South works : a new vision for South Chicago

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dc.contributor.advisor Marlow, Christopher M. Krzywicki, Dan J. en_US 2011-06-03T20:08:21Z 2011-06-03T20:08:21Z 2007 en_US 2007
dc.identifier COMPUTER DISK C1982 en_US
dc.description.abstract The masterplan for South Works integrates multiple forms of transit converging to create a southern anchor for the city of Chicago. The extension of the greenline light rail, the establishment of a ferry system, and the integration of pedestrian connections reduces vehicular dependency, and creates a commercial hub for the city. The transit hub links several forms of transportation in one structure and connects South Works to the city of Chicago. Commercial uses and open space are integrated with the transit hub promoting activity and use. The program for South Works embraces the mariner as it calls for the creation of a large marina with the possibility of year round mooring. Docks along the canal for easy access to retail and transit, and the establishment of a ferry dock for commuters and tourists ensure lakeside activity. All four existing concrete ore wall remain on the site for a historical link to the site’s past. The smaller pair of walls near the canal slip are built upon with retail and office uses, creating a unique market experience along the canal side. The larger pair of walls are preserved as the main historical element to the site. Within these walls is a long pedestrian corridor and parking for almost 200 cars. A small garage with a turf green roof disguises the parking to look like a park. On the west side of these larger ore walls is a museum commemorating the steel industry and the rise of labor unions in Chicago. The museum directly relates to these walls and uses them as a historical and educational element. One large iron ore laker will be permanently docked in the canal slip to compliment the museum and further educate visitors on the steel manufacturing process that took place here for over 100 years. At the terminus of the canal is a large civic space that acts as the gateway into the new neighborhood. Within this civic space is a large monument that rises above all surrounding buildings. This monument is a symbol of the steel industry and relates to the museum and ore laker. Around the monument base are small vendors and retail kiosks to promote activity in this space. To the north of the canal slip is a long linear park that connects the civic space and transit hub to the lakefront park system. Just to the north of this park is a mixed use district that transitions into medium density housing. The north side of the canal, near the mouth, is built up as a large mixed use complex that integrates housing, retail, and parking. Just east of this is the beginning of the breaker wall walkway; a mile long walk that integrates wind and solar power to light the walkway and the lakefront park. The redevelopment of this site creates density, jobs, and revenue for the city. The preservation of the existing concrete walls gives people a glimpse to the past and allow for great pedestrian movement out to the lake. The transit system provides residents and visitors several options of navigating the city via rail, bus, bike, or boat. The retail integrates with the existing walls along the south edge of the canal provides a unique shopping experience not found anywhere else in Chicago. With the Museum of Science and Industry only a few miles north of here, the integration of the Museum of Steel Heritage would expand on Chicago’s great museum campus. The redevelopment of this site creates a retail and entertainment hub for the south side and increases the overall density of the city.
dc.description.sponsorship College of Architecture and Planning
dc.format.extent 1 CD-ROM en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Landscape architecture. en_US
dc.title South works : a new vision for South Chicago en_US
dc.type Undergraduate 5th year College of Architecture and Planning thesis. Thesis (B.L.A.)
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