The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation has awarded funding to Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives, Inc. (CNI), to oversee an open design competition to engage the best and brightest Chicago architects for the planning and design of a creative space in Chicago’s Pullman community for artists to live, work, gather and share ideas. Pullman Artspace is being developed in partnership with PullmanArts, a group of neighborhood artists committed to the revitalization of Pullman; and Artspace Inc., the Nation’s leading non-profit developer of mixed-use artist housing.
The overall goal of the design competition is to engage an architect that can design an iconic structure that will help anchor the proposed Pullman National Park and meet the following criteria:
1) Honor the history and character of Pullman, a City, State and National Landmark Community;
2) Attract artists from outside the community to take up residence in the new structure;
3) Create a space that spurs creativity amongst residents and visitors
4) Integrate the building(s) into the built and human fabric of the community
The competition will begin January 23, 2015 with a Request for Qualifications to Chicago architects (or architectural teams) that will prioritize past experience with multi-family tax-credit-financed housing, a commitment to sustainable architecture, and experience in designing new buildings that reinforce historic context.
Responses to the RFQ are due February 9, 2015.
A copy of the RFQ and supplemental information is available for download below.