Chicagoisms

Co-organizer and exhibition designer of Chicagoisms at the Art Institute of Chicago, Kurokawa Gallery, April 24, 2014 – January 4, 2015. Co-organized and curated by architectural theorist Alexander Eisenschmidt and art historian Jonathan Mekinda. The exhibition revisits the characteristics, attitudes, and mentalities of the Chicago's past, mining the city's history to define principles of architectural action and urban engagement: Vision Shapes History, Optimism Trumps Planning, Ambition Overcomes Nature, Technology Makes Spectacle, and Crisis Provokes Innovation. These Chicagoisms are also deployed here as springboards for new experiments as local and international teams of architects conceived visions inspired by the city that project as models from an array of historical imagery, together constructing a panorama of alternative urban worlds. The exhibition comprises 120 historic photographs, nine contemporary models, and five principles of architectural action and urban engagement. With contributions by Bureau Spectacular, DOGMA, MVRDV, ORG, PORT, Sam Jacob Studio, Sean Lally/Weathers, UrbanLab, and WW.

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