PRAIRIE CROSSING, Grayslake, IL
STUDIO 1032 developed three new phases of town planning working with the Prairie Crossing Conservancy, ecologists, environmentalists, developers, realtors, zoning boards and homeowners. We collaborated in planning for a commercial, retail and public transportation center establishing the viability for an ecological development that respects the landscape, protects the environment, builds community, conserves energy, establishes investment potential, and engenders lifelong learning.
Starting with an historic journal of past proposals for the land, we proposed three new phases:
Historic Hedgerow of homes
Prairie Crossing Town Center of increased density and mixed use, Station Center joining new commercial, housing, and services with transit lines to downtown Chicago, O’Hare airport and Lake County sites.
STUDIO 1032 facilitated a regional design charrette inviting thirty local architects to develop new housing prototypes. Working with Skidmore Owings and Merrill, Chicago, we created Design Guidelines and assisted realtors, developers and prospective home owners in evaluating the proposals.
STUDIO 1032 presented five regional production home prototypes relating prairie views to the open plan, horizontal grounding, and detail articulation of Arts and Crafts, Bungalow, Farmhouse, and Prairie School vernaculars. The Brooks, the Bradford and the Prairie House have been built.
STUDIO 1032 continued to provided architecture, planning and design services for the community at Prairie Crossing including adaptive re-use of existing farm architecture, proposed office buildings, promotional illustrations, website design, and construction document review of existing housing prototypes.
STUDIO 1032 Memorial Turnbull Firepit was completed in 2004.