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Activating Neglected Space

As part of its 50th Anniversary, the Chicago Architecture Foundation invited 50 Chicago-based architects, artists and activists to develop inspirational projects for each ofChicago’s 50 Wards. The resulting proposals ranged from small to large, near-term to distant future and are part of an exhibition at CAF called 50/50/50. “Activating Neglected Space” is the final installment of a four-part series on Vamonde that describes these visionary projects. The adventures explore social, economic and community development, celebrating unique traits of each Ward while imagining solutions to today’s problems and creating a vision of the future.

  • 1.

    Jefferson Park Exchange

    Jefferson Park Exchange

    A neighborhood transformation spurred by the arts and public space.

  • 2.

    HUB

    HUB

    A neighborhood arts venue with social engagement at its core.

  • 3.

    Regenerative Placemaking

    Regenerative Placemaking

    Can aquaponics set in motion a comprehensive movement for community revitalization?

  • 4.

    606+

    606+

    Back to the future: an industrial freight line reconnects with its old neighbors.

  • 5.

    Quite Village

    Quite Village

    Where do you build much-needed public space when there's no available land?

  • 6.

    Making Architecture That Heals

    Making Architecture That Heals

    Putting the power of an entire local business district under one roof.

  • 7.

    Creative Grounds

    Creative Grounds

    Reimagine a new day for our city's shuttered public schools.

  • 8.

    Forum Pavilion

    Forum Pavilion

    A flexible indoor/outdoor gathering space to accommodate almost any community meeting.

  • 9.

    ReTerminal

    ReTerminal

    Highest and best use: an idea for breathing new vitality into our city's aging transit system.

  • 10.

    ‘L’eftspace

    ‘L’eftspace

    A radical proposal to bring new value to one of Chicago's busy elevated train lines.

  • 11.

    Pyramid of Burnside

    Pyramid of Burnside

    A new monument made of familiar materials makes its debut in Burnside.

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