We were commissioned to develop a massing and program study for a mixed-income, mixed-use development in Chicago's newly emptied Cabrini-Green neighborhood. The gradual demolition of Chicago's most notorious public high-rises has left a gaping vacancy in the heart of the city, and adjacent to the city's most affluent neighborhood. This project envisions a mixed-income, mixed-use structure that would begin to repair the street wall with active retail and community spaces on the main streets, while providing live-work units towards the more private northwest. A common garden and terrace would occur at the second floor, covering parking and preserving green space. A residential tower would rise above this along Clybourn Avenue, with a nod towards Helmut Jahn's iconic Schiff Residence SRO building immediately to the northwest.
I performed site analyses at multiple scales, and developed an understanding of the prevailing context and constraints. I then worked with my studio and the client to develop an appropriate program and unit mix for the site. I developed a series of vignettes, models, and program plans, which were finalized into a rendering by my colleague Greg Jancarik.