Page 80

MUDD 21 - City Visions II

Obama Presidential Center, Chicago Urban Catalyst - Critique of Official Sites The Obama Foundation expects that the Obama Presidential Center will be a catalyst for regeneration of the South Side of Chicago. The MUDD21 Studio adopted the following definition of an urban catalyst: “A catalyst is an urban element that is shaped by the city and then, in turn, shapes its context. Its purpose is the incremental, continuous regeneration of the urban fabric… [it] is not a single end product but an element that impels and guides subsequent development.” Attoe, W. & Logan, D. 1989, American Urban Architecture: catalysts in the design of cities, University of California Press, Berkeley, p.45.

76

The Obama Foundation has announced that the OPC proposed in the winning Chicago bid presented by the University of Chicago, the City of Chicago and South Side communities will generate: • • • • •

Construction to cost about $380 million 3,280 construction jobs 100 new OPC jobs with an annual payroll of $4.2 million Receive approximately 800,000 visitors per year A continuing economic benefit to the community of $220 million per year with 1,900 permanent jobs

To function as a catalyst, however, the physical relationship of the OPC to its urban setting will be vital. The MUDD21 Studio took the view that the official sites in Jackson Park and Washington Park accepted by the Obama Foundation would not have an effective physical relationship with their respective urban settings to generate development in the adjoining communities.

Washington Park existing conditions

Washington Park existing conditions

Woodlawn existing conditions

Woodlawn existing conditions

Jackson Park existing conditions

Jackson Park existing conditions

Mudd folio final 02 mar 2016  
Mudd folio final 02 mar 2016  

City Visions: Method & Design Chicago | Berlin | Sydney International Studio workshops from the Masters of Urban Development & Design degree...