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January 2017

Mid-Year Design Review

January 24 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Archeworks,
625 N. Kingsbury
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Participants in our Postgraduate Certificate in Public Interest Design program share work in progress on Social Construction, a year-long project in partnership with the National Public Housing Museum critically exploring public housing and the broader systems, policies, biases, and histories of housing insecurity, structural racism, income disparities, and community. This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. RSVP required.

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February 2017

City of Ideas: Architects’ Voices and Visions

February 1 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Chicago Design Museum,
108 N State St 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60602 United States
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The complexity of the contemporary city requires architects and designers to discover and define new methods, tactics, tools and approaches to projects. Andrew Balster’s lecture - Disruptive Intent - will focus on hybrid forms of design education and practice, along with current projects at Archeworks. ChiDM Presents is an event series within City of Ideas: Architects' Voices and Visions. All events are free and open to the public, and held at the Chicago Design Museum on the 3rd floor of Block 37. RSVP on Facebook

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SEGD: Off the Grid Conference

February 23 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Unnamed Venue,
Wellington, New Zealand
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Andrew Balster is Keynote speaker at Off the Grid Conference in Wellington, New Zealand Andrew Balster is a Chicago-based leader operating in the fields of architecture, urbanism, public policy, sociology, and academia and executive director of Archeworks. Working closely with influential leaders in the public and private sector, ranging from architects and planners to government officials and social activists, he creates research platforms with universities to explore many forms of cultural production. In practice, Andrew has worked on projects that are broad in typology and scale – ranging from small civic centers to super-tall towers to entire urban districts.

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March 2017

IN Chicago : Speakeasy 02, March 22–23

March 22 - March 23
Archeworks,
625 N. Kingsbury
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In spring 2017, MSc2 students from TU Delft, will move to Chicago for their Architecture & Urbanism studio, led by professor Kees Kaan, tutored by Andrew Balster and Roland Reemaa. TU Delft’s Chair of Complex Projects and Archeworks are excited to announce the second installment of the “Chicago Speakeasy". The two-night series focuses on discussing the past, present and future of Chicago, taking place on Wed, March 22 & Thur, March 23. ** Please note the event is invite only, but transcripts of the conversation will be made available to the public. ** Theme Land as a spatial territory has been the literal grounds for the American justification of liberty, democracy and individuality yet might have created one of the most polarized societies in wealth, injustice and unbalanced growth. How is a city being built, by whom and for whom? Through collective and individual research, fieldwork, documentation, experience, experimentation and proposals we seek to find 'the geist' of Chicago, its agents and motives of current era and its future scenarios. Where lies here the role of space, what is a rightful project and thus the position of an architect? The studio will question the notion of ownership – the relationship between property and owner; the distinction between private, personal and public property; the rights and duties of an individual, collective and state; the resources, collaborations and exchange that come with it; the possibilities and responsibilities that come with belongings. Context From the ideals of the continental territorial Land Ordinance to revivalist Federal Style urban plans, from instant suburban Levittowns to Broadacre City utopias — the US has always created unprecedented spatial paradigms that have shaped societies and their habitats within and beyond its own borders. The seemingly endless land of opportunities offered unlimited expansion and testing grounds with Chicago being one of the central hubs of resources, entrepreneurs, workforce and infrastructure. We question if productivity, corruption and greed have been the image of Chicago since it founding from 1833? Together with its center and hinterland the Illinois region introduced numerous modern day technical and intellectual devices to handle its vast expansion: the grid, the railway, the masterplan, mail-order catalogues, meat packing etc. That very eager and adamance has created a historically, financially and architecturally unique city of which its citizens could proudly relate to. This unshakeable growth has nevertheless taken place in hand with segregation, nepotism and corruption — the Windy City as they call it, that which also has become the image and culture of a place. Within the context of economical decline of the Midwest region, Chicago is facing issues and also chances in order find its goals to follow in the globally driven present.

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April 2017

Archeworks + Impact Design Hub Launch Party

April 5 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Kimball Office,
325 N Wells Ste 100
Chicago, IL United States
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Archeworks is thrilled to announce a new partnership with the Autodesk Foundation, which will bring a premier outlet for design journalism to Chicago. Impact Design Hub, an online resource for designing a better world, will now be curated and managed by Archeworks. This launch event will bring luminaries of social impact design together in Chicago and will be co-hosted by DIRTT and Kimball Office. + Hear from John Cary, author and TED Prize Strategist discuss dignity and design + Enjoy a short discussion between Impact Design Hub, Autodesk Foundation, and UC-Berkeley about the role IDH can play in mobilizing design for the service of society + Networking, Food/Drinks, Activities, Discussion $35 Buy Tickets

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May 2017

Archeworks Year-End Design Review

May 31 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Archeworks,
625 N. Kingsbury
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Participants in our Postgraduate Certificate in Public Interest Design program present work on SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION, a year-long design initiative exploring the social, psychological and emotional dimensions of public housing and related issues concerning urban disinvestment, housing insecurity and social injustice. The project is a partnership with the National Public Housing Museum (NPHM). This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. RSVP required.

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June 2017

City Open Workshop

June 5 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Archeworks,
625 N. Kingsbury
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CITY OPEN Workshop is hands-on bi-weekly meet up to share, learn and contribute to projects connecting city design and public policy. Join us for this beta-test workshop series and collaborate among colleagues from urban design and planning, architecture, infrastructure, sustainability, and related fields of practice both from public and private organizations that are enthusiastic about creating and supporting civic projects. Bring your skills and experience to the workshop— teach something, learn something, create something while connecting with civic-minded young professionals. Learn more and register here.

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Creative Grounds: Beta Test Overton

June 26 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Anthony Overton School,
221 East 49th Street
Chicago, IL 60615 United States
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Creative Grounds and The Night Gallery are collaborating to bring life after dark to this former Chicago Public School in Bronzeville (Chicago): Anthony Overton. Join us for this beta-test of a night out with neighbors and visitors to learn about this building designed by Perkins and Will (1963), stories from the school site, and its future redevelopment led by the Greater Southwest Devevelopment Corportation, as well as to enjoy this large scale projection featuring original content featured at The Night Gallery in Bridgeport during the last couple of months. RSVP Here

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August 2017

Archeworks Agendas 02

August 24 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Archeworks,
625 N. Kingsbury
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Archeworks Agendas 02 is a platform for emerging leaders, change-makers and critical thinkers to share ideas and projects that inspire change in Chicago and beyond.  The event will highlight work that challenges convention, approaches dilemmas, and/or defines new tools and methods. Presentations will be limited to 10-minutes followed by a moderated discussion. The event will culminate with a reception and opportunity to meet others with shared interests. This event is free and open to the public. RSVP required.

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October 2017

Design for Good : Chicago Book Launch

October 11 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Archeworks,
625 N. Kingsbury
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Join Archeworks and Humanscale + Bernhardt for the Chicago launch of Design for Good: A New Era of Architecture for Everyone—author John Cary’s new book, focused on the dignifying power of design. RSVP required Wed, October 11, 2017 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM CDT IMAGE CREDIT The Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership by Studio Gang and Kalamazoo College in Michigan. (Photo by Iwan Baan)

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