Jefferson Park Band Shell Commons by Julia Antonoglu

Grade: 11

I picked the commoning prompt because I feel like today it is harder to connect with people on a physical level, so I think it is important to create spaces that promote that. My submission creates an oasis of nature in a space that is very urban and doesn’t have a lot of parks or landscapes, which is important to have. In its location there are a lot of apartments and housing areas, so people are more inclined to take a nice break from the inside and gather at this new park. The shell itself has skylights to add more natural light which creates a better outdoor space. There are also a lot of trees and shrubs surrounding the lot to block off the “concrete jungle” that the park is surrounded by. It’s a very versatile space; there is room for picnics, concerts, concessions, and anything the community puts their mind to!