Urban Strategy: Re-link lost green loop

Daniel Burnham designed Chicago Loop system; he proposed green loop around downtown. However, as industrialization had processed, green loop had disappeared. I proposed to reconstruct Burnham’s original plan which is green loop. To recover green linkage, site between Pilsen and Bridgeport is very important because it is key area to disconnect green link. I designed green link having active program such as farm, forest, plaza, and jogging track in order to rehabilitate green zone in Chicago. Also, the site is isolated from city context; I expect recovering the Pilsen and Bridgeport area will the beginning of completing green loop in Chicago.

Green Infrastructure

The new urban swath is designed to be 50% green and absorptive - it shows the example of how future sites can reduce pressure on existing water treatment systems, and expand recreational territories. On the first phase, I suggest to construct water barrier to prevent river crisis along the Chicago Sanitary canal. And, second phase focuses on constructing limnology center. On third phase, it will construct wetland having purifying machine for water treatment and locate programmed landscape; it will connect Daniel Burnham’s green linkage and connect between the Pilsen and Bridgeport.

Limnology Center: Building Concept

A building devoted to freshwater research contains a public loop inside that helps visitors learn about the ongoing changes occurring in the great lakes. Its location on the edge of the new land creates physical connections with the water. Insightful in its urban proposition, the project offers a way to achieve both a hydrological separation and green, connective urban density.  A building divide two parts which is public band [for visitors] and research core box [for researcher]. Visitors are able to observe research lab along public loop. And, it connects between context and architecture through concaved band.