CAF Exhibit: 50 Designers, 50 Ideas, 50 Wards
Design for Ward 30 – Backyard Arcade
The “Backyard Arcade” transforms the uninspiring private backside of homes to a public space that promotes entrepreneurship and sharing under one spectacular new roof. This project looks to the “back” in two ways to find a way forward - the 19th century architecture of an “arcade” and the backyard of our residential blocks. The arcade is a covered passageway or street often lined with shops on the ground floor and second story offices or workrooms. They were known for selling specialty goods within a special environment. The most impressive outcome of the arcade was how private developer space became an active public space. The backyard is a fitting site for this low-rise development where both residents and developers are invested in its success. The patterns of the arcade are translation of ornamentation that decorated neighborhood buildings which help to give roots and identity to this new commercial and community center.
Jurassic Studio was featured as one of the 50 invited firms showcasing a proposal for the Chicago Architecture Foundation exhibit, “50 Designers, 50 Ideas, 50 Wards”.
The Jurassic Studio's design for the 30th Ward is published in Architect's Newspaper.