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posted on 2019-07-30, 00:00 authored by Maged Guerguis
The WallCity project addresses the issue of contemporary public space through the development of a complex program on an urban site in Chicago. My proposed design is for a 1,000,000 square feet museum building with a third of the space dedicated to cultural (museum, gallery, museum offices, art school offices), a third to making (art school, artist studios), and a third to living (guest artist apartments, student dormitories, cafes, bars, shops, student center, recreation spaces). The project investigates the idea of a wall as an envelope for an urban context. The main concept of the project is driven from the size of the program with all of its components creating a micro city within the city. By peeling an actual strip from the city of Chicago and wrapping it around itself, the streets form a massive wall that inhales the city blocks.


This exhibit competition is organized by the University of Illinois at Chicago Graduate College and the University Library.


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Architecture; Finalist; Copyright 2012, Maged Guerguis. Used with permission. For more information, contact the Graduate College at


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