Upside Down

DesignerSeetharam Vallabhaneni
Prize2nd Place in Architecture Categories / Landmarks, symbolic structures, memorials, public
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Entry Description

Upside Down is a community / art center on the north bank of the Chicago river. It aims to activate and engage the neighborhood and the general public through a collage of programs it facilitates, creating unexpected moments, and curating interesting experiences for the users. It also aims to bridge the physical and perceptual distance between the two levels of the city. The project celebrates the history and tradition of the River as a constantly evolving body of water that reimagines itself to suit the needs of the city - from supporting the industrial establishments in the past to its current role in creating better urban public spaces for the people and speculates on the next iteration of this evolution to create and support sustainable ecosystems.