A Center for Civic Engagement: The Center will be a place for doing. It will include classrooms, labs, and outdoor spaces, and it will conduct programs that provide visitors with experiences that inspire and tools to make things happen in their own communities.
The campus will be open to the public, and the Center will include indoor and outdoor spaces for events, trainings, and other gatherings.
Open Design: The Center is designed to re-establish the South Side’s connection to the Lagoon and Lake Michigan. Set in the public space of Jackson Park, the Center’s campus will invite visitors to flow through the architecture and into the park. This approach will soften the transition between city, landscape, lagoon, and lake.
Sustainability: The Center will be a real-life symbol of the President and Mrs. Obama’s commitment to sustainability. The project will, at a minimum, be LEED v4 Platinum, and we are exploring the possibility to surpass those qualifications.
Interactive Design is participating as the Associate Architect to the New York City firm of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects.