There are over 11,000 vacant lots in the 15 square mile area occupied by the Englewood, West Englewood, Washington Park, and Woodlawn neighborhoods. Many of these lots are owned by the city of Chicago, and compromise over 800 acres of open land. Solar Sprout focuses on an architectural urbanism that imagines new neighborhood forms catalyzed by an existing low-density condition.
The concentrated open land along the existing transit network become lines of division; one neighborhood divided into three separate parts. Solar Sprout replants the lost connection by using the existing transit network and growing from it. The education center and solar plant are centralized around the Green Line Train, while the solar nodes are organized along the bus routes. By doing so, both of the networks work together to reconnect the three distinct residential areas to each other and to the city.