ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN + URBANISM
FIRST FOLLOWERS LEARNING LAB

First Followers Learning Lab

FIRST FOLLOWERS LEARNING LAB

FIRST FOLLOWERS LEARNING LAB

Champaign, Illinois | 2017-

Aneesha Dharwadker, Conor O’Shea

FirstFollowers is a non-profit based in Champaign, IL, that supports young people with re-entry into their communities after incarceration.

In 2017, a community member donated a home to the organization. The Learning Lab is a renovation of that home into a shared neighborhood asset, using design-build principles to teach carpentry, residential construction, and landscape skills to young Scholars in the program.

Construction began in January 2018 and is ongoing. Our role has been to provide design concept ideas, facilitate tutorials and charrettes, and frame landscape interventions as flexible and evolving throughout the seasons.

Photos: Aneesha Dharwadker

 The donated home before renovations, Fall 2017

The donated home before renovations, Fall 2017

 Proposed site plan

Proposed site plan

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 Design charrette and construction photos, Spring 2018

Design charrette and construction photos, Spring 2018

 Construction progress, Summer 2018

Construction progress, Summer 2018