Chicago’s south side remains to be a forgotten place where needs that are essential for the development of a minimum standard of life are unmet. Segregation, lack of opportunity, and education perpetuate poverty. Food supply is at the base of all these problems. Our idea is to create an environment that facilitates the work of organizations focused on food distribution while supporting the development of communities through architecture, technology, and urban planning on a micro-scale. Washington Height's main goal is the creation of an urban complex based on prefabricated ‘smart building’ units to provide free meals on Chicago’s south side. The design is based on innovative principles around the ideas of industrialized building processes and the seamless integration of sustainable strategies.
The 400-sf unit can be fabricated and installed in one day, they can be configured in multiple ways and adapted to almost any use imaginable such as classrooms, offices, mini-markets, postal services, and shops. So eventually the food depository can grow into a more complex system of social services for communities in need. Through the introduction of a high quality, high performance, and affordable architectural product we will challenge the dominance of the construction industry worldwide that continues to be uncreative and expensive.
THE ENDELEO INSTITUTE