TM13 - A High-performance Building Walking Tour of Chinatown

Monday, November 12 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM | Tour Meet Desk « Back

Abstract Text:

The Chinatown Branch of the Chicago Public Library serves as a new civic, educational, and social hub for Chicago’s Chinatown. The library unites the neighborhood’s two distinct districts: the emerging north and historic south Chinatown. Its design balances elegant aesthetics, pragmatic programming, and green design solutions to create a center that serves the community’s needs and enhances its vibrancy both now and in the future. Designers worked closely with Chicago Public Library officials to identify opportunities for programmatic overlap, flexibility, and utility. Attendees will continue their tour of Chinatown by visiting the LEED BD+C Platinum Certified Ping Tom Memorial Park Fieldhouse which reflects the spirit and character of the community. The Fieldhouse serves as a hub for adults and children to gather, socialize, and grow. Building features provide ample opportunities for community interaction as well as a place for visitors to gaze out at the vibrant Chinatown neighborhood. The Fieldhouse achieved every Sustainable Sites and Water Efficiency credit and much care was taken in the selection of materials in the pursuit of creating a healthy indoor environment. With the development of the Fieldhouse, the team implemented a unique design concept with features significant to the Chicago Chinatown community. This is a walking tour, dress warm and be prepared for poor weather.

Learning Objectives:

Articulate the importance of community engagement in designing a successful, welcoming, and inclusive space that fulfills a need in the neighborhood while incorporating sustainability best practices throughout the process.

Identify the building design strategies to highlight energy saving tactics and how the building site encourages pedestrian movement and walkability between the two distinct districts of a neighborhood.

Discuss the importance of integrative process when designing programmatic adjacencies - open public facing spaces and closed/opaque programs.

Illustrate the efficiency benefit, design and deployment of the thermoactive cooling and heating system and how the system operates during the summer, winter and shoulder seasons.


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Event Type: Tour > Session