Student Summary:

On week four we started off with two lectures. Matt .B and Matt.D showed up at Curie on monday to talk about materials, and structures. From there the design team started finalizing the concept plans for the shed. The build team putting the final walls for the physical model for the 1/4″ scale model. And started working on the 1/2″ scale model. Also we had the quantity take off. So the build team made a list of the materials that are need for the shed. At the end of the week we had a field trip to Home depot and to the re-build exchange, which we took prices for the list that we made of materials.

Workshop Observations:

  • Monday we had lectures from Matt. B, Matt. D. They talked about different materials, and their companies, and also talked the museum in chicago and the flying carpet which is a bridge.
  • We worked on the elevation of the shed. the build team was started constructing a 1/2″ physical model.
  • Quantity take off
  • We created a list of materials that we are going to need for the shed. And then went to Home depot.
  • We visited the re-build exchange building and Home depot. We looked for materials. And took the prices for some materials.

Student Summary:

The students finished the scale model of the garden site this was done by the build team. Also we had a lecture from Aash about schedualing and the three methods of delivery. This helped everyone to know how to get organized and also to see how far along we are in our project. We also took a field trip to South Shore Chicago Peoples Park where we saw a site that used to be overgrown in plants, and a lot of garbage. There was a lot of gang affiliation on the site because it was very hidden. The people from the neighborhood helped to work together to rebuild the park in honor of the people that died on that corner of the site. Another garden that we saw was also kept by the people where they pay to grow their vegetation and harvest when its ready. This experience was very helpfull to our project in a way that we learned about lighting and how to use the suns power to use for solar panels, also to have ventilation in our tool shed.

Sergio (Workshop Participant)

Workshop Observations:

Tuesday, Aash came for a presentation. He is a developer for Helios design build company. he taught about schedualing and the different types of delivery methods which are; design build, design bid build, and construction manager at risk. He also talked about what realestate is which is actual land with property. took a field trip to south chicago peoples park. We met pat O’Conell and Angela Hurlock both explained the history of peoples park and how it came to be and the different projects in the neighborhood.

Student Summary:

To start off our week we were given two interesting PowerPoint presentations by two professional landscape architects. They informed us on the major points of both landscape architecture and the relationships between clients and the communities. Both presentations helped us further realize the amount of thought has to go into every design plan.

Over this past week our program has emphasized on teamwork. We have split into two different groups in order to further our experiences in the field of architecture. The two teams consist of a Build team and a Design Team. Each team controls certain facets of our total design process and contributes to each other in order to create our final designs and models.

The Design group has created an elaborate and interesting layout for our Ujima Garden client and now the Build team is trying to construct a scaled model of the plans in order to show our clients what exactly we have in mind for their garden. During this process it is essential that the two teams stay in contact with each other in order to make sure that each team has an input on the final design and to make sure that all the measurements and designs are accurate.

-Kameron (Workshop Participant)

Workshop Observations:

  • We broke into our two groups (Design Team) and (Build Team).
  • Design Team consolidated all of our ideas and put them together.
  • Build Team constructed a scaled model of the Ujima model site.
  • Design Team also went over The City of Chicago Zoning codes for our site. They discovered certain setback requirements.
  • Property line discrepancy solved.
  • T-shirts for our program were designed and ordered. We needed to know the exact requirements of our shirts and how they were made.

Instructor Summary:

The design and ‘fabrication’ of a team shirt was used to illustrate the steps required in working with material fabricators during the building process.  The lesson intended to illustrate the several steps required between concept design (where students presented hand drawn designs in their sketchbooks) and fabrication/delivery of the t-shirts.  The winning designer (selected by a vote of all class participants) worked with a partner to develop the design sketch into a printable photoshop image file, resolve printing problems, identify exact color specifications, and ultimately to place the order.  Congratulations on your winning design, Erica- we’ll look good on site this summer!

Student Summary:

The Chicago Center for Green Technology was once a Brownfield- An illegal dump that stored tons of environmentally harmful waste.  However, it is now a leader in how to effectively use natural power such as solar and geothermal energy.  Thanks to the kind staff, we were given a tour to help obtain and stimulate ideas we can incorporate into our Ujima Garden Project.  While we probably won’t win the L.E.E.D( Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum award, the tour of the CCGT has definitely given all of us some food for thought.

-Axel (Workshop Participant)

Workshop Observations:

Student Summary:

On June 25th the ACE Mentor Program took a trip to Ujima Garden to view the site of our 2010 Summer Design Workshop client.  After reviewing and surveying the site we had several questions about the site.  Upon arriving on site we noticed the entrance gate was farther back the earlier anticipated.  We also found that there is a utility pole blocking part of the wall where the mural is supposed to be.  After surveying the lot we determined that the tool shed/greenhouse should be placed at the southeast corner of the lot, placing the shed/greenhouse there will block the view of the alley and neighbors parking lot.  By placing the shed/greenhouse there will help hide the alley and parking lot and leave the community’s residents with a better view instead of a trashy alley of a view.  After taking the trip to the site it leaves use with a better view of what we have to work with and suggesting for improvements to address when we meet the client at a later date.-

-Justin (Workshop Participant)

Workshop Observations:

  • Entry gate located at center of site, north side. *Preference is to maintain location(cost).
  • Potential 2nd gate on Central Park.
  • Site currently slopped/crowned. Do we want to modify? Bio Swales?
  • No setback at neighbor’s property. Do we need to set Garden apart?
  • Size of back gate appeared small.
  • Trash present on site. Consider trash barrels, nice design to encourage community to take care.
  • Utility pole blocking portion of mural wall. *Can we propose new mural location or two.
  • Current tree location bunched together.

Student Summary:

Not only are these kids learning their ABC’s, they are also learning the essentials to live a healthy life. They garden, do yoga, and they also eat healthy food which is grown from their own garden.

When we first arrived, we were greeted by Founder & Executive Producer Sarah Elizabeth Ippel. We were  invited to see a very talented group of 5 year olds called “Flower Power” sing about the numbers 2 and 4. They also sang about princesses. Next we headed outside to the chicken coop. They serve the eggs which are fed to the children also.

Soon later we met with Amy Christiansen, the Wellness and Sustainability teacher at the academy. She discussed with us about what should be in a successful garden and also a successful green house.

After this trip, we now have plenty ideas of what a functioning and successful garden should look like. This is going to be a fun year…

-Erica (Workshop Participant)

Workshop Observations:

  • Rainwater Harvesting

Roof design better with more barrels.

Could it be a green roof and harvest rain?

  • Greenhouse/ Shed

Dual purpose- it may extend growing season

Shelves for all ages to reach

  • Compost does not smell

It may need worms and a drain. Also it will need air

  • Scale

12′ x 24′ is a good size.

  • Raised Beds

It is better to protect against animals

Easier for people in wheelchairs

Better for if it floods

Better soil in ground

Student Summary:

The Design Charette day was fun and exciting.  Everyone enjoyed themselves.  Nita Gamble gave us the information about Ujima Garden to get us all started.  We also had guests who lent a helping hand.  We started on our own site plans in groups. we progressed a lot out of the little time we had   and once we finished we presented our concept plans which turned out great! Everyone had different ideas and great concept plans,  collages, bubble diagrams and key ideas maps. We all had a blast!

-Stephanie (Workshop Participant)

Workshop Observations:

1/ Rainfall capture system

2/ Garden site contaminated- Tool Shed will be installed on temporary site

3/ Wheelchair accessibility

4/ Client wanted to keep plants on-site (crabapple trees)

5/ Client would like future mural design by art institute students to be visible from garden site

6/ Ornamentals and seating/ table area are to be on Central Park

7/ Service area on back of site for soil/ woodchip delivery

8/ “L” shaped tool shed

Our client for this summer will be the West Humbolt Park Development Council and more specifically, the Ujima Community Garden Project.  They are building a sustainable urban garden (near Garfield Park on the West side) and have asked us to provide a master plan and to help them construct outdoor furniture, a place for tool storage, and/or a rain harvesting system.  Our Workshop team, working together with the client, aims to build a creative and professionally designed project!

Instructor Summary:

The 2010 Summer Design-Build Studio will meet regularly (M-Th) at Curie Metro High School between 8:00am and 12:30pm; Friday meetings will be off-campus and will involve trips to the project site and other related adventures.  Our team is comprised of 12 Chicago Public High School Students, 1 CPS Instructor, and 1 ACE program director.  We are additionally supported by the ACE Board of Directors, many volunteering construction industry professionals, and the client organization(s).  Financial support is provided by the Chicago Public Schools and Bovis Lend Lease.


CPS Instructor: Tom Miller

contact p: 773.710.6312    e:


ACE Director: Matt Snoap

p: 312.505.7453  e:



Students come from a number of schools across Chicago, including:  Curie Metro High School, Lane Tech College Prep, Simeon Career Academy, Benito Juarez Community Academy, King College Prep, et al.