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The charrette on June 27th was a big hit, allowing students to not only meet with architects, urban planners, engineers, film editors, landscape architects, interior designers, and members of the Chicago Park district, but they also worked with professionals, ultimately creating their own designs for the playground with a real budget, real client, and real understanding of the space.

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TOM’S (and neighborhood’s) NEEDS:

  • Balanced tree landscaping
  • Flowering trees and plants
  • Replacement of fence
  • New water spray
  • New play equipment
  • New drinking fountain

The gist: A safe playground that integrates community involvement with people of all ages, while allowing children to have fun and families to enjoy nature.

TEAM CHUNKY MONKEY: Rock climbing slide

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TEAM SNOAP DAWG: Fun fence

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TEAM J.A.M.S. Water Willow: Moving water sculpture

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TEAM NOCTURNE: Tree platforms

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TEAM INSECTION: Climbing boat/spider

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FEATURES EVERYONE AGREES ON

  • Water feature: Additional seating, misting, sculptural..
  • Tree house: Platformed levels
  • Recycled materials for building equipment: plastic, graffiti material, etc.
  • Change in topography: hills
  • Rock climbing slide
  • Water willow sculpture
  • Ivy Fences
  • Pretty garden

INTERESTING TAKE AWAYS

Tots can climb up but not down (Thanks Andrew)

Too many trees

No dark spaces for “un-desirables”

Sand boxes attract kitty poop

A HUGE thanks to everyone who attended the design build charrette. Can’t wait to unveil our fantastic final design!

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