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SOS Children's Village Community Center

aportado por 323 World Architecture Festival , 21 Mayo 2009

 

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Unique Design Process:

The process of integrating in-kind donations greatly shaped the overall design of the building. Instead of dreading this process as a form of “value engineering,” a new system for integrating donations was created to capitalize on its design potential. In this new system, the original design maintains a series of placeholder elements. Each element is treated as a variable requiring reshuffling and re-integrating once a donation of material is secured. A donation of steel for the stairs, a revolving door, and the donation of concrete for the exterior wall all created new opportunities for the project. Each one is studied in relation to all of its immediately adjacent parts and may therefore affect change in other elements or even suggest new donations be sought. Mechanisms for coping with and anticipating change include keeping lists of confirmed donations, potential suppliers, and donor naming opportunities. All potential donations lived on a spreadsheet until they were integrated. Unlike “value engineering” that eliminates or substitutes material using less expensive alternatives, this process of maintaining flexibility allowed for compelling discoveries, surprise juxtapositions and hybrids which could not have been conceived from the beginning and could never be repeated exactly the same way.

Site Strategy:

A parcel that was formerly a rail yard on 76th and Parnell was donated to SOS by City of Chicago. Bordered by raised rail track and an unusual street pattern, the community center needed to resolve a complex urban setting. To highlight SOS’s open-arms mission and gain visibility between the tracks, large-scale openings on the exterior are positioned to address each of the urban approaches. The ground floor opening and primary entrance addresses the foster-care houses to the south affording safe access for children, while the second floor corner window to the community room gives public presence and visual access along 76th street.

Project Function:

SOS is an international social service organization initiated after World War II to help orphaned children reunite with their siblings separated by war. Today SOS continues to reunite siblings into foster-care families while training foster-care parents and providing housing and services to families. Programming at the community center focuses on educational enrichment and personal growth. It offers after-school programs for youth, including tutoring and mentoring, as well as parenting training and other classes for adults. The new Lavezzorio SOS Community Center is the hub of the greater SOS Children’s Village, a residential neighborhood that opened in 2005. With its focus on creating families and community for foster-care children, the Lavezzorio Community Center and SOS village together create the first urban village of its kind in the United States.

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Photograph: Steve Hall - Hedrich Blessing

 

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7600 S. Parnell, Chicago, USA




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