Chicago Urban Forest
The Urban Forest Plan in the Southside of Chicago focuses on using the vacant lots for nursery tress for the city streets, fruit trees for food production, and lumber trees for furniture and building. The tree plantings are centralized around the transit nodes of the "L" train and use existing gathering spaces to expand social interaction within the community. (2012)
To determine where the our design would include programming for social spaces, we observed the existing desire path network throughout the site. By studying the site and recording interactions amongst the community we learned about the most successful opportunities for potential "social zones" opposed to tree planting groves.