WE BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER

Park Place is an ongoing project series that seeks to reimagine and visualize ways in which overlooked and underutilized public spaces (small parks, plazas, parklets, etc.) can be activated with low-cost, high-impact solutions to bring an increased sense of vitality, color, and community to those places. With so many spaces in our neighborhoods, towns, and cities going unused or having fallen into disrepair —how can we start viewing them as opportunities for community building and reclaim them for the common good?

PARK PLACE

Urban Placemaking

WORLDWIDE

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BEFORE

AFTER

PROPOSED INTERVENTION: Icky Park

LOCATION: Lincoln Park/Ranch Triangle, Chicago

 

Focusing on nearby spaces in need, Common Place Projects has chosen a small park to illustrate the opportunities for and impact of public space revitalization. Icky Park sits on a single city lot surrounded by homes and backs up to the elevated train tracks.

 

Common Place Projects has designed three levels of activation meant to enhance the park experience through color, texture, and 3D elements in order to create a more usable and enjoyable gathering space for the neighborhood. The first level of activation provides color through custom ground murals and brick painting. The second level of activation provides texture through landscaping and strategic plantings. The third level of activation creates a gathering space through the construction of an interactive sculpture, stage, and fabric canopy. The interactive sculpture acts as a visual barrier to the train tracks as well as a backdrop for live stage performances and a ‘canvas’ for video projection and community art. The perforated fabric canopy helps define the space and create a sense of intimacy. It will also be activated by the wind and create a dance between light and shadow on the surfaces of the park below.

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Custom murals designed for the existing brickwork. Large-scale pavement mural to define the elevated platform. New coat of colorful paint for the existing furniture and light fixtures.

Adds:

Color

Playful & Happy visuals

Lively energy

Vitality to the space

Perforated fabric stretched across the existing trees to create a colorful canopy. The canopy creates a more intimate feeling for the space and animates the wind.

Adds:

Intimacy

Coziness

Color

Light & Shadow play

Designated area for performances, projected movies, and custom murals. The interactive sculpture rotates to provide either a white backdrop for projection, a canvas for custom art, or a stage set.

Adds:

Focal point

Performance space

Visual screen for train tracks

Interactive element

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UPDATED
PARKSCAPE

ACTIVATION 3:
LIGHT CONSTRUCTION

ACTIVATION 2:
LANDSCAPING

ACTIVATION 1:
PAINT

CURRENT
PARK

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PLAYGROUND FOR ALL

Kinetic Environments

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