORK THAT ACCOMMODATES A RANGE OF FUTURE DEVELOPMENT.

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PATCH UP CHICAGO

‘PATCH UP CHICAGO’ UTILIZES ‘PATCH DYNAMICS’, A CONCEPTUAL APPROACH TO ECOSYSTEM ANALYSIS THAT EMPHASIZES THE DYNAMICS OF HETEROGENEITY WITHIN A SYSTEM. CHARACTERIZED BY THEIR STRUCTURE, FUNCTION, AND COMPOSITION, THE PROPOSAL ESTABLISHES A FRAMEWORK THAT ACCOMMODATES A RANGE OF FUTURE DEVELOPMENT.

CHRISTINA LIN, KELSEY MCLAUGHLIN

SWITCHRAIL

Repurposing Chicago’s rail lines to meet the needs of its people.

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SWITCHRAIL

Repurposing Chicago’s rail lines to meet the needs of its people.

SCOTT HEFNER, WILLIAM SENDOR, IAN ZAPATA

Third Prize

Cultivating Connectivity

“Cultivating Connectivity” aims to reclaim public space in the South Loop through a series of connective strategies including an elevated park, community farm, transportation hub, and an adaptive response to aging infrastructure.

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Cultivating Connectivity

“Cultivating Connectivity” aims to reclaim public space in the South Loop through a series of connective strategies including an elevated park, community farm, transportation hub, and an adaptive response to aging infrastructure.

Arsalan Abbasi, Jay Holt, Daniel Pering

GRAFTING CHICAGO: HEALING A SOCIAL SCAR BY INJECTING VIGOROUS URBAN SETTINGS

Akin to the medical procedure of skin grafting, this project envisions a strategy that extracts portions of the city’s DNA and transposes them into blighted areas. Rather than prescribing the future of the site, by identifying the performative qualities that define the socio-cultural imagination of Chicago, this operation sets a framework for reclaiming the existing infrastructure to cultivate an unexpected evolution of urban life.

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GRAFTING CHICAGO: HEALING A SOCIAL SCAR BY INJECTING VIGOROUS URBAN SETTINGS

Akin to the medical procedure of skin grafting, this project envisions a strategy that extracts portions of the city’s DNA and transposes them into blighted areas. Rather than prescribing the future of the site, by identifying the performative qualities that define the socio-cultural imagination of Chicago, this operation sets a framework for reclaiming the existing infrastructure to cultivate an unexpected evolution of urban life.

Silvana Herrera, Armando Rigau

SWELL the South Branch

Our design to swell the South Branch mitigates runoff and pollution by blurring the line between river and shoreline, creating a “swell district” of constructed wetlands that will slow and filter water entering the river into the future.

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SWELL the South Branch

Our design to swell the South Branch mitigates runoff and pollution by blurring the line between river and shoreline, creating a “swell district” of constructed wetlands that will slow and filter water entering the river into the future.

Katlyn Leach, Sara Marley

EXPO15

The framework of Expo15 is: First - establish a new order to the site; Second – activate the site through its use as an international exhibition; and Third - using the exhibition as a catalyst, transition the site to functional urban dwelling.

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EXPO15

The framework of Expo15 is: First - establish a new order to the site; Second – activate the site through its use as an international exhibition; and Third - using the exhibition as a catalyst, transition the site to functional urban dwelling.

Allen Pratt, Luke Booth

Significant Mountain, Peaceful Water

Originally suffering from barely-used tracks and vacant park, the site is now reactivated by embracing new functions and users, which is composed of “significant mountain” above rails and “peaceful water” in environment.

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Significant Mountain, Peaceful Water

Originally suffering from barely-used tracks and vacant park, the site is now reactivated by embracing new functions and users, which is composed of “significant mountain” above rails and “peaceful water” in environment.

Yao Chen

Unintended Consequences

The entry is a Comic Book proposing that the site be walled off from human intervention for 50 years.

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Unintended Consequences

The entry is a Comic Book proposing that the site be walled off from human intervention for 50 years.

Matthew Crummey

The Switch

The Switch is a district like no other. Designing with core principles, engaging the public, and harnessing the power of big data allows development of the area to be driven entirely by the needs and desire of the community.

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The Switch

The Switch is a district like no other. Designing with core principles, engaging the public, and harnessing the power of big data allows development of the area to be driven entirely by the needs and desire of the community.

Lydia Collis, Vicki Moffat, Joelle Rygus

The 21st Century Park

A diverse, wide reaching project for the people, which offers options to the makers, creatives and entrepreneurs of the world. A generator for future successes of the masterplan, and to be a part of something exciting in the overall redevelopment.

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The 21st Century Park

A diverse, wide reaching project for the people, which offers options to the makers, creatives and entrepreneurs of the world. A generator for future successes of the masterplan, and to be a part of something exciting in the overall redevelopment.

Siobhan O'Leary, James Newman, Genevieve Tyack

Mid-Western Microcosm

Mid-Western Microcosm is an urban experiment that ties together existing urban artifacts to create a new location for fun, activity and learning in Chicago.

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Mid-Western Microcosm

Mid-Western Microcosm is an urban experiment that ties together existing urban artifacts to create a new location for fun, activity and learning in Chicago.

Jaekwang Lim, Clay Thompson, Mehdi Jelokhani

Dignity Canal District

This Canal District cultivates a harmonious communion of cultural diversity with nature. Recognizing social and environmental injustices, this self-sustaining development seeks to raise social and environmental awareness and celebrate Chicago’s leadership, rich diversity, and desire for change.

Added 2 Oct 2015

Dignity Canal District

This Canal District cultivates a harmonious communion of cultural diversity with nature. Recognizing social and environmental injustices, this self-sustaining development seeks to raise social and environmental awareness and celebrate Chicago’s leadership, rich diversity, and desire for change.

Robert Casstevens

Re-Living Chicago

The project aims to relive Chicago’s glory days as a major transportation hub in the country. Furthermore it tries to re-establish Chicago as a laboratory for architectural idea. Through its scale and character the new transportation hub becomes an icon in the city, re-claiming Chicago’s lost ground.

Added 2 Oct 2015

Re-Living Chicago

The project aims to relive Chicago’s glory days as a major transportation hub in the country. Furthermore it tries to re-establish Chicago as a laboratory for architectural idea. Through its scale and character the new transportation hub becomes an icon in the city, re-claiming Chicago’s lost ground.

Senaid Salcin

Stitching the City

A new framework is proposed to establish connection between segregated parts of the city and thereby promote increased community interaction and sustainable growth.

Added 2 Oct 2015

Stitching the City

A new framework is proposed to establish connection between segregated parts of the city and thereby promote increased community interaction and sustainable growth.

Abul Abdullah, Nicholas Michelin

Building-Integrated Agriculture

Serving as a sustainable model of Chicago, this masterplan celebrates the importance of the Midwest agriculture history, as well as Chicago’s future potential. Connecting and revitalizing the once disconnected site, this masterplan solves the disconnection between The Loop, University Village, Lakefront, and South Loop.

Added 2 Sep 2015

Building-Integrated Agriculture

Serving as a sustainable model of Chicago, this masterplan celebrates the importance of the Midwest agriculture history, as well as Chicago’s future potential. Connecting and revitalizing the once disconnected site, this masterplan solves the disconnection between The Loop, University Village, Lakefront, and South Loop.

Kevin Elika, Heidi Eisenberg