How would you transform a vacant or underused space in your community?
Vying for $2,000 in cash prizes, collaboration with a Chicago Architecture Biennial (CAB) partner, and a pat on the back from former Mayor Rahm Emanuel, sixty-one student teams from forty-two Illinois zip codes entered the BP Spring 2019 Student Ideas Competition. Prizewinners were announced at a ceremony on May 14 at the Chicago Cultural Center. A component of the CAB, the competition challenged elementary and high school students to “transform vacant or underused spaces in their communities.” After an evaluation process, eight jurors narrowed the entries down to the thirteen projects—first, second and third place, plus ten honorable mentions—represented at the ceremony.
“It was difficult,” said juror Luis Ramirez, a muralist and graffiti artist who works under the moniker “Asend One,” of judging the entries. “All the students had great ideas, but ultimately we had to make our choices.” Prizewinners spanned seventh through twelfth grade. Second-place winner Michelle Wang (Illinois Math and Science Academy, eleventh grade) hand-drew her concept for the “Engineering Museum for North Aurora Youth in Minority Ethnic Groups,” a multi-polygonal structure including laboratories, classrooms and a “creation station.” Camryn Gosa (Lindblom Math and Science Academy, ninth grade), who received an honorable mention, produced a full 3D model of her “Ashburn Community Center Project,” complete with electricity, shrubbery and a miniature indoor tennis court.
Read on HERE >>> Source: Newcity Design Exploring Ideas about Architecture and the Built Environment at the Chicago Architecture Biennial’s Student Ideas Competition