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Reclaiming Public 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 of Chicago’s 50 Wards. The resulting proposals became part of an exhibition at CAF called 50/50/50. “Reclaiming Public Space” is the second adventure 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.

    Transforming Invisible Joints

    Transforming Invisible Joints

    On Chicago's near south side, an urbanist's dream and vision plan for Pilsen.

  • 2.

    Intro to Reclaiming Public Space

    Intro to Reclaiming Public Space

    These designers offer visionary solutions to activate unused public space.

  • 3.

    BirdFront

    BirdFront

    Can we design high-rise facades that improve livability for humans and protect birds and migratory wildlife?

  • 4.

    The Endless Ward

    The Endless Ward

    What if Chicago's 50th Ward could grow or shrink, as necessary? Would our whole region be better off?

  • 5.

    Monument to Missed Opportunities

    Monument to Missed Opportunities

    Architectural ghosts from Chicago's past ward the city from the status quo.

  • 6.

    The Last Four Miles

    The Last Four Miles

    It's time for Chicago to complete its public lakefront park system.

  • 7.

    New Broadway

    New Broadway

    There are many inviting, pedestrian-friendly areas along North Broadway. Why not in Uptown?

  • 8.

    Smooth Growth

    Smooth Growth

    Can we plan urban centers in a way that accepts fluctuations in population?

  • 9.

    Ass(et) Creek

    Ass(et) Creek

    Coming to 31st Street, the unimaginable: a swimming hole on the Chicago River.

  • 10.

    Displaced Thresholds

    Displaced Thresholds

    Can public art actually make flying at an urban airport safer?

  • 11.

    Wasteland

    Wasteland

    Does Chicago's ward system still make sense as a civic organizing device?

  • 12.

    Food Infrastructure

    Food Infrastructure

    How can we use our food waste to generate energy and drive healthy communities?

  • 13.

    Chicago River Kayak Park

    Chicago River Kayak Park

    In getting us all closer to the water, this demonstration kayak park holds an important key for realizing a healthier Chicago River.

  • 14.

    Block Party

    Block Party

    Large, municipal water treatment plants aren't the only way to deliver clean drinking water to Chicagoans.

  • 15.

    Adventure Playground: Dirt Hill

    Adventure Playground: Dirt Hill

    The average American child spends as few as 30 minutes in unstructured outdoor play each day. Adventure Playground can help.

  • 16.

    Water as Our Past and Future

    Water as Our Past and Future

    What will it take to repair past abuses and nurse our urban waterways back to health?

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