kris moreau ork m
I a m a n u r b a n i s t, architectural designer + writer. I C O L L A B O R AT E O N resilient + INCLUSIVE civic systems.
K r i s m O R E A U / c .v. architectural experience
p u b l i c at i o n s + T E A C H I N G
Chicago Park District Planning Department | Chicago | 05.2014 - 08.2015 Planning Assistant
The Architect’s Newspaper | Chicago + New York | 12.2012 - Present Contributing Writer
• Designed $5M of constructed projects across 40 city parks • Head Designer + Project Manager for new Housing Authority teen center
• Writes thoughtful design + exhibition reviews for industry publication
Latent Design Architecture + Urbanism | Chicago | 11.2014 - 08.2015 Architectural Designer • Collaborated with architects + citizens at progressive urban design startup • Created maps, graphics + events for major Transit Authority placemaking initiative
American Institute of Architects, Chicago | Chicago | 12.2012 - 12.2013 Student Director of the Board • Represented students city-wide on board of 3000-member association • Instituted new Q+A forums + symposia, connecting students + architects
Eric A. Chase Architects | Brooksville, ME | 06.2010 - 08.2010 Architectural Intern • Proposed + analyzed sustainability strategies, aiding architect on site
Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum | Washington, DC | 01.2009 - 05.2009 Curatorial Intern
Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) | Chicago | 05.2015 - 02.2016 Toolkit Author + Workshop Leader, Large Lots Chicago Program • Developed + authored community design toolkit for formerly city-owned lots
Outdoor Home Magazine | New York | 09.2016 Freelance Writer • Published article on strategies for more welcoming landscape design
University of Chicago Arts Incubator | Chicago | 02.2015 Workshop Instructor • Lead introductory course on urban planning + civic design
School of the Art Institute of Chicago | Chicago | 12.2013 - 05.2014 Graduate T.A. • Supported Architecture 101 course through teaching + logistics
• Researched + drafted exhibition publications, proposals + floor plans
Juanele Art News | Buenos Aires, Argentina | 01.2011 - 06.2011 Art + Architecture Critic
E D U C AT I O N
Revit, AutoCAD, Rhino, Maxwell Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop Some GIS + Grasshopper Editorial, Marketing, Research Writing Mac + PC fluent, MS Office Public speaking Copy-editing, Grant-writing Competition, RFQ, + RFP Preparation Physical models, CNC + 3D printing Freehand sketching
Bicycled Canada to the Gulf down the Mississippi. Raised 200% of goal to empower youth cyclists | 08.2015 - 12.2015
M. Arch. 2014 School of the Art Institute of Chicago
B.A. 2010 Bates College, Lewiston, ME
Thesis on Urban Bike Infrastructure Presented at AIA Convention 2014 event
Major: Art | Minor: Economics Thesis on Contemporary Public Housing
Additional Coursework Yestermorrow Design/Build School
Study Abroad Experience New York University, Berlin
Natural Design/Build Intensive | 01.2014
Urban Memory | 07.2009 - 08.2009
New York University
Syracuse University, Western Europe
Contemporary Art | 07.2008 - 08.2008
Economics of Globalization | 06.2009
• Reviewed design + interviewed makers for bilingual arts journal
“40 Under 40” Leadership Award 2013 Building Design + Construction Magazine Architecture Writing Finalist 2012 Schiff Foundation Crammond Award for Exhibition Design 2011 Garden Club of America
An Activate! Chicago live theater event in a formerly empty plaza
ACTIVATE! CHICAGO challenge
·· Chicago Transit Authority RFP seeks to monetize 50 public plazas to pay for upkeep ·· Billboard companies submitted vast majority of RFP responses
·· Launch city’s first micro-retail kiosks, supporting startups ·· Host cultural events and placemaking throughout city, funded by kiosks
·· Capitalize on each community’s assets to promote happiness + economic wellbeing
PLAZA AS PLATFORM Multi-faceted approach to the planning, design + management of public space
ARTS streetscape improvements that are both temporary and permanent.
A C T I VAT E ! C H I C A G O N E I G H B O R H O O D D I S T R I B U T I O N As the City’s intiative seeks to revamp underused plazas owned by the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), many of the Activate! sites are located near public transit stops with above average pedestrian traffic.
Community areas with 1 or more Activate! plaza CTA Subway lines (“The El”)
D I V E R G E N T C i t y b u d g e t s f o r n e w p u b l i c s pa c e The City values public space in the downtown spotlight very differently from public space in residential neighborhoods.
Maggie Daley Park
MACRO + MICRO SCALES OF URBAN DESIGN All Activate! sites are rejuvenated in one of two ways, depending on foot traffic: (1) through a special event series or (2) through an entrepreneurial kiosk called a Boombox. Revenue generated by the Boombox network supports non-profit events + site maintenance. Here, a plaza becomes an impromptu stage for the teens of The Joffrey, Chicago’s prestigious ballet.
“Design creates great spaces, but we also need design to create local jobs.” -Katherine Darnstadt, AIA National Young Architect of the Year, Founder of Latent Design + Activate! Chicago
B E T W E E N S TA R T U P + S T O R E F R O N T Boombox is an Activate! Chicago economic development initiative for entrepreneurs poised to expand. A Boombox unit is a pre-fab micro-retail kiosk in a repurposed, climate-controlled shipping container. A unit can be affordably rented in prime locations from 2 to 12 weeks, with supportive business incubation services.
An artisanal chocolatier sets up in a Boombox before Valentine’s Day
“Super corrugation” pre-fab panels, compatible with optional branded vinyl wrap
Collapsible glass doors, securable + winterized
Open shelving for adjustable merchandise display
Views to rear for multidirectional sales exposure
8” step up to shop retail interior or performance stage, adapted from shipping container
Evening mingling at a Boombox on a formerly dark + vacant plaza
Teens catching up at the “Indoor Stoop” before an afterschool program begins
carver teen WELLNESS center challenge
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Struggling school district Food desert Overcapacity public gyms Unsafe outdoor public areas Lack of dedicated study spaces No local community center
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Safe space for teens to relax Mentoring + Tutoring Cooking Classes Dance + Yoga Strength Training
·· Amino acids are shared building blocks that make us individuals. ·· The teen center is a building block for healthy bodies + strong social bonds.
URBAN CONTEXT Chicago’s chronic inequalities isolate and disadvantage this community.
“Academic Watch Status” Public School Violent Crime Incident (2000-2010) Food Desert Heavy industrial zone Carver Teen Wellness Center location Sources: Northern Illinois University, Chicago Public Schools, + U.S. Census [Public school data]; University of Chicago Crime Lab [Violent crime data]; Chicago State University + Chicago Food Desert Action [Food desert data]
NEIGHBORHOOD CONTEXT Carver Park is located within the Chicago Housing Authorityâ€™s Altgeld Gardens Homes, built in 1944, with over 3400 residents. While the city is taking emergency efforts to improve housing units, the neighborhood is cut off from much of the city due to a dire lack of public transit, a raised highway, a toxic canal, abandoned manufacturing complexes, and active landfills.
S PAT I A L A N A LY S I S Illustrating the impact of the architectural interventions
PLAN Originally, this space was constructed as a medical crisis clinic with small exam rooms. When the clinic closed in the eighties, a few walls were removed and it became neglected long term storage with occasional overflow indoor class space during rainy days at summer camp.
This project was co-funded by the Coca-Cola Foundation, Chicago Park District, and Chicago Housing Authority. Park District staff manages the current programming in the space in partnership with iGlow Mentoring, a local non-profit for youth mentorship.
“The Carver Park Teen Center is an important development that is part of an overall revitalization for this community.” -Mayor Rahm Emanuel to Chicago Sun-Times, 06.26.2015
Adult Climbing Wall
2’ Plyometric Box Station
Cross-Training Fitness Rack Captain’s Chair
Cross-Training Fitness Pommel
Secure Storage & Pantry Demo Kitchenette White Board & Projection Wall
Future Community Mural Wall
Mirror Wall with Ballet Barre
Carver Teen Wellness Center increases programmable space both indoors and outdoors, increases the natural light penetration by removing awkward partitions and raising the ceiling height from 7’ to 9’, and gives community residents at least 5 new reasons to visit the park.
50” Parallel Bars
Coats & Boots
Modular Bleachers / Indoor Stoop Entry
“Teen residents served by Carver Park are receiving the skills — and the philosophical agency — to make proactive lifestyle changes that will vastly improve the quality of their lives for the long-term.” Dance + yoga studio
-Parks + Recreation Magazine, “Equity in Agency,” 09.01.2015
Kids enjoying their new neighborhood playground
C H I C A G O p l ays challenge
·· Fulfill Mayor’s promise that every child is a 10 minute walk from a safe place to play
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Develop over 100 acres of new park land Revitalize over 300 existing parks with aging playgrounds within five years Incorporate as much community input as possible Welcome children ages 2-12 of all physical abilities
·· Bring equity to play through a clear community input system on a city-wide scale
O N E Y E A R o f N E W P L A C E S T O P L AY Each circle on this map illustrates area in a 10 minute walk (â€œplay radiusâ€?) of a newly constructed playground. These were the sites selected and developed through community input for a single year (2015) in this five year program.
10 min walk from playground where I was lead designer 10 min walk from playground where I was a team member Park Waterway
F O S T E R i n g A G E N CY w i t h d e m o c r at i c pa r k d e s i g n Combining social media democracy with direct action for the first time in the cityâ€™s park design process, Chicago Plays is an ongoing pilot project for a new civic model of community input integration on a large scale.
Communities nominated future playground locations online through Chideas.org + social media..
My team conducted hundreds of site visits, creating accurate as-builts + recommending upgrades.
Studying adjacencies to play areas + crowdsourcing ideas, we created site specific.design proposals.
With 3+ customized design options for each park, communities voted in person at meetings + online.
Chicago Park District managed all construction, completing each park in 8-10 weeks.
Community volunteer days helped complete the final touches + renewed a sense of local ownership.
I N V I T I N G K I D S O F A L L A G E S T O TA K E “ S A F E R I S K S ” Each community voiced their priorities for their new park improvements, whether that meant extra play opportunities for children with limited mobility or a color scheme that coordinated with the nearby public school sports teams.
“It personifies city living by packing forwardthinking fun in such a small footprint. The layout of this space makes it feel cozy and communal - a true neighborhood cornerstone.” -Review of a new Chicago Plays playground in Red Tricycle, a major national parenting blog
“We run weekly programming for black girls that teaches our history in an affirming, loving context. We know that building community is as much about learning together as it is about exploration, so we took our youth to the new playground to stretch our legs and bond over laughter and play.” -Hannah Baptiste, Co-Founder of Assata’s Daughters, a prominent education + advocacy non-profit
“I was thinking a combo vegetable and ornamental garden, but maybe also an art installation, workout area, or a space for neighborhood events.” -Makazin Alexander’s plans for her $1 lot
LARGE LOTS challenge
·· Pilot land use program sells vacant lots for $1, but does not provide guidelines for use ·· While only local residents are qualified to buy lots, few have experience developing land
·· Develop cirriculum + lead a workshop series for new Large Lots landowners ·· Research + publish digital + physical activation guide for vacant residential lots
·· Give new landowners the tools and tips to answer the question, “Now what?”
S H A R I N G D ATA T O TA C K L E A N U R B A N D I L E M M A The Great Recession ravaged the manufacturing-reliant neighborhoods of many Rust Belt cities, Chicago included. The City has been able to lower maintenance costs by selling city-owned lots to homeowners with property nearby for $1/lot, through a simple online portal where participants easily apply for lot ownership.
City of Chicago sells vacant lots (in green) to existing community residents for $1 each through LargeLots.org.
Successful Large Lots applicants begin to clean up their newly owned lots, but may be unsure of whatâ€™s next.
C O L L A B O R AT I N G T O B O O S T A C I V I C P R O G R A M â€™ S P O T E N T I A L Though the program has been very popular, many participants voiced concerns about a lack of clarity as to their options after they acquired their land titles. A large nonprofit, Local Initiatives Support Coalition, hired Latent Design to provide supportive resources and education to new lot owners to help them realize their various plans.
New lot owners attend Latent Design workshops to get professional guidance on realizing their visions.
Toolkit cards (also adapted for LargeLots.org) clearly explain next steps for a wide variety of potential uses.
P I L O T P R O G R A M R A I S E S VA L U E + A G E N CY Large Lots, an experimental land use program started in 2014, has been adopted by the City of Chicago as a chief component of its 20-year strategy to address its 13,500 vacant city-owned lots.
“Lots that once sat unused have been transformed into decorative green spaces for tenants or reborn as community gardens, and although some changes were more dramatic than others, almost all the lots feel like someone owns them.” -South Side Weekly, “Lots to Love: Checking in with the Large Lots pilot
Lots begin their transformation. Some lots, purchased by local non-profits, become new public spaces.
projects” by Andrew Koski, 11.17.2015
Residential garden + greenhouse on a Large Lots site
Tend Cycle System is a network of amenities for bike commuters. Affixing repair stands to bike share docks is the smallest + most disperse intervention scale.
TEND CYCLE SYSTEM challenge
·· Chicagoans pollute much more carbon per capita than comparable major city-dwellers ·· The City’s existing bike plan neglects arrival needs of riders and bike ownership support ·· How can democratic design dovetail with active public policy for improved resilience?
·· Adaptable set of amenities for bike commuters in the downtown Loop ·· Implement new typologies of sustainable transit infrastructure
·· TEND [verb]: (1) to apply oneself to the care of (2) to move or develop one’s course in a particular direction
Divvy Bike share
Tend Cycle System
c h i c a g o’ s c a r b o n p r o b l e m
why FOCUS ON the loop?
POPULATION (MILLIONS) CO2 EMISSIONS PER CAPITA (TONS)
A single day of rides in the Divvy Bike Share network
10 8 6 4 2 NEW YORK
CHICAGO Locations of bike shops with amenities in central Chicago
C O M M U T I N G H A B I T S V S . CYC L I N G C O M F O R T
How Chicagoans Commute Drive alone: 54%
Cycling Comfort Levels in Chicago No way: 33%
Strong & fearless biker: 1%
Enthused & confident biker: 6%
Bike: 2% Other: 2%
? Public transit: 26% Telecommute: 4% Note: Includes City of Chicago only. â€œDrive aloneâ€? increases to 88% when Chicagoland metro area is included.
Interested but Concerned: 60%
w h at w o u l d g e t m o r e p e o p l e b i k i n g ? This system of amenities was informed by interviews with a wide array of cyclists and non-cyclists, discussing what prevents them from bike commuting more often.
What’s the city doing?
Tend Cycle System: 3 scales of amenities
city’s 2020 plan
BIKES ON BUS
MOBILE FIX BIKE INFO
BIKE COMMUNITY BIKE NETWORK
i n t e g r at i n g s y s t e m s : T H E L O O P BY 2 0 2 0 A map of the Loop with the City’s bike infrastructure in blue and Tend Cycle System in orange
NORTH El station River Park
CHICAGO’S 2020 BIKE PLAN PROPOSED TEND CYCLE SYSTEM Divvy Bikeshare Station DIY service stand + helmet hub Barriered bike lane (most popular) Gateway to Loop pop ups Non-barriered bike path Primary route of mobile services PUBLIC CYCLERY
Public cyclery, repair, + bike parking
A D A P T I V E R E U S E F O R S U S TA I N A B L E I N F R A S T R U C T U R E Tend Public Cyclery repurposes Block 37, an infamously disastrous mall and train station development. It is across the street from the Mayor’s office at Daley Plaza, at the intersection of downtown’s best-used bike routes.
At street level, Block 37 consists of vacant storefronts.
BO AR DE
EY DAL A Z PLA
The Mayor’s office is at Daley Plaza, at the intersection of Randolph and Dearborn, downtown’s two primary bike axes already complete with very safe, barriered bike lanes + Dutch style bike-specific stop lights.
Below grade, a massive unbuilt train station connects to two subway lines and an underground pedway.
A P U B L I C CYC L E R Y F O R T H E L O O P Exploded axonemetric of the ground + basement levels
COMMUTER CAFE BICYCLE WORKSHOP + REPAIRS BICYCLE INFO DESK
BICYCLE PARKING + LOCKERS
BIKE DISMOUNT ZONE
RESTROOMS, SHOWERS, + CHANGING AREAS
EX MP RA G LE DIN C HI OA K VE O L OC T D MP
BICYCLE RAMP FOR STREET TO LOWER LEVEL BIKE CIRCULATION N
MOBILE + SEASONAL SYSTEMS FOR BIKE COMMUTERS
Tend bike repair trucks circulate at busy locations, assuaging breakdown anxieties
E N C O U R A G I N G B I K E C O M M U T I N G BY P R O V I D I N G N E W A M E N I T I E S
The existing failed below-grade train station could be adapted into indoor secured bike parking with lockers that connects to two existing subway stations. These pedway tunnels below the Loop already have security staff + utilities.
Morningat atTend TendPublic PublicCyclery Cyclery Morning
other contributions TO THE DISCOURSE
TEACHING I have developed + taught educational programs + courses in architecture, writing, economics, philosophy + art history.
U N I V E R S I T Y O F C H I C A G O A R T S I N C U B AT O R 2015 | At Theaster Gatesâ€™ University of Chicago Arts Incubator, I developed coursework and independently taught an introductory course in urban design and architecture for artistic high schoolers considering the field.
SCHOOL OF THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO 2014 | Graduate Teaching Assistant for a core Introduction to Architecture class for underclassmen committed to majoring in architecture.
B AT E S C O L L E G E W R I T I N G C E N T E R 2007 - 2010 | Helped launch pilot initiative for peer writing coaches, now an established program for all undergraduates from ESL learners to thesis writers
B AT E S C O L L E G E D E P T. o f E C O N O M I C S 2008 - 2010 | Teaching Assistant + Tutor for Macroeconomics coursework
B AT E S C O L L E G E D E P T. o f P H I L O S O P H Y 2009 - 2010 | Teaching Assistant + Tutor for Philosophy of Art coursework
B AT E S C O L L E G E D E P T. o f A R T H I S T O R Y 2008-2009 | Teaching Assistant + Tutor for Art and Race coursework
My students during an urban design and architecture workshop at the University of Chicago Arts Incubator
SPEAKING + EXHIBITS Through public speaking events and exhibitions, I have enjoyed sharing my work with broad audiences.
Standing room only at the AIA National Convention 2014 during presentations
In addition to public speaking as a part of workshops or community engagement projects, I have had the opportunity to present particular elements of my design work at an AIA National Convention 2014 event and a 2015 SoHo House Chicago PechaKucha event, a series similar to TED but constrains presenters to 20 slides for 20 seconds each.
Design projects I contributed to were exhibited during the Chicago Architecture Biennial in Fall 2015. In 2014, my work was featured four times in the Louis Sullivan Galleries, an Art Institute of Chicago affiliate: twice in “Attachments,” (as an individual artist and separately as a part of a collective), as well as in two installations for different collectives in “News from Nowhere,” a show featuring designs for a post-apocalyptic world, including a commission by Toyo Ito.
A local bike mechanic answers visitors’ questions during the installation of Tend Cycle System at the Art Institute of Chicago Louis Sullivan Galleries.
Additional PROJECT MANAGEMENT Chicago Architecture Biennial
Typologies: Urban Design, Exhibition, Micro-architecture Year: 2015 Location: Throughout Chicago My role: Project Manager for Chicago Park District End users: Residents + visitors of Chicago Partners: IIT, UIC, + SAIC’s Architecture Departments Web: chicagoarchitecturebiennial.org Status: Biennial complete; Kiosks to enter retail use Spring 2016
“These little buildings, which the biennial erected in concert with the Chicago Park District, are cause for celebration... They serve up delicious eye candy, explore new uses of materials, create a showcase for up-and-coming architects and promise to create a family of architecturally significant structures that will replace the lakefront’s modest food-and-drink shacks. They remind us of the value of architectural experimentation, a key biennial theme. And they raise fascinating issues about small park structures.” - Blair Kamen, Chicago Tribune’s Architecture Critic
E V E N T P L A N N I N G + C U R AT I N G AIA Chicago Student Directorship Typology: Community Engagement Year: 2013 Location: Throughout Chicago My role: Student Director of the Board End users: Design students + alumni Partners: IIT, UIC, + SAIC’s AIAS groups Web: aiachicago.org
“Kris Moreau’s service and leadership set a new benchmark and expectation in this position... Kris has a thorough understanding of community organizing and public practice principles.” - Peter Exley, FAIA, Past President of AIA Chicago
Smithsonian Institute Hirshhorn Museum Typology: Curatorial Year: 2009 Location: Washington, DC My role: Curatorial assistance End users: Museum-goers, Tourists Web: hirshhorn.si.edu
Projects included investigative research on minimalist sculptor Fred Sandback, drafting acquisitions proposals and exhibition text, and managing the requirements of the visiting artist, L.A.-based abstract photographer Walead Beshty, during the installation of his first solo show at the museum.
sKILL SAMPLES: DIAGRAMS + DRAFTING Shoreline Evolution in Red Hook
Created using Adobe Illustrator for climate-focused design competition
1609 Dutch settlers arrive
1766 British military control
2013 Industrial development
2063 Climate responsive
Elevation of Proposed Library + View from Adjacent Train Platform
Created using Revit for architecture graduate course in partnership with SOMâ€™s library design studio
Solarium 31' - 0"
Roo 23' - 0"
Level 2 15' - 0"
Level 1 0' - 0
S K I L L S A M P L E S : p H Y S I C A L + D I G I TA L S T O R Y T E L L I N G Exercise + Neighborhood Identity through Emerging Sport An athletics facility for the offbeat yet beloved Windy City Roller Derby
Concept Drawing: Armour + Muscle
Created with 3D Printing
Rendered with Rhino, Maxwell, Adobe Photoshop + Freehand Drawing
s e l e c t e d p u b l i c at i o n s I am a journalist and critic for the arts, architecture, and design. As an academic, I research cities and socially engaged practice.
Landscaped Entryways Review Outdoor Home Magazine 09.2015
Iker Gil Interview Architect’s Newspaper 07.2015
Design Chatter Exhibit Review Architect’s Newspaper 05.2015
Lawrence Halprin Exhibit Review Architect’s Newspaper 12.2014
Chicago Ideas Week Report Architect’s Newspaper 11.2014
Stanley Tigerman Exhibit Review Architect’s Newspaper 08.2014
“Free Sample Architecture” Art Institute of Chicago 05.2014
John Ronan Exhibit Review Architect’s Newspaper 03.2014
“Gender and the Chicago Spire” Schiff Competition Finalist 09.2013
Art Shop Mar del Plata Interview Juanele Art News 04.2011
Female Argentine Painters Review Juanele Art News 03.2011
Metro Design Center Review Juanele Art News 01.2011
R E C E N T LY Shortly after leaving Chicago, I bicycled 2,376 miles from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico, following the Mississippi River as closely as possible. Motivated by bike advocacy and the prospect of experiencing the river and its national impact at 9 mph, my partner and I also surpassed our fundraising goal of $1/mi by double for the West Town Girls Bike Club, an afterschool cycling program for teen girls.
I am an urbanist, architectural designer + writer. I collaborate on resilient + inclusive civic systems.
Published on Apr 18, 2016
I am an urbanist, architectural designer + writer. I collaborate on resilient + inclusive civic systems.