CannonDesign is partnering with the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) for Between States, an exhibition to be held during the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Between States showcases projects that transform underappreciated and/or underperforming spaces into civic triumphs within Chicago neighborhoods.

Our project proposes a “Planned Agricultural District” (or PAD) within the Garfield Park neighborhood. The project will utilize now-vacant lands and underutilized manufacturing zones by creating a vertically-integrated food district. The PAD will create land improvements that incentivize and prioritize community employment, whether it’s through harvesting food to sell at market places, or staffing individuals at product distribution centers. A new central market and greenway will create beautiful, verdant and safe routes for community connections and recreation. The hope is the PAD will function as a temporary state, creating an immediate physical infrastructure that promotes current and future development. The PAD would be a prototype zoning model that could be deployed to other neighborhoods and cities to help solve systemic vacancy and related issues.

The Between States exhibit will run from Sept. 19, 2017 through Jan. 7, 2018 in the CAF Atrium Gallery. More details on the exhibition can be found via the CAF press release.