Building // Parallels 


“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.”
― Jane JacobsThe Death and Life of Great American Cities

By Rachael LaPanne

Building//Parallels looks at the urban development and planning of cities as a reflection of society and its main ideals. The project focuses on the diverse building structures and its deliberately open spaces as a way to facilitate the growth of democracy. The project took flight after this student took a trip to Chicago for Alternative Spring Break, a program where students go on trips across the country and in exchange, partner with local community service projects in the area as a way to give back.

Chicago’s buildings and city skyline is famous for its unique look and different-style buildings, and takes great pride in the history of the city. The city of Chicago learned a lot from its previous mistakes before the great fire, but has since then made sure to preserve the history that it does have for the future. By focusing on the buildings of the city, this project aims to explore why and how no two people are the same in cities and how everyone can have different experiences because of the freedom that comes with living in a large, open space.

Cities are often democratic politically as well as spiritually, and Chicago is no different. Building // Parallels aims to give insight about the buildings, the urban lifestyle, as well as the history of the city which has shaped the unique culture that lives in and around the beautiful city of Chicago.

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