My community market design, located at 2211 W 35th Street, will serve the community of McKinley Park by providing/enabling accessibility to fresh food and goods to community members.
To collect information was a very important aspect of this challenge. I visited both sites to get an idea of the plot and also its surroundings. It important to take in consideration the neighborhood surrounding the plot so you can get to know and understand what is needed on the plot, that the neighborhood might lack or need help with. I also visited a community market in Chicago and I looked around at what it offered and also the kind of people who came. I made sure to get pictures of all the sites, to reference while designing. Then, I did research and looked at already existing community markets, to grasp what a community market is and how it can serve a community.
Where entertainment, seminars presentations, etc. can take place
To begin my design, I began with making bubble diagrams. I reorganized the bubbles/spaces numerous times until I reached a layout that I thought was best for the plot. With the research I did on other community markets, I took inspiration from them for my design. I then began to sketch potential designs for my permanent structures and also my furniture. I took notes on the design aesthetic that I wanted to achieve and I sketched various designs to do so.
My idea for the permanent structures was to make the booths/ stands you would see in a typical market, indoors. This way, the community market could still be used in the winter. Since they took up so much space, I made a rooftop on each structure, accessible through the stairs inside, and here is where tables and seating are.
My idea for the permanent structures was to make the booths/ stands you would see in a typical market, indoors. This way, the community market could still be used in the winter. Since they took up so much space, I made a rooftop on each structure, accessible through the stairs inside, and here is where tables and seating are. These buildings take up the middle of the plot because I wanted the outer edges to be more open so that others can feel invited in. The four outer sections are all outdoor spaces. One section is a garden where fresh fruits and vegetables can be grown and collected. This promotes the education of growing plants and also makes the space more interactive. Another section has seating, where those with disabilities who are unable to reach the rooftop, can sit and eat, etc. The third section of the site is a stage with seating. This is another interactive space that will allow locals to perform or watch performances, seminars, presentations, etc. An art gallery inhabits the fourth section of the plot. Here, local artists can display their work and since it faces the street, many people will walk by, or drive by, and see it.