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The Planner's Path

The Planner's Path is a teen-led walk through reimagined abandoned spaces across Chicago. As part of their 2020 capstone project, the Chicago Architecture Center’s Teen Fellows proposed 19 architectural possibilities for underused buildings and spaces. The Fellows identified the needs of their community and projected their planned solutions onto an abandoned space, such as an empty lot or vacant building. Through collaboration, research, and brainstorming, each proposal prioritized community engagement and connection. These impressive designs transform abandoned land into community assets and reinforce the power of architecture to influence social change. Reimagine underused spaces and places on this car or biking route. The Chicago Architecture Center’s Teen Fellows program—hosted in partnership with Harold Washington College and After School Matters—is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for high school students to learn about architecture, construction, engineering and design. This scholarship program gives incoming sophomores and juniors enrolled in a Chicago high school the chance to explore the design fields, earn college credit and working alongside architecture and design professionals. Teens work on multiple design projects, showcases and public exhibitions, visit places of architectural significance and have an opportunity to complete their fellowship with a paid summer internship at various firms around the city.

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