This project used the concept of time, specifically five minutes, to establish form generators for structures that would contain the full spectrum of human activity, leaving much of the city to return to a green, natural state.
A collaboration with Mike McIntyre
This project attempts to address the state of affordable housing in Chicago. Located on the former site of Henry Horner Homes on the near west side, the site strategy is generated from a analysis of the full range of potential residents' lifestyles and daily use patterns. Interaction across economic and cultural lines is encouraged through the adjacencies of public plazas and common entrances to residences. These adjacencies are indicated by cast-in-place concrete thresholds, which occur at all scales throughout the project. Further interactivity and vibrancy is achieved by the inclusion of live/ work units along Lake Street, day care and job training facilities, retail space and indoor/ outdoor market areas.
A Collaboration with Shawna Pedersen and Nick Peterson
This project reinterprets the concept of library as a warehouse of information. The building itself is a literal warehouse, designed to store mobile library PODs. These PODs can be placed throughout the neighborhood, as well as expanded across the city, the country and the globe, resulting in a flexible network of information exchange. The PODs can also be opened and displayed within the building, creating unlimited variations and possibilities. The PODs and the building share an aesthetic, which establishes a hub of activity for the neighborhood.
Between Airport and City
The global world is a complex system of dependencies. For any one business traveller to travel from a house in Chicago to a hotel in Beijing, hundreds of people all over the globe are mobilized, and thousands are affected, directly and indirectly. This project envisions a new headquarters for Southwest Airlines at Midway Airport, which exhibits these dependencies as a series of interrelated zones. The multifaceted relationships between workers, travelers, neighborhood residents, and children are put on display in the interstitial spaces between their respective zones. The second level spaces is conceptualized as an amphitheater, in which the support structures of all the constituents are constantly in motion, equally visible. The site would be owned by Southwest Airlines, which views itself as a maverick organization. This brand that Southwest has created could be exploited on site to subvert many of the typical qualities of the corporate office park.