OlaKusznerko_Opportunity Midterm_Current Synopsis

Midterm Presentation Board:



Current Work_From 10.28:



Current Project Synopsis:



I am proposing a 21st century modulated slow-growth planning method in order to benefit the development of Southside Chicago neighborhoods. By superimposing different city conditions and densities within the same parameter, a new, multi-functional city will take place. Its modular growth will allow it to expand every which way, thus reconnecting the site’s surrounding neighborhoods with Chicago’s most prominent recreational and functional feature: Lake Michigan.

The West to East connection within the neighborhood of the site, the former location of Michael Reese hospital development, is weak. By implementing the new city condition, the community around the site can slowly begin to benefit. This new city will: provide access to and foster a closer relationship with the Lake Michigan; provide job opportunities through tech company startups, existing large companies, training, and commercial stores; connect the neighborhood to the loop directly through a new transportation system; and provide a clean, safe, and self-prospering walkable environment.

The city will have freedom to grow on its own: the site will be modulated into 400’ by 400’ community modules. Each module will be divided into 16 100’ by 100’ pods. Each community module is defined by a set of rules in terms of how it is planned: specifically, through densities.

The current city condition as pertains to densities is this: there is the loop, and then there is everything else.

The new city will consist of a myriad and integration of different types of densities, as opposed to being divided, as it traditionally is. That is, the residential skyscrapers will coexist with vast green space, which will coexist with lower density housing, which will coexist with the tech offices, and so on and so forth. The first set of modules will be incorporated over the two infrastructures that separate the site from the lake: the Metra and Lakeshore Drive. The modules will form a land bridge, providing community members and newcomers with a reason to live and work on the new site: the desirable lakefront connection. The modules are then free to develop, spill out from the site and into the surrounding neighborhoods.

This is the future of Chicago development: a stronger relationship with the recreational status of the lake, and coexisting densities for a livable and diverse community.



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