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MUDD 21 - City Visions II

Obama Presidential Center, Chicago Cottage Grove Avenue, Woodlawn

Charles Boumoussa + Cui Weitong + Samuel Osakwe + Yalin Sun The vision of the project is to conserve and adaptively reuse the significant surviving building of central Woodlawn, the Washington Park Bank Building on the corner of 63rd Street and Cottage Grove Avenue. The 1920s building, brought back from its semi-derelict state, will be the signature element of the Obama Presidential Center in this landmark location. A new medium-scale development, mirroring the historic bank building, will be constructed to the south. An atrium with interior landscape elements linking the two buildings will provide a clear and visible entry point off Cottage Grove Avenue. A public plaza to the west of the OPC, activated by school bus and coach tour drop off, will be lined by shops with through-site links, generating pedestrian movement within and around the block. The OPC will extend south on Cottage Grove

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Avenue with its outreach components located in active shop fronts. Mixed-use development will be encouraged along 63rd Street as well as Cottage Grove Avenue to re-create the iconic Chicago street space under the steel structure of the ‘L’ as a lively retail strip. New arcade and street connections from the Cottage Grove ‘L’ Station will revitalize the once thriving retail core of Woodlawn. The overall development will include infill housing within the grid structure of adjoining urban blocks. Initial design studies for the Cottage Grove Avenue site – and the 63rd Street site – were undertaken in association with MUDD22 student Kim Hyojung from Korea.

Mudd folio final 02 mar 2016  

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

Mudd folio final 02 mar 2016  

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