1201 east 60th St, Chicago, IL 60637
University of Chicago
Higher Education, Institutional
Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Terra Engineering
The David Rubenstein Forum at the University of Chicago is a space of discourse and intellectual exchange aimed at fostering the outward engagement of visiting scholars and dignitaries from around the world. Working with Diller Scofidio + Renfro, site is provided landscape architecture and urban design services for the Forum. The site complements the building through flexible, multi-use outdoor rooms that include multiple seating, gathering, and garden spaces. A formalized bosque at the south side of the building creates a unique destination along the Campus South Walk, while the north side of the garden is defined by informal shade gardens that are focused on providing unique textural plantings adjacent to the ground floor café. On the rooftop, a Zen Garden provides a peaceful viewpoint for building users.