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The Calumet Collaborations: Making Many Little Plans

Monday, January 26, 4:30 pm7:00 pm
The LeRoy Neiman Center, Sharp Building
37 S. Wabash Ave., 1st floor
Chicago, IL
United States

Lee Bey, Brad Hunt, Roberta Feldman, Phil Enquist, and Martin Felsen moderated by Michael Sorkin

The Calumet Collaborations is a collective project of a group of architectural schools to investigate an enormous swath of de-industrialized land on the South Side of Chicago, with a supporting ecology that spans state boundaries from Illinois to Michigan. The project includes participants from the City College of New York, Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), SAIC, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Harvard University. Using an inductive strategy based on the design of a series of highly-sustainable neighborhoods and founded on a rigorous investigation of existing environments, economies, ecologies, and social networks, the objective is to design a series of interventions—at a wide range of scales and operations—that can lead to futures for an area in search of dramatic transition.  Our aim is not simply to produce a series of plans but to invent new styles for cooperative design and a vision for the region.

Lee Bey
The Second City in the Second City: A Look at Chicago's South Side

Chicago Tonight calls Lee Bey "one of Chicago's keenest observers of architecture and urban planning." He is Associate Director of external affairs and special projects for the The University of Chicago Arts & Public Life Initiative. He is also a writer, a published architectural photographer and former deputy chief of staff for planning and design under Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley.

Bradford Hunt
Public Housing: What Went Wrong, and What Can Go Right

D. Bradford Hunt is an urban historian and the author of Blueprint for Disaster: The Unraveling of Chicago Public Housing (2009). With Jon B. DeVries, he is the co-author of Planning Chicago (2013), a look at city planning in this city since the 1950s. He currently runs Roosevelt University’s programs for working adults striving for a bachelor's degree.

Roberta Feldman
Chicago Public Housing: A Failure?

Roberta Feldman is an architectural activist, researcher, and educator committed to democratic design. Embracing participatory design and action research practices, she has sustained working relationships with community leaders in more than 50 community organizations and development corporations in Chicago's low-income neighborhoods to address their visions for shaping, revitalizing, and preserving their designed environments.  

Phil Enquist
The Southworks Steel Plant: The Next Generation

Phil Enquist leads the urban design practice for Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill globally. Located in Chicago, he has focused on inner-city redevelopment throughout the world, national, and regional planning, the rebuilding of American cities, and the next round of design related to smarter energy, water and waste systems. Getting our developed world in balance with our ecosystems is one of his major interests.

Martin Felsen
Water Enterprise Trade Zone (WET Zone)

Martin Felsen is a principal of UrbanLab, an architecture and urban design firm based in Chicago. UrbanLab is involved in projects at all scales, ranging from large, urban infrastructural plans to small, residential and recreational projects. Martin directs the Landscape + Urbanism Program at the IIT College of Architecture.

IIT Studio Collaborators:
Debra Shore, Commissioner, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District
Brent Shraiberg, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District
Ryan Wilson, Landscape Architect

This lecture was made possible by the William Bronson and Grayce Slovet Mitchell Lectureship.

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