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Designs for a Future Chicago

  Hi-Rise, Lo-Carb




Hi-Rise, Lo-Carb: High-Rise Design
within the Chicago DeCarbonization Plan

In Hi-Rise, Lo-Carb, Illinois Institute of Technology architecture students reimagine what a skyscraper can be. Their six proposals address central issues for the construction of a more livable Chicago.

Student designers developed these visionary proposals in a studio led by Chicago-based institutions, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat and Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture. The Chicago DeCarbonization Plan, developed by Smith + Gill to dramatically lower Chicago’s carbon emissions by 2030, guided the Hi-Rise, Lo-Carb solutions.


  Garfield Boulevard: Completely Stripped Naked, Dirty, and Wet




Garfield Boulevard: Stripped Completely Naked, Dirty and Wet

Garfield Boulevard: Stripped Completely Naked, Dirty and Wet returns Garfield Boulevard—a historic landscape in Chicago’s Washington Park neighborhood—to its original role as a civic space.

Garfield Boulevard has fallen into disrepair despite its rich history and high volume of traffic. As a response, professor Marshall Brown and ten graduate students at the Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture developed Garfield Boulevard: Stripped Completely Naked, Dirty and Wet.

Three teams reconfigured the street by applying the following design strategies: commercial strips (Stripped), accessible streets (Completely), pedestrian-friendly streets (Naked), and green infrastructure (Dirty and Wet). Together, these concepts create opportunities for new and vibrant social spaces in Washington Park. 



  Envision Cermak




Envision Cermak

Can an isolated manufacturing corridor become a creative industries incubator?

Postgraduate design school Archeworks is partnering with the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events to explore the potential for transforming an underutilized historic industrial area on Chicago’s near Southwest side.

Through small-scale physical and digital interventions, EnVision Cermak aims to ease barriers to entry and increase connectivity within the district while helping the City of Chicago nurture a hub for creative industries. Ultimately, the Cermak Creative Industries District (CCID) will provide a mix of work spaces, shops, public spaces, and collaborative opportunities for Chicago’s expanding creative industries sector.


  Visionary Chicago


Visionary Chicago: A Guide to Urban and Architectural Dreams

The seven unbuilt projects in the Visionary Chicago section embody architectural and urban dreams. They are designs for a future metropolis that will never be—a phantom city constructed through twentieth-century imaginings of what Chicago might have become.

Chicagoans—committed to the future, dedicated to technology, willing to experiment—built the prototypical American city. As such, Chicago became a source of inspiration for architects and urbanists in the U.S. and abroad. Chicago’s unbuilt projects are as important to architectural thinking as its built ones. Professor Alexander Eisenschmidt, along with students at the University of Illinois at Chicago, developed the Visionary Chicago project.





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