Chicago Paddle Company

Chicago Paddle Company

Boards in a Box
In its inaugural season at Kathy Osterman Beach in Chicago, the Chicago Paddle Company needed an efficient and affordable way to launch a park district-approved rental and storage station. With YOLO (You Only Live Once) branded boards and sentiment, the Paddle project highlights the adventurous paddle boarder lifestyle and builds awareness of this fast-growing watersport. Container architecture became the resilient, recycled, and recyclable seasonal solution for transforming a bleak stretch of beach into a hub of paddleboarding, family fun, and fitness. 

Solar Charging Canopies

Solar Charging Canopies

Sharing Energy
Car-sharing is transformed in this design of connected nodes of community engagement, where interactive solar-powered electric vehicle charging canopies beckon as vibrant public space.

GreenSCAPES Environmental Education

GreenSCAPES Environmental Education

Through art, children and families can make informed choices that help care and shape our earth.
~ Sharon Exley

GreenSCAPES:  Where Informed Choices Shape the Earth
Within Young At Art Museum’s landscape, the GreenSCAPES gallery, STEAM-based workshops and party room focus on arts-based environmental education. Calling attention to nature’s fragility and how to live lightly on our earth, GreenSCAPES is filled with art-making and responsible decision-making experiences. In hands-on ways, young artists create their own caring relationship with the environment that surrounds them.

Chicago Children’s Museum:  Stinking Truth About Garbage

Chicago Children’s Museum: Stinking Truth About Garbage

The Stinking Truth About Garbage greets children and visitors with an educational and engaging exploration into environmental issues. Located in a prominent location, the exhibition is a colorful, simulated landfill. Via stimulating imagery and interactive elements, this environment teaches visitors about problems associated with disposal of solid waste, and introduces practical solutions that can be studied within the exhibit and practiced at home.

The Grow Project

The Grow Project

The Windfree Energy Initiative is an outstanding example of how public-private partnerships can work together to inspire our youth and make our city a better place to live, work and raise families. I commend Doug Snower and Charles Shenk of Windfree, Sharon and Peter Exley of Architecture Is Fun, and Principal Vinita Scott for their leadership and commitment to education.
~ Mayor Richard M. Daley, Mayor of Chicago.

 

Texas A&M Math and Science Education Center

Outdoor STEM-Based Laboratories
This learning facility houses informal, imaginative, and open-ended science and math labs for teacher training that is a departure from formal educational centers of its kind.