Rebel Garages

2455 W Cullom Ave Chicago

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You won’t find a car behind every garage door. In fact, many Chicagoans don’t use their garages for parking at all. Instead they run businesses, fix bikes, build furniture and organize protests in their garages. This project proposes re-designing the “accessory building” code, letting currently “non-conforming” uses expand to become the norm.

Rebel Garages investigates and celebrates the secret lives of garages. Historically, alleyways were flanked by coach houses for horse and carriages. Now, self-driving electric vehicles and businesses like Uber are projected to reduce the need for parking. What could these alleyways and their architecture look like in 10 years?

Rebel Garages sees the Chicago alley system as a unique city asset that can become a vibrant civic space. Beginning with a provocative rethinking of the city’s codes, through simple but radical changes such as allowing for new plumbing or reducing height limitations, Rebel Garages imagines a new future in everyone’s backyard. See examples at:

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Rebel Garages

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