ACTIVATE is a series of pop-ups that bring life to unexpected spaces in the Loop. These free events give the public a chance to interact with local art, music, and performance and take part in transforming environments. Students will collaborate with the Chicago Loop Alliance to re-imagine and create one of these pop-up events.
Starting from tabula rasa, this hands-on studio questions conventions of furniture design and construction, exploring alternate materials, typologies, contexts, and production methods. Foregrounding spontaneous and ad-hoc making processes over fine craftsmanship, creative brainstorming, and sketching flow directly into making thus offering an exciting and dynamic series of experiential investigations.
This two-semester long course (Winter and Spring) engages select mid-and upper-level undergraduate and graduate students with the particular concerns and constraints of ‘real-world’ projects. Working with design influencer Sight Unseen, students will design and execute work to be exhibited in Sight Unseen Presents, an event that pairs designers with retailers, galleries, and restaurants throughout NYC as part of NY Design Week.
Go Fund Yourself! is a two-semester multidisciplinary studio course that immerses you in business practices related to your creative future. Over the year-long course, you will develop your own ideas into crowdfunding campaigns in direct partnership with advisors from Kickstarter. You will earn your own money in this class!
Inviting students to explore the unique forms of study that occur below the surface, Pedways: Chicago Underground posits alternative narratives for the Pedway and the city through research, engagement, and art and design interventions on the space of the Pedway itself.
Designer Artist Citizen Site: Exploring Belonging will create an independent exhibition that responds to, expands, and challenges the U.S. Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, “Dimensions of Citizenship,” commissioned by SAIC and UChicago.
The Domaine National de Chambord, and the office of Dominique Perrault Architect who will curate the exhibit, is inviting twenty architecture schools, worldwide, to propose a speculative vision for the monument, utilizing the concept of Utopia, which was essential at the time of its development. The School of the Art Institute of Chicago is responding to this invitation and proposes a 3 credit elective multidisiplinary summer studio.
The class researches ecological urbanism, sustainable acoustic ecology, and public engagement with local water issues in riverwalk and soundscape settings. Readings and case studies in architecture, eco sensing, and data recording reinforce field trips.
This studio introduces various techniques that will allow the articulation of ideas to be foregrounded. A comprehensive reading list of literature and film texts will be read and screened throughout the class alongside studio practice. Students will progress from research methods, 2D sketching and mapping, to exploring the use of physical models and time-based media; such as film and animation.
Through presentations, discussions, and exercises, this studio-seminar will introduce methods to understand the functions of things, their relationship with users, and how to develop and create an interface that not only improves the usability, but can be seamlessly integrated with and enhance the design and experience of an object.
This multidisciplinary studio builds upon previous analysis of housing developments in North Lawndale, including some in historic districts, and newly proposed strategies for the production of affordable housing in underserved neighborhoods, to collaborate with community organizations, schools, and businesses on a supportive housing program.
Students in "Reimagining Smart Interactions with Communities" will work through their practices to create interventions at street intersections around Chicago.
Riverworks Chicago is an interactive transient sound mapping and community engagement series of classes that reimagines and visualizes the sustainable world above and beneath the surface of the Chicago River.
This course is for students in art and design interested in understanding the process in which affordable housing is delivered in the US and in Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood, in particular. This course will analyze several housing developments in North Lawndale and propose new strategies for the production of affordable housing in under-served neighborhoods, taking advantage of local resources and collaboration with community organizations, schools, and businesses.
Minifacture is a course designed for students who are interested in exploring the possibilities of a career as an independent designer who produces and distributes their own work. Recent developments including digital fabrication and online platforms have enabled independent designers to viably enter the marketplace with their own product offerings.
This is an interdisciplinary studio about 'the future of the city,' in which we will use multimedia techniques to imagine new kinds of urban experience that arise from the collision of culture and emerging automation, computation and media technologies.
This studio explored mapping and diagramming as interdependent techniques. With an emphasis on representing spatial relationships as products of political, economic, or cultural constraints and interests, and vice-versa, the visual representation of locales and their associated narratives was taught as an act of intentional abstraction.
This hands-on course creates a scaffold for decision making in the furniture design process. Through exercises that build physical knowledge and capabilities in the studio, students develop the confidence to utilize hand and power tools to iterate through tangible protoypes.
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Loop Post Office in Chicago provides an exemplary building for the study of skins in architecture. The building skin becomes a surface opened to investigations through the various strategies of material, perception, temporal and programmatic thickenings.
Today, creating a readily multipliable form of brand identity ranks high on the list of the client’s goals and their desire for effective messaging. Contemporary issues of urban sprawl, environmental concerns, speed of communication and effectiveness of high-performance work ground the subject of the semester’s design studio.
The studio/seminar advocates for the emergence and the mobility of research in design. Our goal is not to merely amass results, but rather, with the aid of results to demonstrate how design research can adapt itself to new procedures
Students enrolled in the seminar will work between digital and physical models and will be familiarized with various rendering softwares, 3D scanning technologies, and VR systems. We will use these tools to develop projects and interventions that address issues of surface, image, perception, and materiality and that highlight the seams of our constructed reality.
This interdisciplinary course will address and highlight North Lawndale's current inititiatives and celebratory events. It will build upon the analysis of previous SAIC actions in North Lawndale, and propose, collaboratively with community organizations, a method for sustained development and trust.
Design for Nonhuman Kinds is a course series that asks students to think “outside the human,” by decentering human perception and subjectivity in favor of animal thinking. This semester will challenge students to design and build cognitive tools that enrich the lives of elephants in captivity.
This is an experimental, transdisciplinary class. Students will develop objects and spaces while working with 2D and 3D materials, digital and physical. The formats will range from props, scripts, costumes, and video, amongst others.
Each week the class goes to at least one lecture or exhibit, which gives us the chance to actively take part in Chicago’s design arts discourse. Most VAP lectures are attended, as they occur during class time. Before each lecture we read about the person and ideas, at the event we listen, and after the event we critique and write.