The Old Town historic district in Chicago, Illinois is home to 37,000 people. The population is made up of mostly young white individuals in their mid-thirties. This neighborhood is up and coming and growing every year. However, Old Town had no centralized community center or park. I saw this as an opportunity to create one. My project was concentrated on the lines created by the neighborhood’s boundaries. From these boundaries, two angular masses were created. One mass designated for the community, while the second mass was designated for private residences. The mass aimed for the community includes retail, food, and a new stop for the recently redesigned “L” train. The stop was moved to the building, seeing that our site is centered in the neighborhood. The residential mass includes 135 units ranging from 400 sq ft to 2000 sq ft. This allowed for a wide range of units for the growing population of the neighborhood. Surrounding the urban center is a community park. The park includes an amphitheater, walkways, playgrounds, a dog park, and many spaces for local events to happen. Through this building, the idea was to create an urban center that connects this small neighborhood, while also strengthening it as it expands.
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