The Awkward Urban Patch | Amelia Linde, Yu-Cheng Lin

The project is located on the Goose Island West Riverfront area aiming to connect the island and community as well as the two proposed projects - Lincoln Yard and River North. In response to the first projects, studying the leftover spaces of the grid, we learn that the awkward spaces enhance the meaning of the grid and can improve the positive, productive attributes that occur from the grid. By utilizing the leftover spaces in the area between developments and heavy industrial and infrastructure elements, the project strengthens the area while criticizing the developments. There are three different ways of intervening that the project actively does. They are gateways, integration, and outposts. Each engaging the local population in some way and creating a visible network among the area. In between each intervention is a series of network methodologies applied in engaging, colorful ways for the community to access the sites and to feel safer in their commutes across and around Goose Island.

To be anti-gentrification requires thoughtful action. In the in-between spaces, weird, awkward parcels of land occupying between industrial and infrastructural zones are formed. Reclaiming for community-driven design becomes the glue of the neighborhoods. All the pieces are stitched together through a pathway and form a system to support the neighborhood systems all while critiquing the nearby developments.

Throughout the project, an intense study of various typologies in Chicago and in other cities were performed. These mainly looked at the details that make a place their own, in addition to how each project is a result of the infrastructure around it, as well how it affects its context. Each scale and location have a specific set of techniques that we applied to the project on the
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