Design on the Edge: Chicago Architects Reimagine Neighborhoods

The non-profit Chicago Architecture Foundation invited select local firms to develop conceptual ideas for underutilized areas outside the city’s downtown under the idea, “Design on the Edge: Chicago Architects Reimagine Neighborhoods.” UrbanWorks reimagined an abandoned rail line and underutilized warehouses in Pilsen as a new garment and fashion district. A new glazed multi-block structure that reveals fashion studios and open-air runways connects existing manufacturing and residential structures to anchor the development. The existing rail lines will be revitalized to accommodate movable containers that house cafes, studios, and transport visitors throughout the neighborhood.

Publications/Exhibitions:

“Architect’s Pilsen vision is green and fashion friendly,” WBEZ91.5, 2013
Lunchtime talk at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, 2014

LOCATION: Chicago, IL
CLIENT: Chicago Architecture Foundation
ARCHITECT:  UrbanWorks, Ltd.
PROJECT INITIATION: 2011
COMPLETION OF WORK: 2011