Spring 2018 – 497-225: Designing the Community of the Future

Meeting Day/Time
Thursdays from 10:00 am to 12:40 pm
Digibilt and StreetScape USA, LLC
Edoarda Corradi Dell Acqua (Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering) (ecorradi@iit.edu)
Appropriate Majors
Architectural Engineering, Architecture, Business, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Digital Humanities, Information Technology & Management, Psychology
Technological Innovation

This research project aims to explore the design and planning of future communities. Tradition is an important element in the design of a community, but things are changing in the way we live and interact today due to technological development and digital services. Today we are balancing our lives between the digital and the physical worlds: working and studying remotely is increasingly common, online shopping and online shopping platforms have experienced a rapid growth in the past years, and human interaction often happens virtually.

In addition to these changing social patterns, increasing environmental concerns, such as climate change, are leading towards energy efficiency and environmentally conscious designs.

This project encourages students to re-think the design of urban communities in light of these social and environmental changes. The research aims to design a neighborhood that is able to accommodate today’s living and environmental needs finding a new balance between digital and physical and between natural and urban. The goal is to design a community for multi-generational living that embraces innovation, technology, and sustainability while maintaining traditional values.

This IPRO project will rely on an interdisciplinary approach to the problem, which encompasses several fields of study, including urban planning, architecture, architectural engineering, civil and environmental engineering, computer science, information technology and management, and business/economics.

The Project site is located in the heart of downtown Geneva, IL, an iconic suburban town located along a commuter train line connected to downtown Chicago. The community has a vibrant downtown experience that features historic buildings, multiple boutique shops, services, restaurants and entertainment venues.

The three-acre development site is considered an “infill” project and is located adjacent to a variety of uses including retail, commercial, industrial, and residential. The new community, CETRON Place, is named after the business that once operated on the site and that had an important presence in Geneva. The name of the company was Cetron Electronics and they produced vacuum tubes for radios and televisions.

This $30 million development project will feature a mix of uses including:

  • Retail – 4,800 SF – the program should include a restaurant
  • Apartments – 12 units located above the retail space
  • Single Family Homes – 16 homes situated around several landscaped courtyards
  • Town Homes – 8 town homes facing a courtyard. There will be an additional 19 town homes  located on the Northwest corner of the site.

The land is under contract and the developer has received concept approval from the City of Geneva. The design, zoning approval and permitting process is expected to be complete by the end of March, 2018. Ground breaking is scheduled for April 1, 2018, which will include site work, construction of the retail/apartment building and building a model home. In advance of that date, demolition of an existing office building and a single-family home will occur to make the site ready for the new development.

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