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Map Installation / Photo: Brandon Biederman (August 2020)

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Photo: Brandon Bierderman


Rain Garden 

Climate and Cultural Resilience 

The Climate and Cultural Resilience project transforms the parking area at Overton into a community space with a large scale map installation, and new rain gardens by removing the existing asphalt. This project seeks to create awareness about aging infrastructure, increase of impervious surfaces that are contributors to neighborhood flooding, and the need for investment in green infrastructure to promote a more resilient and equitable future.


Using the Bronzeville (+) Plus installation as a base map (from 31st Street on the North, 60th Street on the South, the Dan Ryan Expressway on the West and Lake Park Avenue / Woodlawn Avenue on the East), this project showcases the permeability of Bronzeville by using colored urban watershed zones – the dark purple represents the most pervious zones while the light violet the most impervious. The rain gardens are designed with natural and wetland planting areas integrating three zones to capture stormwater from Overton grounds and contribute with stormwater detention, retention and infiltration. Additionally, educational panels were created and installed along Prairie Avenue to share some additional resources about neighborhood flooding and and ideas for neighborhood green infrastructure projects.

More about this project:

Creative Grounds / Climate & Cultural Resilience 

Creative Grounds / Bronzeville (+)



Project Partners:
Washington Park Development Group 

Elevated Chicago

Center for Neighborhood Technology

Enterprise Community Partners


Site Design

Project Team:

Ruth Levy

Gordon Johnson

Stacey Adams

Stacey Adams Jr.

Kemon Adams

Volunteers (in alphabetical order):

Aamena Ansari

Alec Miller

Allauna Landheart

Angela Gronroos

Ann Panopio

Aqsa Tahir

Asiye Yukselen

Ayesha Riaz

Beatriz Beckford

Caleb Boyd 

Carly Zagorski

Cassandra Rice

Corey Adams

Em Davenport

Evelyn Burd

Gage Kroll

Genevieve Wasser 

Giovana Geluda

Haley Pesci

Henry Ochoa

Isabel Fitzpatrick-Meyers

Isabella ostos

Ilya Deynega

Ivy Ledford 

Jacob Pesci

Jade Foreman

J'Khayla Johnson

Karli Honroth

kelechi agwuncha

Kemon Adams

Lewis Ndikumana

Lidia Madrid 

Lily Parker 

Louisa Zheng

Mackenzie Lukas

Malcolm Ryshavy

Matthew Raigosa

Matt Weiss

Mejay Gula

Nadia John

Nate Krout


Noa Lipsky 

Nyjah Johnson

Olivia Alcabes 

Paloma Locsin

Ramsey Bell

Sally Unger

Sharlene Yulita

Stacey Adams

Stacey Adams, Jr.

Stephanie Adams

Susan Carlotta Ellis

Tina Lamkey

Valeria Bernal

Valerie Wong

Zoe Miller

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Project Team + Group of Volunteers on a Map Installation Day

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Map Installation

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Map Installation


Map Installation


Map Installation


Map Installation


Map Installation


Map Installation


Map Installation


Educational Board


Educational Board

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Educational Board on Site

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Urban Watersheds - GIS Data / Source: Center for Neighborhood Technology

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