As part of the planning for the 2015 ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO being held in Chicago in November 2015, the Illinois Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ILASLA), in partnership with the ACE Mentor Program and Chicago Public Schools (CPS), is in the early stages of designing a plaza at Curie Metro High School. The Curie Courtyard Project will include the design of an underutilized space for students on the south west side school of Chicago. The Curie Courtyard was selected because it presents a unique opportunity for both Curie and ACE Mentorship students to collaborate together and develop design solutions for a challenging space that is visible to over 3,000 students and administrators daily.
The Curie Courtyard Project will give students of the ACE Mentorship Program the chance to give back to the school that has hosted past design workshops and events for their other projects over the years. ILASLA volunteers will hold multiple design charrettes, coordinate the efforts of volunteering partners throughout the City, and educate the students about the landscape architecture process, from concept development through installation.