Bluemoney00's Community Market

2018 National DiscoverDesign Competition:


In many Chicago neighborhoods, young adults are often subject to the harsh reality of life. With no predominant way to get involved in any group communities, they are frequently forced to participate in unhealthy habits, like gangs and drugs, to find who they are. These Chicago neighborhoods often don't have the required income to support, if any, community events. The objective is to build a community market that not only provides healthy food, like everyday fresh produce, to the public but also be a community sanctuary that offers a place to house community events, such as concerts or educational conferences. The marketplace would team up with Agrow Fresh Produce Co, a company that provides a wide range of fresh produce to the public, to give people cheap yet healthy fruits for all. Since Agrow Fresh Produce Co is only 20 minutes away from the community market, the market would be provided with healthy foods all-year-round. Second, the market has to support the ethnic background of the community adequately. This can be accomplished by adding proper infrastructures, like restaurants or statues, that reflects the history and culture of the main ethnic groups but still be diverse enough to accommodate everyone in the community adequately. Finally, The market has to fully support the neighborhood's income and fit in with the architectural style of the surrounding buildings. The design must not be too conspicuous yet still have integrated modern technology, like automatic doors and surveillance technology, to make it practical for everyday use.

Collect Info

Getting to know more about the community, and the people that live in it is a vital part in designing a thriving community space that satisfies the need of the people. Looking at things like the History, Median Household Income, and Ethnicity of the community will determine the type of design I will integrate into my community market. Like many other things, History plays an essential role in the identity of a community. The Chicago Union Company was first incorporated on July 3rd, 1913 to replace the old union station that was in its spot. On May 7th, 1915, the Union changed its name from Union Station to Chicago Union Station. The Project was supposed to cost 65,000,000 but ended up being 75,000,000. There is also a monument in the Logan Square called the “The Centennial Monument” which was built in 1918. This monument was erected to celebrate Illinois 100 years of statehood. Incorporating any historical monuments can have a significant impact on the overall welcoming of the design and the unity of the community as a whole. It gives the community space a significant historical value. The median household income is also an essential factor to take into account when designing a thriving community space. This will drive how much money should go into the market and how sophisticated the design should be. In this case,the median household income is around $37,574 a year. This tells me that most of the people in that area are not very wealthy so I can't make a market that will be too expensive or too conspicuous. Creating a design that fits in well with the neighborhood is crucial, so people don't feel out of place. Another vital element that will affect my whole design is the Ethnic breakdown of the community. The Hispanic population makes up most of the people in the neighborhood with a staggering 52.8% and African Americans in second with 17.8%. Including things, like restaurants, that reflect the ethnic background of the predominant ethnic group will increase the overall welcoming of the community. When trying to design a thriving community space, it is essential for people to feel connected with the market and always feel welcomed. Many other factors can affect my design. Things like the household size ( being 2.5 people per house), the percent of male and females (55% and 45% female) and the medium age (31.8 years old) will all contribute to my design effort. Being able to create a community space that makes people feel welcomed is crucial when building a community sanctuary that supports community events.

Brainstorm Ideas

I wanted to come up with something practical yet something unique for my community market. I tried to add an eating area, an indoor garden, and a little stage to house all of the community events. At first, it was a struggle trying to come up with ways to integrate all three areas in such a small space. I tried keeping everything on the outside to make the area feel more massive and less cluttered. Adding a stage is one of the most important concepts of my design. The stage is where most of the community events, such as educational meeting and concerts, will be housed. I also wanted to add an abundance of flowers to give the community space more color and make it more appealing to the visitors. By adding a community garden at the center, it provides the area with more of an open and cheerful vibe. The community garden can also be used for educational purposes and a place where people can learn how to plant. The last things that I wanted to incorporate are restaurants and a common eating area. This is a place where all of the visitors can eat and socialize among themselves. Vendor stands will also be integrated to provide visitors with a wide range of products, from books to fresh produce. All of these concepts are important because it drives people to go to the community market and makes them want to come back again. People of all ages can come and participate in all community events, being offered by the community market.

Develop Solutions

I wanted to find ways to make my design more meaningful, creative, and practical. I started making all of my restaurants, vendor stands, and my eating area all abstract shapes to make it more unique. Looking at my previous Brainstorm sketches Visitors should be able to come and enjoy the distinct yet practical design of my community market. One big problem in Chicago is that it gets frigid during the winter and torrid during the summer. I want to come up with a community market that fully sustains the harsh Chicago weather. I started to come up with the idea of making my community market enclosed but still have some open areas to let some ventilation in. This would lower the hot temperatures during the summer and block out most of the rain and snow, so it's not so cold, during the winter. Another big problem is having restaurants that everyone in my community can enjoy. I wanted to make them easily accessible through the outside so people don't feel restrained from the inside. I executed this idea by adding the restaurants at the front of my community market and having an opening towards the street. People would be able to walk alongside California Avenue and buy food with ease. The last problem I wanted to address in my community market is the flow of the people inside. I added a sidewalk all around my community market to control the flow of the people and to showcase all parts of my community market. It leads people through the front entrance, through the eating area, through all the vendors, through the stage and finally to the rear exits. Although many problems arise when trying to design a successful community space, making the people feel welcomed and making my design practical are one of the most important concepts.

Final Design

The primary goal of my whole design was to provide the community with an innovated place to buy healthy foods, like fresh everyday produce, and a place to harbor community events. The community market is used to give teenagers a place to be apart of a community so they don't have to participate in unhealthy habits. I accomplished this goal by integrating things like a food court, community garden and a stage so that people could interact with each other and be apart of a community. Making my community market feel welcoming was one of the biggest challenge to accomplish. I incorporated a Mexican Grill and a Chinese restaurant so visitors can feel culturally accepted while still being able experience other cultural backgrounds. I added flowers to give the community market more color and I added plenty of park benches so visitors can rest after a long day of shopping. Making the design practical yet unique was also a goal I accomplished. I added a sidewalk around my whole community market to maintain the flow of the people inside and direct visitors to all parts of the market. I made my design indoor and outdoor to support Chicago's harsh weather so it can be used all year around. I added restaurants that can be accessed inside as well as outside so anyone can buy food without actually going inside the market. Overall, the main goal of my community market was to give anyone a chance to be apart of a community, especially teens, and be able to buy healthy produce in a unique way.