International architecture and engineering firm HOK recently unveiled a proposal for the Barack Obama Presidential Library and Museum located in Bronzeville, Chicago. Developed in collaboration with the President Obama Library, the Museum Campus Foundation, and over two dozen community groups, the design bid is situated in the historic Chicago neighborhood of Bronzeville in honor of Obama’s start in politics. The design highlights the area’s history as the city’s original African-American neighborhood and aims to create a space that will catalyze economic growth and investment.
Throughout the bid process, the president and first lady have received a dozen sites to choose from for the Barack Obama Presidential Library and Museum. While entries range from Honolulu to various locations in Chicago, HOK selected a historic South Side neighborhood in need of revitalization. “The Barack Obama Presidential Library represents a seed of transformation that, once planted, would have the power to revitalize this important site,” said Ruggiero. “It creates new urban spaces that will reinvigorate the local community and initiate enduring change.”
HOK’s design aims to reconnect Bronzeville’s access to Chicago’s lakefront and will create a series of additional green spaces such as an elevated park that will boast impressive views. Designed as “a model of 21st century healthy urban living, carbon neutrality and regenerative design,” the biomimetic plan offers habitat restoration, urban agriculture, and environmental research areas. If selected, the plan will work towards achieving Living Building Challenge certification.
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