Sep 21st 2016

Bronzeville Partnership Featured

ABC-7 and DNA Info featured IIT Architecture students' design of Bronzeville's new TURN Center, a community outreach center that was the focus of a recent IIT Architecture studio.

In Spring 2016, Prof. Eva Kultermann, IIT College of Architecture, has led a studio to design the build-out of 4522-326 South Cottage Grove, the future home of The Bronzeville Dream Center. The Bronzeville Dream Center, established by Bright Star Church, will provide a new approach to combat violence, counseling, mentoring, and support to avert conflict. 

In May, the winning student design was chosen from among three finalists:

Pinch Project
by Katherine (Kaisa) Kimel, Ernesto (Ernie) Zuniga

IIT Architecture Chicago, located in Bronzeville, is uniquely positioned to design a space that helps the organizers offer their services to the community in a healthy, effective, productive environment. Kultermann's studio will offer a complete survey of the site, of the organization's goals (organizational, image, functional and economic) and will then work in teams to offer design solutions. The designs will be presented to the Bronzeville Dream Center leadership who will then decide which of the designs best meets the needs of the community. IIT Architecture is committed to making a difference in our shared neighborhood of Bronzeville and promoting an enduring partnership that offers solutions to violence in our community.

IIT Architecture Chicago announced a five-year commitment to the Bronzeville Dream Center during a fundraiser in January 2016. IIT Architecture Chicago will also be providing scholarships for two Bronzeville high school students to attend IIT Architecture's "Experiment in Architecture," a summer program designed to introduce high school sophomores and juniors to the profession of architecture.