Chicago Urban Agricultural Institution
       
     
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 Abstractions of textures observed in field studies
       
     
 Concept Model: Building as Filter
       
     
 Organizational Strategies
       
     
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 Programmatic Distrubution
       
     
 Building Plans
       
     
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 Physical Model
       
     
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Chicago Urban Agricultural Institution
       
     
Chicago Urban Agricultural Institution

Concept: Threshold

Strategy: Filter

Architectural Expression: The Chicago Urban Agricultural Institution (CUAI) seeks to unite the land and the built environment as well as compliment the functions of the institutions directly to its north (health and fitness) and south (marketplace). As an educational facility, its mission is to offer space to learn and grow. Functioning as a “living library”, and directly through a predominantly open-air ground floor, users are strongly encouraged to engage with the natural environment and to take a hands-on approach towards a self-reliant future. By unifying the threshold between interior and exterior, growing becomes an integral and active element of both the program and the architectural expression.

The building is supported by columns (that resist the vertical forces) and circulation cores (that resist the lateral forces). These structural systems accommodate a glass-enclosed flexible space at the ground level and enclosed laboratory and classroom spaces on the second floor, both of which provide an all-seasons approach to the exhibition and study of the outdoors.

Collaboration with Bryan Bietsch + Benjamin Kane

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 Abstractions of textures observed in field studies
       
     

Abstractions of textures observed in field studies

 Concept Model: Building as Filter
       
     

Concept Model: Building as Filter

 Organizational Strategies
       
     

Organizational Strategies

CUAI_10.jpg
       
     
 Programmatic Distrubution
       
     

Programmatic Distrubution

 Building Plans
       
     

Building Plans

CUAI_9.jpg
       
     
 Physical Model
       
     

Physical Model

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