Advanced Studio, Spring 2009: Donnelly

  • Work by Ekta Desai for advanced studio taught by Paul Donnelly, Spring 2009.
    Work by Ekta Desai for advanced studio taught by Paul Donnelly, Spring 2009.
  • Work by Ekta Desai for advanced studio taught by Paul Donnelly, Spring 2009.
    Work by Ekta Desai for advanced studio taught by Paul Donnelly, Spring 2009.
  • Work by Kyla Hygysician for advanced studio taught by Paul Donnelly, Spring 2009.
    Work by Kyla Hygysician for advanced studio taught by Paul Donnelly, Spring 2009.
  • Work by Ruben Hung for advanced studio taught by Paul Donnelly, Spring 2009.
    Work by Ruben Hung for advanced studio taught by Paul Donnelly, Spring 2009.
  • Work by S. Song for advanced studio taught by Paul Donnelly, Spring 2009.
    Work by S. Song for advanced studio taught by Paul Donnelly, Spring 2009.
  • Work by Sarah Carpenter & Adria Longenderfer advanced studio taught by Paul Donnelly, Spring 2009.
    Work by Sarah Carpenter & Adria Longenderfer advanced studio taught by Paul Donnelly, Spring 2009.

Advanced Studio, Spring 2009
SKYWARD SOLUTIONS: URBAN EXPANSION IN THE 21ST CENTURY

Paul J. Donnelly, Rebecca & John Voyles Professor

Given our expanding global population, high-density urban solutions have become essential to the well-being of mankind and our planet. As we develop sustainable societies and work to reduce our ecological footprint, skyward development will be an essential dimension of contemporary urbanization. This studio focuses on the architectural and environmental potential of mixed-use tall building in 21st-century urban environments.

The specific project for this studio is the design of a 60- to 80-story, mixed-use high-rise in the heart of downtown Chicago. The new tower(s) house residential, commercial, and retail space, in addition to accommodating a new urban high school and associated recreational spaces. The building project serves as a catalyst within its immediate context, and also is understood as “a city within a city.”

The City of Chicago has insisted the new tower(s) be of global significance and serve as a symbol of the city’s commitment to sustainability and quality urban living. Design proposals must embody Chicago’s rich cultural history and serve as iconic representations of one of America’s “greenest” cities. The project should embrace all issues of sustainability and contribute in a positive way to the overall ecological environment, in addition to engaging 21st-century building science and incorporating advanced systems and technologies.