Washington fields

A second opportunity throughout permaculture

Urban masterplan
Chicago, IL, USA

IIT, 05/2017
SOM Superpopulated studio
Profs. Robert Bracken and Jorge Rovira

with Maria Mateu, Daniela Sesma and Brianda Mireles


The aim is to repopulate a struggling area in the South Side of Chicago: Washington Park. To do so, we want to implement a holistic lifestyle throughout permaculture. Its principles, taking care of the land, the people and sharing profits, intend to solve the existing emptiness, crime and unemployment.

Our main strategy is creating smaller blocks in residential areas, enclosed and with community gardens inside, as a shared space for neighbors. Complementing these, higher density activities such as markets and offices are located around the train, connecting the healthy, rushless community with the city.