Next Stoppage 63rd Street II Reenvisioning West Woodlawn

Landscape Architecture & Community Planning - Planning & Analysis Projects

Project Narrative

“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, Only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.”- Jane Jacobs.

Woodlawn, on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois, is one of Chicago’s 77 community areas. It is bounded by Lake Michigan to the east, 60th Street to the north, Martin Luther King Drive to the west, and 67th Street to the south. Both Hyde Park Career Academy and the all-boys Catholic Mount Carmel High School are in this neighborhood; much of its eastern portion is occupied by Jackson Park. The Woodlawn section of the park includes the site of the planned Obama Presidential Center, an estimated $500 million investment. The northern edge of Woodlawn contains a portion of the campus of the University of Chicago.

Design Consideration:
“This is something everyone knows: A well-used city street is apt to be a safe street. A deserted city street is apt to be unsafe”- Jane Jacobs This site features an elevated Metra CTA line required to consider public transportation access as part of the design approach. The site has access via a primary parkway (s. Cottage grove) and an alley that serves residential community members. Hence, multiple site access options are available for pedestrian and vehicle access. My first concern is to provide a neighborhood-friendly environment that can rejuvenate the whole community in the design solution. Keeping the Washington Bank's historic wall and redesigning it like a shopping mall will attract the passengers to engage with the Woodlawn community. Also, it creates room for generating their local businesses. The existing public library is redesigned as Midrise Mixed-use Apartment, catering to future visitors. Other amenities like a nursery school, basketball ground, gym, clubhouse, etc., can strengthen a healthy neighborhood before.

               

Project Details

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Landscape Architecture & Community Planning - Planning & Analysis Projects

Date of Completion

January, 2021

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