"Urban Topography” is a cultural and community center along the Chicago River. The site, approximately 45,000 sf, is located in the Streeterville neighborhood of Chicago. The site sits at the level of the riverwalk and a level down from the adjacent streets. These change of levels directly informs the design strategy. With a series of folds, a triangulated surface becomes one continuous level connecting the street to the river. You can chose to either walk or climb your way through. “Urban Topography” is a mountain within the city.