2nd Place | Perspective Tower by Owen Somers

Grade: 11th

This project reimagines spaces in neighborhoods by creating an elevated space that would otherwise be flat. This is done so as to create a public space that gives anybody the ability to get a bird’s eye perspective of their community.

Chicago and its neighborhoods are built on relatively flat grounds with little to no change in elevation. This means most residents only ever get to see their neighborhoods through the lens of a street view or their windows. If this proposed project was implemented, members of any given community could easily go to these elevated spaces and get a wider perspective of their neighborhoods. Because of this, residents are given the chance to more easily visualize their communities and reimagine their place in it.