Work begins on Studio Gang’s Chicago peaceful plaza and roller rink

Construction has begun on a community plaza and roller rink in Chicago designed by local architect Studio Gang.

The vacant lot in West Garfield Park was developed through community engagement organised by Studio Gang in collaboration with the non-profit Goldin Institute in order to improve public safety, address the root causes of violence and engage in neighbourhood youth programming, according to the architect.

The roller rink and multi-purpose area will be in place until the project opens as a permanent space with fixed lighting, furniture, a stage and an outdoor activity area in June 2022.

Lori Lightfoot, Chicago’s Mayor, said: "Neighbourhood Activation serves as my administration’s latest commitment to enhancing public safety and builds on our comprehensive summer safety strategy.

"By making investments at the block level in communities that are facing high levels of violence, we are able to give our most vulnerable residents the resources they need to stay engaged and stay safe. Only by driving resources where they are needed most, with input from community members, can we truly eliminate the scourge of violence from our city."

Jeanne Gang, studio Gang founder, said: "Design has a critical role to play in uplifting communities and making our cities more equitable and resilient.

"Working with the people who know Garfield Park best ؘ- its residents – to imagine the future of their neighbourhood has been incredibly rewarding. We’re proud to help our home city of Chicago to invest in the safety and prosperity of this community."

Image courtesy of Studio Gang

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