Pablo’s Magical Theater: Now Showing at Young At Art Museum

Pablo’s Magical Theater: Now Showing at Young At Art Museum

Within the Young At Art Museum, the GreenScapes Gallery teaches young artists to be change agents. Artist Pablo Cano serves as the inspiration and catalyst for recycled art making in two related spaces: Pablo’s Magical Marionette Theater and Pablo’s STEAM Recycled Workshop. Within the grotto-like theater, children, students and families watch fascinating detailed films of Pablo’s creative process, his ability to transform found and discarded objects into mesmerizing puppets, and a series of classic tales, showcasing Pablo’s puppets found on display.

Garden In A City: Children’s Midway

Garden In A City: Children’s Midway

A Pathway of Hands-on Gardening That Grows On Families
Garden in a City is America’s first garden and landscape design show focusing on urban horticulture. The inaugural season of this in-ground show featured a Children’s Midway where children and families found engaging and educational interactives that relate to the greening of our urban community.

DuPage Children’s Museum

DuPage Children’s Museum

Having fun should be a given for a project as playful and stimulating as the creation of a children’s museum. Our renovation process presented challenges that were addressed collaboratively, creatively, and with quirky good humor. It’s easy for an architectural firm to tell you that they work collaboratively but with this team, the collaborative process was a reality.
~ Susan Broad, Executive Director, DuPage Children’s Museum

A Force of Nature: The Life and Work of Jens Jensen

A Force of Nature: The Life and Work of Jens Jensen

This City of Chicago installation brought to light the contributions of the pioneering Prairie landscape architect Jens Jensen.

Roxaboxen: Building Landscapes of Learning

Roxaboxen: Building Landscapes of Learning

Alice McLerran’s story Roxaboxen, captures childhood in a way we all seem to remember. The long endless hours of play, the ability to shape your own world, and a place where imagination can take you anywhere. The evocative imagery by Barbara Cooney captures these moments exquisitely. Roxaboxen children are children everywhere.

Evanston Public Library:  Teen Loft

Evanston Public Library: Teen Loft

Carving Out Room and Resource For Teens
Wow. This is the first time I’ve been in here and I love it! It’s so teenagerish. I really wish my room looked like this!  You’re kidding, teens helped design this?!  I didn’t know cool stuff like that went on.
~ Evanston High School Senior

Granger Community Church

Granger Community Church

We had faith in your abilities to deliver world-class facilities. The end result is stunning.
~ Tim Stevens, Executive Pastor

Purposeful Play Environments
This children’s facility is mission-driven, in both focus and design, fostering purposeful play by using biblical teachings as its foundation.

Exploration Station

Exploration Station

Exploratory Vista
Exploration Station is a 10,000 SF museum inspired by the vision and spirit of this young institution and by the agrarian context of which it is a part. The ad-hoc collection of interconnected barn structures recalls the image of the Mid-Western farm but, through unexpected color combinations, whimsical windows, and a series of other details, it is clearly a container for play and learning. This impression is essential in order that the building be embraced by its community and identifiable to children.

City of Chicago Ogden Park & Regional Playground

City of Chicago Ogden Park & Regional Playground

Nurturing a Sense of Community Pride
Ogden Park opened to the public in 1905, as an innovative site providing relief from tenement living that sparked the development of other social properties across the country. One hundred years later, the family-centric design reconnects the park to its changing community, encourages visitation and enriches the Olmsted Brothers and Burnham’s original social program.

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.