Community / Funded Projects

Re[CREATE]Ed Spaces

Sweet Water Foundation (SWF) and the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) will catalyze the success of the 2016 Re[CREATE]Ed Spaces program via a 8-month project that will:

  • Refine, enhance, and package the design+build connected learning model tested in 2016,
  • Expose high school classrooms across the city to power youth-inspired, community-driven design,
  • Enlist teachers to deliver the model via a Re[CREATE}Ed Spaces/DiscoverDesign.org Challenge, and
  • Culminate in youth-inspired built projects at Sweet Water Foundation's Perry Ave Commons.

This project seeks to amplify the impact of connected learning through development of a replicable model to engage youth in design+build projects that have a positive impact on their communities.

Parallel to the Re[CREATE]Ed Spaces/DiscoverDesign Challenge, CAF and SWF staff will package the program into a replicable model that is accessible to other educators and community-based organizations via a digital guide. The guide will provide essential details on how to carry out a connected learning design+build project that is youth-inspired, community-driven and results in a tangible, positive impact to the built environment of a community.

In addition to the development of the digital guide and expansion of the Re[CREATE]Ed Spaces program, returning CAF and SWF youth participants will also collaborate on the pocket park design+build from the Spark project, working closely with SWF staff to bring elements of the design to life in summer 2017.