Transforming Invisible Joints

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Reclaiming Public Space/Transforming Invisible Joints
Chicago Architecture Center
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VISIONARY IDEA / WARD 25 

How’d you like to walk to work downtown, but live in a real neighborhood? Want to pick up your kids from their top performing high school, or feel confident just letting them walk home? Want authentic Mexican food for dinner? Museums and a thriving creative district just minutes away? Welcome to Pilsen.

Yes, Pilsen. This master plan envisions the district as a safe, vibrant place to live, work and play, by linking its various features through a series of innovative JOINTS, or intersections. Think of neighborhoods like living organisms: they function with tissues and joints that link, bind and strengthen their parts. 

So, in Pilsen, college students and families are linked in LIVING JOINTS. Abandoned warehouses, revitalized textile manufacturing and shopping share FASHION JOINTS. CULTURE JOINTS, such as museums, tie current Latino and Mexican residents with the rich history of their 19th century European predecessors. Finally, OUTDOOR JOINTS tie former railroads and canals into a network of parks and walkways. All of this in near-in Pilsen. 

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Reclaiming Public Space

Transforming Invisible Joints

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