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Many of Chicago’s aging thoroughfares do little to entice us to stop and explore. If it’s not the visual monotony of the ubiquitous sandwich shops and cell phone dealers along corridors like Central Avenue, then it’s the occasional spate of vacant lots or strip malls with too few businesses that encourage us to speed on to our final destination.
Forum Pavilion proposes a public gathering space to put vacant lots back to use and signal to all that diverse communities reside within earshot of these busy arterial streets. The pavilion functions as a space somewhere between a living room and a public plaza, or between a backyard and a park, providing residents with flexible indoor and outdoor spaces to support both spontaneous and programmed community events: block parties, hobby clubs, neighborhood association meetings, markets and yard sales.
The form of this iconic structure resembles the gable roofs of nearby homes, while the large-scale signs atop signal activities of importance, leisure and gathering in a manner that mirrors the signage from car dealership lots found in the area.