Regenerative Placemaking

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Activating Neglected Space/Regenerative Placemaking
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Sweet Water Foundation


The Regenerative Placemaking project is anchored in an area between the neighborhoods of Englewood and Washington Park, approximately six miles south of Chicago’s downtown. The primary impact zone covers a 10-square-block campus bounded by the Dan Ryan Expressway (west), Washington Park (east), Garfield Boulevard (north) and 59th Street (south).

The plan, powered by local nonprofit Sweet Water Foundation, imagines a series of spaces devoted to food production and the study of urban agricultural practices that is grounded in the activities of community revitalization and youth education. The Foundation’s state-of-the-art fellowships expose students to an array of STE[A+]M-based subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art-Architecture-Agriculture-Aquaponics and Math) and training in green-collar careers; formal studies are augmented with critical job training and life skills including but not limited to construction, farming/gardening, nutrition and meal preparation.

Technically termed a “Production Distribution Repair” district, this vision plan offers a framework for exploring the connections between inspiration, education, commerce, art, action and health and wellness.

See all 50 visionary projects at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago.

Activating Neglected Space

Regenerative Placemaking

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