Large Public Urban Complex in Chicago
ARCH 574 | Fall 2013
Professor Botond Bognar
The studio will have one project in the semester, but it will have two distinct parts. The program calls for the designing of a large, mixed-‐use public urban complex in Chicago, just south of the loop and Congress Parkway next to the Chicago River.
The program, that you will need to detail and adjust according to your interpretation, will include a Conference and Cultural Center of about 60,000 – 80,000 sqft with a multipurpose arena of 6,000 –7,000 seats, a high-‐rise hotel of 500-‐600 rooms, and retail. The program also requires the provision of a Contemporary Urban Art Gallery of approximately 35,000 to 40,000 sqft, along with art park / plaza and urban amenities.
In the first stage of the work you will do site research plus planning and urban design combined with landscape design including addressing of the water front areas. In the second part of the semester, you will select a distinct part (building) of your urban design scheme and elaborate its architectural design.
In the stage of site analysis and conceptual design (urban design) you will be using only sketchbooks with diagrams (about 3 weeks) and keeping them up-‐to-‐date with your developing ideas will be highly encouraged. Physical study models will be used extensively throughout the entire studio and will be one of the most important components of your presentations, both mid-‐ term and final.
Since the program includes buildings with large spaces, structural considerations with the most creative approaches will be required. We will also aim at developing “green architecture” in the process. Sustainability however is the bottom line of any solution; your goal should be designing architecture of highly dignified, public character. A list of precedents will be included in your detailed studio program and schedule, which you will be required to scrutinize and with which you should get familiar. There will be pin-‐ups and class discussions as well.
In the studio we strive for professional, but highly creative / imaginative solutions that could not only continue but also elevate the great architectural legacy of the city of Chicago.