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posted on 13.04.2011, 00:00 by Jenna Wolf
Architects, planners, and citizens are constantly subjected to city zoning codes and regulations. What if zoning codes where created to promote 24/7 public life, partying, diversity, density, and free “L” rides? This urban research project took the death of public life in the loop, after the workday exodus, and explored a solution through the implementation of new zoning ordinances. The ordinances, devised as a group, began to promote and mandate the construction of activities on all rooftops within the Chicago loop. What resulted was a diversity of activities that simultaneously redefined building density, population density, and the public atmosphere. The following image is the resulting looptops when Chicago zoning code becomes a nighttime party promoter.


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Entry in 2009 in The Image of Research, a competition for students in graduate or professional degree programs at UIC, sponsored by UIC's Graduate College and the University Library. Images of award recipients and honorable mention images on exhibition in the Richard J. Daley Library and the Library of the Health Sciences, April 16-May 12, 2009.

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