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Crown Hall Field South
Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois

The Crown Hall Field South is one of the main open spaces of the historic Mies van der Rohe campus and was chosen by IIT to be one of the first implementation projects of its recent Landscape Master Plan. In collaboration with Chandra Goldsmith Landscape Architect, our intent for the public space was to create a special, honorific, and welcoming landscape that marks the center of the growing College of Architecture. The new Field uses plant-life to create spaces between the architecture school's primary buildings and encourages the exchange of ideas in an environment that brings faculty, students and staff together. The planting plan and palette – conceptualized by Mies’ landscape architect, Alfred Caldwell -- are in the prairie style, which naturally complements the campus grid and the spare geometry of the buildings.