Chicago Architecture

Between States Exhibition: Edge
Part of an ambitious showcase of 50 community-based design solutions to transform underappreciated and underperforming spaces in Chicago into rejuvenated civic anchors.

SPACE worked with Avenir Creative on a proposal that reconsiders the street from a pedestrian’s point of view. The area surrounding the North Branch of the Chicago River between Fullerton and Diversey illustrates how consumerism has shaped our urban landscape. Big-box stores and an expanse of empty parking lots line the street, while the river behind them sits hidden and for- gotten. SPACE proposed a new green buffer of landscaping between pedestrians and the street creates a more comfortable experience and encourages more walking and biking in the area. The edges of the parking lot are filled with two-story work/live modules, featuring small local businesses on the first floor and efficient living spaces above.

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