The Shared City Project is a urban environment literacy and advocacy curriculum for high school students at ACE Tech. Charter High School in Chicago. If equipped with the an understanding of neighborhood design and urban planning principles, we believe young adults can draw upon their own creative capital to give voice to questions of access and equity in the places they inhabit.
Students are challenged to explore, document, and critique the built environment and their own communities through the lens of architecture and urbanism while flexing their own citizen-designer-activist-expert capacities. The workshop culminated with two winning pocket park design submissions to the 2015 Chicago Architectural Biennial Design Competition.