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In 2011, Chicago shut down half of its mental health clinics leaving over 10,000 residents without care. In addition to closures, major budget cuts of $187 million between 2009 and 2013 have made access to mental health care and quality living spaces more difficult. Court/Yard is a proposal for a Community Integrated Living Arrangement (CILA) sited on the foundation of a former Chicago-Read Mental Health Center building near Harlem and Irving Park avenues.
The CILA would treat and temporarily house patients transitioning out of Chicago-Read and borrow architectural ideas from one of Chicago’s most common and popular housing types.
The U-shaped courtyard building, first found in Chicago in the 1920s, included multiple entrances and a deep central space providing green space and ample light. This project pairs the concept of a Chicago courtyard building with color therapy, proven beneficial to the well-being of mental health patients.