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The monster bowl is an open arena created through a serpentine topographical landscape; it houses spaces for competition, entertainment, and mass… Read More
The monster bowl is an open arena created through a serpentine topographical landscape; it houses spaces for competition, entertainment, and mass assembly. This landscape creates different levels of connection between variable spaces that are occupied by a range of activities that spill in from and out into the city. The monster bowl is a microcosm of the city, its people, their actions and spectacle. We achieve this by slicing, dissecting, and excavating the intersection of Logan and Kedzie Boulevard. We provide here a plateau for residents and visitors of the city to engage the fabric of the urban landscape at a human scale; allowing them to experience the connection of the boulevard to the city, both at street level and above. Kedzie Boulevard terminated at the north edge of our project, reducing the problems of pedestrian connections and traffic congestion around the site. The connection of Kedzie and Logan Boulevard is no longer allowed to serve as a traffic circle. Rather the intersection now becomes a destination. A place where the commuter can choose to park their car in exchange for a train ride into the loop, or for a place to participate in activities such as the Roller Derby, Luchador Wrestling, Ice Skating, or merely to escape their normal day to day routine and experience Logan Square as a landscape with multiple options of path and activity. The Serpentine Landscape serves as a new option for navigation around this busy intersection versus crossing at street level. The user is given a network of overlapping and intertwining paths that merge with the program to create this unified topography. The facility where the Roller Derby is housed provides a vertical circulation from the train platform of the subway to the top of the serpentine landscape. The user has the option of entering at both train and street level. Even users who do not directly attend the Roller Derby have the ability of watching the matches from the train platform as they wait to board the train. The bowl itself is at train level and a clear panel allows passer bys utilizing the CTA to enjoy the matches without needing to physically be in attendance. The train platform serves as another means of navigating through the difficult intersection. Users can choose which side of Milwaukee Avenue to both enter and exit. Each provides a different means of entering the landscape and different options of activities to participate in. The North part of the site holds the Roller Derby as previously mentioned, as well as an outdoor ice rink and underground parking for commuters as well as visitors to the site. While the serpentine landscape on its highest level acts as an elevated circulation, the voids created by this elevation serve as spaces where program is then inserted. Similar to how the roller derby serves as a vertical circulation the Luchador Wrestling Arena provides a similar context without reaching as far as the train level and stopping at the street level. The same scenario occurs in terms of the amphitheater located further along the park area where the monument stands. However this goes below street level to create a sunken level where other activities can occur while not in use. The landscape merges completely with the ground when it reaches the skate park that contours to accommodate the train as it transforms from elevated to subway. The relationship between the skate park and the train is one where the skater has the option of skating under the tracks while the train is still elevated and then also above the train as the bowl of the skate park goes as far down as the train does underground. The bowl of the skate park creates a void below street level when it arches over the train; allowing the user the ability to be both above and below the train at any given point during their run. This new park we have added to the emerald necklace creates a unique urban experience for the masses through merging different types of transportation and infrastructure that branch out to the rest of the city, while also providing spaces for assemble and competition that provide entertainment and define in new ways the potential of the Emerald Necklace and boulevard system. Read Less
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Monster Bowl
Spring Semester 2011, Professor Marshall Brown

Logan Square, Chicago, IL
Group Project with Brandon Kemp, and Sergio Magdaleno
Architecture Studio X

The monster bowl is an open arena created through aserpentine topographical landscape; it houses spaces for competition,entertainment, and mass assembly.
 
This landscape creates different levels of connectionbetween variable spaces that are occupied by a range of activities that spillin from and out into the city. The monster bowl is a microcosm of the city, itspeople, their actions and spectacle.
 
We achieve this by slicing, dissecting, and excavating theintersection of Logan and Kedzie Boulevard. We provide here a plateau forresidents and visitors of the city to engage the fabric of the urban landscapeat a human scale; allowing them to experience the connection of the boulevardto the city, both at street level and above.
 
Kedzie Boulevard terminated at the north edge of ourproject, reducing the problems of pedestrian connections and traffic congestionaround the site. The connection of Kedzie and Logan Boulevard is no longerallowed to serve as a traffic circle. Rather the intersection now becomes adestination. A place where the commuter can choose to park their car inexchange for a train ride into the loop, or for a place to participate inactivities such as the Roller Derby, Luchador Wrestling, Ice Skating, or merelyto escape their normal day to day routine and experience Logan Square as alandscape with multiple options of path and activity. The Serpentine Landscapeserves as a new option for navigation around this busy intersection versuscrossing at street level.
 
The user is given a network of overlapping and intertwiningpaths that merge with the program to create this unified topography.
 
The facility where the Roller Derby is housed provides a verticalcirculation from the train platform of the subway to the top of the serpentinelandscape. The user has the option of entering at both train and street level.Even users who do not directly attend the Roller Derby have the ability ofwatching the matches from the train platform as they wait to board the train.The bowl itself is at train level and a clear panel allows passer bys utilizingthe CTA to enjoy the matches without needing to physically be in attendance.
 
The train platform serves as another means of navigatingthrough the difficult intersection. Users can choose which side of Milwaukee Avenueto both enter and exit. Each provides a different means of entering thelandscape and different options of activities to participate in. The North partof the site holds the Roller Derby as previously mentioned, as well as anoutdoor ice rink and underground parking for commuters as well as visitors tothe site.
 
While the serpentine landscape on its highest level acts asan elevated circulation, the voids created by this elevation serve as spaceswhere program is then inserted. Similar to how the roller derby serves as avertical circulation the Luchador Wrestling Arena provides a similar contextwithout reaching as far as the train level and stopping at the street level.  The same scenario occurs in terms of theamphitheater located further along the park area where the monument stands.However this goes below street level to create a kind of sunken level whereother activities can occur while not in use.
 
The landscape merges completely with the ground when itreaches the skate park that contours to accommodate the train as it transformsfrom elevated to subway. The relationship between the skate park and the trainis one where the skater has the option of skating under the tracks while thetrain is still elevated and then also above the train as the bowl of the skatepark goes as far down as the train does underground. The bowl of the skate parkcreates a void below street level when it arches over the train; allowing theuser the ability to be both above and below the train at any given point duringtheir run.
 
 
This new park we have added to the emerald necklace createsa unique urban experience for the user - merging of different types of transportationand infrastructure that branch out to the rest of the city, while alsoproviding spaces for assembly and competition that provide entertainment and anew definition for the potential of the Emerald Necklace and boulevard system. 
Scenario Inspiration
Programmatic Circulation
Site Infrastructure
Site Identification
Site Phasing: Phase 1
Site Phasing: Phase 2
Site Phasing: Phase 3
A part of the Chicago Boulevard System - a charm on the Emerald Necklace
Underground Plan - Train Level
Street Level Plan
Site Plan -Aerial View
Site Sections
Study Models
Design Models