Catalyzing a Community by Focusing on the Next Generation In Summer 2015, wHY was invited…
When the Phoenix Rises Again
Jackson Park is the southern anchor to Chicago’s 7-mile green necklace along Lake Michigan and site of the 1893 World’s Fair, designed by the renowned landscape architects Daniel Burnham and Frederick Law Olmsted. Following decades of neglect, demolition and fires, wHY is leading an initiative to re-design and activate the 500+ acre urban park, incorporating many of the original master plan ideas.
The master plan is the first phase in unlocking the potential of the park and creating an exciting place where people can experience art, culture and science within a naturally beautiful setting. Design constraints are manifold, requiring a sensitivity to the ecological challenges and history of the park while re-activating it with programs and elements that will attract a diverse group of visitors. Among the catalysts are a new Wishing Garden designed in collaboration with the Japanese artist and peace activist Yoko Ono, as well the construction of a new multi-functional pavilion for performances, events and exhibitions.
Due to the rich history of the park and diversity of the neighborhood, the project has required substantial involvement and engagement with the public to gain support for its future development.