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A runnel that directs stormwater and the stage at the Libby Elementary School learning landscape, a WRD Environmental project

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Arthur A. Libby Elementary School Learning Landscape, Chicago, IL

Client Profile

The City of Chicago Department of Housing and Economic Development, a bureau of the Chicago Department of Planning and Development (DPD), promotes economic development by helping existing businesses grow and by attracting new industry to the city. The landscape designs for this project were reviewed by Chicago Public Schools, and DPD intends to transfer ownership to Chicago Public Schools in the future.

  • Lead design workshops with Libby Elementary School teachers and students to identify goals for vacant land parcels and create learning landscapes
  • Work with Greencorps Chicago to implement the designs
Sample Results
  • Transformation of an asphalt parking lot into a Geometry Garden, where elementary school students enhance their studies of math, science and art
  • Conversion of two abandoned parcels into a nature-based playground for middle school students
  • Plans for a vacant parcel to become a community garden, with the ultimate goal of having a small farmers market-type venue there

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Blooming planter boxes at the Arthur A. Libby Elementary School learning landscape