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Creative Grounds

After the largest closure of public schools in Chicago and the United States, this initiative aims to be a platform for actionable research and creative resource to address the role and future of these former school sites by:


(a) documenting through an inventory of sites to understand conditions, challenges and opportunities in their corresponding communities;


(b) exploring creative planning and design ideas that reimagine closed schools as anchors for community development while strengthening the neighborhood’s public life;


(c) supporting ongoing or planned redevelopment efforts to amplify and accelerate repurposing processes. 

Through hosting dialogues, researching best practices, creating a systematic documentation, and testing activation ideas, Creative Grounds serves as a community platform to discuss policies, practices and processes shaping our social infrastructure and built environment by making these visible.

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