MAT style development similar in concept (not form) to Frank Lloyd Wright’s long-lost Midway Gardens that draws the landscape quality of Washington Park into the site, located on the landmark corner of Garfield Boulevard and Martin Luther King Drive integrated with the Garfield ‘L’ station on the Green Line. Garfield Boulevard, Washington Park
An architectonic landscape scheme similar to Millennium Park, Chicago sited predominantly underground in the north-west corner of Washington Park to not destroy the historic arboretum mid-block, associated with urban infill on 51st Street on the pedestrian route from the Green Line transit station. 51st Street, Washington Park
63rd Street, Woodlawn
The scheme is conceived as a street of shop fronts in the Obama Presidential Campaign tradition with the OPC located on a city-owned lot a block from the Cottage Grove terminus of the Green Line. The aim is to revitalize the retail core by remaking the urban fabric along ‘hollowed out’ 63rd Street with infill mixed-use development built to the street edge. The scheme integrates the ‘street of shop fronts’ approach with conservation and adaptive reuse of a surviving 1920s bank building on the corner of Cottage Grove Avenue and 63rd Street. The aim is to restore the urban fabric in this iconic Chicago location under the elevated steel structure of the ‘L’.
Cottage Grove Avenue, Woodlawn
Conceived as a grand civic gesture in the Burnham tradition integrated with the elevated railroad structure at 63rd Street, the scheme combines civic uses with a new retail center in synergy with the current community focus of the Apostolic Church of God complex. 63rd Street, Jackson Park
Again conceived in the Burnham tradition, the design terminates the vista down the Midway Plaisance with a structure built across the elevated railroad tracks to face Jackson Park as a companion to the Museum of Science & Industry, evoking the structures of the 1893 World’s Fair. Midway Plaisance, Jackson Park
The above proposals were presented to SOM as a ‘return brief’ in Chicago. Based on site visits, community consultation and comments received from SOM, the designs were refined and/or further developed in Chicago, and back in Sydney over Summer Term. The final designs are presented on the following pages.
Master of Urban Development
Published on Apr 26, 2016
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