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ChicagoArchitecture
Chicago Architecture Center

Gathering Together

As part of its 50th Anniversary, the Chicago Architecture Foundation invited 50 Chicago-based architects, artists and activists to develop inspirational projects for each of Chicago’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. “Gathering Together” is four-part adventure 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.

    Old Cook County Hospital

    Old Cook County Hospital

    Can a symbol of leadership in urban public health rise again?

  • 2.

    INSIDE OUT

    INSIDE OUT

    Instead of you going to the theater, this theater comes to you!

  • 3.

    FRAME | WORK

    FRAME | WORK

    The "plug and play" solution for activating spaces to sell, play, and unite.

  • 4.

    The Calumet Caravan

    The Calumet Caravan

    Coming to a block near you! This community pop-up shop adds wheels and a regular service route to locals across several neighborhoods.

  • 5.

    Fiction Fort

    Fiction Fort

    A structure that houses a book exchange also stimulates the imagination.

  • 6.

    Boombox Micro Retail

    Boombox Micro Retail

    Mini marketplaces help small businesses get off the ground.

  • 7.

    West Side Corridor

    West Side Corridor

    Putting it all together: how the booming West Loop can really go into overdrive.

  • 8.

    Two in One

    Two in One

    Houses that push out in order to look in.

  • 9.

    D4 All

    D4 All

    A hub for design education and local manufacturing engages recovering communities on multiple levels.

  • 10.

    Color(ed) Theory

    Color(ed) Theory

    What color is racism? What color is segregation? Move beyond black and white.

  • 11.

    Findow Dressing

    Findow Dressing

    The branding of commercial corridors is elevated to an artwork of color and texture.

  • 12.

    Popster

    Popster

    The most successful projects invite meaningful participation from the community from the start.

  • 13.

    Soft Launch

    Soft Launch

    Floating parks unite communities for play, growth and positive change.

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