The Chicago Speakeasy

In Fall 2016, Archeworks and TU Delft co-presented the inaugural “Chicago Speakeasy” – a three-night discussion series with leading experts exploring Chicago’s past, present and future. The series captured the spirit – the geist – that inherently orders the city’s social, economic and spatial decisions. Each night featured speakers discussing the fundamental aspects that shape(d) Chicago joined by a group of Masters of Architecture students from TU Delft’s Complex Projects studying at Archeworks this semester. The engaging discussion will be made into a publication slated for completion next year.

MON, OCT 24, 6:30 – 8:30P
HISTORY, ECONOMICS & POLITICS
Intro: Kees Kaan, Chair of Complex Projects, TU Delft & KAAN Architecten
Speakers: Paul O’Connor, Director, SOM / Former Exec Dir of World Business Chicago
Brandon Fontenot Johnson, Political Economist & Jurist

TUE, OCT 25, 6:30 – 8:30P
URBAN AFFAIRS & CULTURE
Intro: Kees Kaan, Chair of Complex Projects, TU Delft & KAAN Architecten
Speakers: Todd Palmer, Executive Director of the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial
Melanie Wang, Director of Cultural Planning, DCASE, City of Chicago
Lee Bey, Chicago-based Writer, Photographer and Architectural Critic
Monica Chadha, Founder, Civic Projects

WED, OCT 26, 6:30 – 8:30P
PLANNING & FUTURE CITY
Intro: Roland Reemaa, Faculty at TU Delft
Speakers: Benet Haller, Director, Urban Design and Planning at City of Chicago
Elle Ramel, Chief of Staff, City Digital
Christopher Koziol, Writer on Chicago, Professor of Arch from Univ. of Denver
Gabrielle Lyon, VP of Education & Experiences, Chicago Architecture Foundation