The Urban Studio 

ARCH 574 | Fall 2014
Associate Professor Kevin Hinders 


Growing from outreach efforts with the City of Chicago Mayor’s office and Chicago’s Department of Planning and Development, the Urbanism Program Area launched the Illinois School of Architecture’s inaugural Chicago Studio in Fall 2014. While numerous design outreach projects were identified by the Chicago Mayor’s Office and Department of Planning and Development, this studio is focused on urban design in blocks surrounding the United Center:

Approximately 225 acres

Bounded by:

•       Ashland Avenue,

•       Lake Street,

•       Hoyne Street, and

•       Congress Parkway

In close proximity to:

•       Illinois Medical District

•       Fulton Market
Innovation District

•       West Loop/Near West Side

The studio developed an urban design strategy/proposal for the area which harmonized with the existing structures of the city and anticipates the future needs of residents and visitors while providing a new neighborhood quality which has been sacrificed the past 40 years. Students worked with the Chicago Department Planning and Development, the Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate at Roosevelt University and Chicago area architects.