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SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION

2016-2017 PARTNER: THE NATIONAL PUBLIC HOUSING MUSEUM

The National Public Housing Museum (NPHM) is a place of stories that mine the vastly complex history of public and publicly subsidized housing in America. Archeworks partnered with the NPHM to explore the social, psychological and emotional dimensions of public housing and related issues concerning urban disinvestment, housing and social justice. Working with objects and space, place and policy, and collaborating with public housing residents, the Archeworks team designed tools to connect people, foster conversations and generate awareness about the legacy of public housing and housing insecurity. The project will contribute to NPHM’s collections and exhibitions, and will be showcased in the Museum’s preview phase opening during the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial. Proposals included:

COMMON GROUND
Board game that aims to foster a deeper understanding of housing insecurity by using play as a didactic tool for social empathy.

HANGOUT
Program-based activation through a series of events to feature the experiences and values of public housing residents through art, and facilitate the expansion of local social networks.

#ADDRESSHOME
Awareness campaign that draws attention to the serious challenges of housing insecurity in Chicago and provides tools for action and education.

KEY INSTALLATION
Participatory art installation that draws people together, humanizing the abstract idea of public housing, bringing a diverse audience to the NPHM, and changing the perspectives of those engaged.

BENCH/CHAIR PROJECT
Mobile seating designed to cross boundaries, challenge misconceptions, and foster conversations about housing in a segregated city.

GUIDE FOR ENTREPRENEURS
Framework to help design and grow the NPHM business accelerator, with a focus on empowering entrepreneurs to be both experts and learners.

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Social Construction was led by Paola Aguirre, Natasha Krol and Monica Chadha.

Guest experts include:

GEORGE AYE
Co-Founder and Principal Greater Good Studio

ISIS FERGUSON, cultural worker, social justice activist
Associate Director, City and Community Strategy, Place Lab, Unv. of Chicago

JOYCE FERNANDES, cultural worker, educator, visual artist
Executive Director, Archi-treasures

PETER LANDON, architect, educator
Founder and Principal, Landon Bone Baker Architects

LA KEISHA LEEK
Independent curator, project manager, writer

POOJA MERAI
Strategy Lead, gravitytank, Lecturer, IIT Institute of Design

TODD PALMER, curator, educator, social justice advocate
Associate Director, National Public Housing Museum

ADAM ROSA, urban planner, city vanguard
Principal, Camiros, Ltd.

RICK VALICENTI, communications designer, visual artist, cultural activist
Founder, Design Director, Thirst/3st

TRICIA VAN ECK, curator, editor, cultural producer
Founder and Artistic Director, 6018|North

AMY GUTERMAN
Designer, gravitytank

MARIA BERGH, community builder, designer, storyteller
Freelance designer and facilitator

CHARLIE BARLOW, educator, geographer, investigator
Lecturer in Public Policy and Geography & Co-investigator,
The University of Chicago

ELIZABETH RAMACCIA, innovator, strategist, community builder
Co-founder, Why We Work Here

TYLER BROWN, architectural designer
Senior Associate, Landon Bone Baker Architects

AUDREY PETTY, writer, author, educator
Coordinator for the Odyssey Project/South Side
Faculty for the Prison + Neighborhood Arts Project

RICHARD CAHAN, photographer

MARIA GASPAR, visual artist, educator, curator
Founder and Artistic Director, Parallel Practices, 96 Acres Projects

TEMPESTT HAZEL, curator, writer, artist advocate
Founding Editor, Sixty Inches from Center, Chicago-based online arts magazine

NORMAN TEAGUE, designer, artist, educator
University of Chicago, Arts Incubator Hyde Park
 

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