This years project is to create an open air market for the community of the McKinley area in the more south side of Chicago. An area with a pretty high crime rate, it is meant to be a space for those who want to be healthier and participate in the community in a safe way -without fear of being discriminated against or hurt. More of a community safe space to be exact. It is the job of the creator to create a wonderfully decent market that allows for easy access to the public and community, while also allowing for a safe space for those who want it. This open market should incorporate the principles of: universal design, building location, building orientation, building materials, and much more. These elements that make the building should make the building more efficient with its purpose of providing an open air market for the community. These designs should please the people going to the market and should persuade them to come back to the market, and maybe bring other people. That is when the community market will have succeeded.
Some of the most important aspects to consider when making a building or structure such as this is the people and the culture around the area it is being built. For example. the average age in the McKinley Park area is about 31.6 years; this means that the average person in this particular area is quite young, and more likely to have children, which is an obvious factor to consider when making a structure. There are also structural considerations to make when considering the demographics. As another example, one would not put numerous stairs if there was an significant elderly population and they would not make the structure overly complicated. These demographics are to be highly regarded when thinking and executing one's plan for their final design. There is also a geographical component that needs to be addressed. It is in front of 35th street and it is right outside of a neighborhood and there is a little parking lot in the alleyway next to the park.. There is a lot of pedestrian traffic and family traffic though pedestrian traffic and through automobiles. There is also a metro train station to the south of it. This means that there is a significant amount of foot, car, and bus traffic that run through the area and the structure needs to be inviting as to convince the people to stop by. It should be an open building that does not close off people.
60609 Race & Ethnicity Stats
This like provides the racial and ethnicity statistics in and around the McKinley park area.
One of the things that came through my mind when searching for ideas was to create a visual image in my head of what an open air market should look like. Then I thought of a practical way to integrate some of my ideas with the way that an open air community market should be. Through these processes, I made sketches on my ideas that I came up with. I also thought about technology to use to make some of the stuff better so it could be better, like significantly better. One of the certain elements that I thought was a must have was accordion doors. These versatile doors allow for the opening of space which I found to be extremely important. Another common trait that all of these have is the stage. I found this to be important as a market should not be just a place for business in a community, but should include entertainment, which is where the stage comes in. Another trait that these sketches have in common is the lack of buildings. I think that when one puts many man-made structures that are not necessarily needed, they create a feeling of artificiality. Therefore, I tried to include as little buildings as possible to keep the market more grounded and natural, also providing the new generations with a place to play in a "natural" environment.
This was my first sketch and it was one of my most creative so far (I am not so creative of a per
This sketch was more of a building type of open air market.
This started as more of a what-if sketch and it would be a more of an entertainment sketch, but i
There were various aspects that I wanted to incorporate into my design that I thought would better the whole structure itself and the way that it related to people. One of these aspects was the inclusion of french doors. These doors I thought were a must have in my design. They allowed for extreme ventilation as they would just open up to reveal a passage way or sort that was just open. I found this essential because they not only doubled as doors, but as walls, it allowed for people to come in and out as they pleased while also allowing for the wind to come in as well. Another desirable aspect of these doors/walls was the fact that they could be opened to the desired length. Therefore, if it is too windy outside or too cold, they could be closed, and vice versa. One of the other solutions that I came up with was the grand open space in the middle of the building. This would allow for versatility in its use. It could be used as a space for transactions of the mutual nature to be done, or it could be a space for people to sit during a performance. The fact that it was not meant for one specific purpose, that it is so scarce in materials, means that it could be used for most things imaginable. Another solution that I had to come up with was to put in reasonable, better-than-decent restrooms, for the sake of everyone using them. Yet another solution was to include a greenhouse to plant and grow vegetables and fruits year-round, and to perhaps educate the young in the area. This greenhouse, while only usable for one, maybe two purposes, could be a major addition to the site of McKinley park. Another solution that I came up with was the shape of the structure. It is an octagon, but it can be loosely said that it could be some sort of pyramid. This could help sound travel when there is a concert of some sort, or if there is some urgent announcement. Another interesting solution that was conceived was the addition of the skylight roofs in the four smaller panels out of the eight roof panels. The reason for this was to give the people the sense of openness that they might not get when the doors are closed. The skylights also allow for light ventilation which is very important.
This is the greenhouse that I created to make the open air market more welcoming and more incorpo
This is a relatively medium sized stage for multiple purposes.
The buildings and structures inside the main building area all towards the edges of the structure
This is more of a relaxing area where people can just hang out and chill.
These doors were a must have in my design. They are quite literally awesome.
For the final design, I decided on one of my sketches to take the idea of it. I refined the sketch and added some elements that would make the space better and it would be more efficient. One of the first things I did after making the basic layout of the walls and figuring out how they were to be placed, is make a decent restroom. One of the biggest turn-offs for people hanging out in a park in the public are restrooms that either don't work, or are just plain gross. I make an effort to make a restroom that would be in an optimal place and would allow for the best satisfaction. Another idea that I had was to make a green house, not only for food, but to educate the public as well. Chicago gets Very cold in the winter and one of the best/only ways to grow vegetables, fruits, and plants is to have a greenhouse. Through this reasoning, I created a relatively decent sized greenhouse to grow food for the winter. I also wanted to incorporate a playground/play area for those who want to let loose their inner child. The ground is grass because even though it can freeze in the winter, it provides a nostalgic feel and it provides a semi-soft surface for children to play on. Also, only the crazy kids will be playing on the play area in the winter, so there won't be many people to get hurt from the ground. Overall, this final design is the most it can be, as limited it can be. Less is more, as it is always said. The overall space that the structure provides along with limited walls, allow for a very spacious and grounded design. The whole point of this market isn't to create the most technologically advanced, or the most structures that serve a purpose, it is to bring a community together, and this design allows for much free will and actions to take place and to give the community a second meeting place or home, if you will. This design was created to bring the best out in the people that enter there, for the greater good of the nearby community, and the city as a whole.
A bird's eye view from the back side of the structure.
A decent view of the side of the structure.
A nice bird's eye view of the top and whole of the space and area.
This is my design within the setting of the McKinley park area and the surrounding neighborhood.