The Green Map Project
New East Side/Streeterville
THE GREENMAP PROJECT AT THE SCHOOL OF THE ART INSTITUTE
The Greenmap Project is a Liberal Arts course offered three times a year for undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in urban issues, sustainability and map making.
Each semester a group of students choose one of Chicago’s 90+ neighborhoods that is accessible by public transportation, and proceed to locate all sites in the commercial, residential and industrial realm that promote sustainable living choices. Every single street in the neighborhood is inspected to assure record of all possible sites. Upon completion of the physical inspection of the neighborhood, students return to the classroom and design a neighborhood map.
The layout, text and visual images are designed by various groups of students working in a collaborative atmosphere. Each map has its own theme, usually based on historical perspectives of the area investigated, elements of sustainability and aesthetics of the group. Each neighborhood map is as unique as the neighborhood composition itself.
Students producing the maps are from all areas of study that the Art Institute offers, including Painting and Drawing, Art and Tech, Fiber, Film and Video, Animation, Sculpture, Visual Communication, Ceramics, Art Therapy, Fashion, Interior Architecture, Performance, Photography, Printmaking and Sound. A student can take the class more than one time for a science or social science credit.