Activate! Woodlawn Press Release
On a warm August weekend in Woodlawn, as part of Latent Design’s ongoing ACTIVATE! public space initiative, volunteers from the design community and Woodlawn neighborhood applied paint to concrete to transform an underused plaza into a colorful space for play, exercise and gathering.
In March, the ACTIVATE! competition, created in partnership with international nonprofit Architecture for Humanity, called for designs meant to temporarily transform underused spaces at four sites owned by the Chicago Department of Transportation in Garfield Park, Old Town, Pilsen and Woodlawn. The design for creating this physical activity space at 62nd and Ingleside in Woodlawn with cyan and magenta paint was based on the winning submission “Game On!” by Meghan Funk and Kevin Pazik. Installed under a strict $1,000 budget, the project aims to convert a 40-year old inactive concrete plaza into a safe, positive, vital place by adding a running track around the space, outlines for yoga mats, hopscotch, and footprints for dance. The inclusive design is for all ages and aims to inspire neighbors and passersby to move together to promote dialogue about public space and public health, in line with ACTIVATE!’s mission to reinvent public space for greater community connectivity in Chicago. The remaining and additional installations will begin Spring 2014.