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MUDD 21 - City Visions II

Obama Presidential Center, Chicago Analysis and Initial Designs

A detailed analysis was undertaken to understand the built form and social conditions that have given the South Side its distinctive character, considered historically as a dynamic community before World War II, and critically since the 1950s as an economically-disadvantaged, segregated and deeply troubled community surviving within an expanse of semi-vacant streets and blocks. The analysis investigated the following factors in the study area: the amount of vacant land; land ownership; historic and current land uses; location and mode of public transport; amount and quality of open space; community commitment to fostering uplift and pride in a passionate way. We found that key characteristics of the South Side today include:

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large amounts of vacant land, mainly city owned; many vacant and abandoned buildings; well serviced by public transport, in particular rail transit, but with some areas more than a 10-minute walk from transit stops;

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important retail centers but poorly distributed with a poor range of outlets; extensive amounts of public open space but not well distributed within the communities; strong community garden movement; many churches of great value to the community; some excellent schools but many poor schools, with a number of valued public schools either closed or under threat of closure; high levels of violence and crime; poor health facilities, notably lack of a major trauma center; innovative experiments with arts incubators and creative hubs; strong community voice on many issues by committed residents.

Initial urban design frameworks for the six alternative sites centered on the OPC were prepared in Sydney prior to going to Chicago on the basis of the above analyses.

Land use

Land ownership

Land use

Land use

Open space

Land ownership

Vacant land

Vacant land

Vacant land

Bus network

Bus network

Bus network

Railway line

Railway line

Ped shed

OPC official site

Ped shed

OPC official site

Selected sites

Selected sites

Selected sites

Railway line

Ped shed

Washington Park sites Design analysis process

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Open space

Woodlawn sites

Jackson Park sites

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