Courtesy of Chicago Architecture Biennial / OnTheReal Film Inc., 2019
Anthony Overton Elementary School, located in the Bronzeville neighborhood, closed in 2013 after more than fifty years of operation, and was bought by a community development organization in 2015. Designed by Perkins and Will in 1963, the school was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2016.
As this site prepares for its redevelopment into an entrepreneurship center, a series of outdoor collaborative design projects—including projections, installations, and mapping—aim to reflect and celebrate its design legacy, introduce its renewed identity, and propose new program opportunities to connect with the surrounding community.
In summer 2019, international practices Herkes İçin Mimarlık (Architecture for All), studioBASAR, and Zorka Wollny along with Borderless Studio, who has managed a series of site-specific design projects at the school since 2016, came together here for a week of exchange, research, tours, and youth workshops. New work produced during this week, was opened to the public on select weekends during the run of the Biennial.
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