We’ve had an interesting month examining alternate sites for the design competition. Based on feedback at last week’s Collaborative meeting, we have decided to go with a site on the Near West Side directly adjacent to four major institutions: the United Center, Malcolm X College, Cook County Hospital & Rush Hospital.
The Near West Side site is representative of an ‘in between’ site in the City of Chicago: In between already established local destinations, i.e. The United Center, Malcolm X City College, Rush University Medical Center, and to a larger scale, in between downtown Chicago and the outer city.
This type of leftover space is common in Chicago, a city defined by its neighborhoods. Successful development of this site that is guided by Living Building principles could be used as a template for other Chicago neighborhoods in the future.
In addition, LBCC Chicago has partnered with Biomimicry Chicago to perform an AskPlace research project which analyzes the original, pre-development site conditions and recommends locally-attuned, restorative design strategies for the project site.
Bob & Brian