CAC is excited to celebrate 40 years of showcasing the talents of Chicagoland high school students solving real-world architecture, design and engineering problems.
Every child has the right to grow up in an environment where they feel safe and secure, have access to basic services and clean air and water, can play, learn and grow and where their voice is heard and matters. — UNICEF Child Friendly Cities Initiative
In a youth-friendly Chicago, children from birth to 18 years of age are respected, safe, healthy and given the best possible chance of tackling the challenges of tomorrow. This goal stretches beyond only young people to add value to all citizens’ lives. The economic value and long-term livability of an urban environment are bolstered by youths’ access to a host of opportunities. These include, but are not limited to: time spent outdoors building connections to nature, the ability to get around independently, opportunities to build community connections and access to healthy food and exercise.
This year’s Newhouse Architecture + Design Competition centers teens’ efforts on projects to create a more youth-friendly Chicago, with a special focus on the ten communities identified in Mayor Lori Lightfoot's INVEST South/West Initiative.
The Competition calls for projects that respond to the needs of hypothetical clients, based on prompts submitted by Chicago architecture firms. Submissions for this year’s Competition must address six elements of youth-friendly cities*:
Multifunctional Green Spaces
Green spaces can promote healthy living and community connections. This can look like a community garden, outdoor gathering space, exercise opportunities and more.
Children, the elderly and everyone in between can not only support, but learn from one another.
Safe Play Spaces
Places for children to play, free from feat and trauma, are essential to promoting healthy children, not to mention adults.
Accessible Play Spaces
Four-point-three-percent of the population ages 0-17 have a disability. By adulthood, the rate jumps to one in four. Recreational and play spaces that support people with disabilities are essential.
Kids know what's up! A youth-friendly city is one that recognizes that talking to children can provide deeper insights into an area's issues and opportunities.
Cultural Heritage Spaces
Seeing oneself reflected in cultural and heritage spaces matters and is essential for an inclusive urban life.
A robust network of professional architects, designers and engineers serve as jurors for Newhouse entries. Jurors review and evaluate student work for evidence of the design process, critical thinking and creativity, craftsmanship and professional presentation.
May 21, 2022: Awards ceremony and Exhibition Opens