Last week, our Chicago Studio students had their midterm pinup, presenting work from their semester long projects. This semester, the students have been challenged to develop a 164 unit affordable housing complex and cultural venue in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago. The project site is located along the future “Milwaukee Cultural Corridor” settled in between the Concord Music Hall and the historic Congress Theater. A large parking lot and empty retail building currently occupies the site and will be demolished to provide affordable housing for the diverse community of the surrounding neighborhoods.

The Chicago Studio is partnering with The City of Chicago Planning Department to develop this mixed-use project in conjunction with the “Milwaukee Cultural Corridor” currently under development by the city. The projects designed will include retail, cafe/restaurant space and a music school to support musical activity at the adjacent Concord & Congress Theaters.

In conjunction with their hard work, the studio has also taken a trip to IIT’s Crown Hall designed by Mies Van der Rohe. There, the students attended a lecture by Kazuyo Sejima of SANAA.