820 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL.
Carey Lundin, Chicago Public Art Group, Columbia College of Chicago, and Tom Rossiter
In 2015, we celebrated our 25th anniversary – a milestone that was marked by a number of celebratory, educational, and outreach efforts that were aimed at raising awareness of the profession of landscape architecture. Alongside the Chicago Architecture Biennial and the American Society of Landscape Architects Annual Meeting, site design group, ltd. hosted a two-week long collaborative Popup gallery, entitled: TAKE IT OUTSIDE. The Popup was a public educational and interactive gallery that sought to bring attention to the value and meaning of exterior environments and design interventions that connect people to the outdoors, such as nature play gardens, parks and open spaces, restored natural areas, and public art. In addition to the indoor gallery, the popup included a sidewalk “parklet” adjacent to the building entrance to provide a place to linger, gather, and reflect.