Monday, May 31, 2010

UrbanFAB [Workshops]

I wanted to share a really interesting project that I will be collaborating on this summer as a facilitator. There are still a few student slots available.

UrbanBuddy[workshops] and the Live architecture Network are collaborating to organize a series of cost-effective design workshops for participants and other interested parties, held in locations around the globe each year. Participants in urbanFAB [workshop] 2010 will travel to either, Barcelona, Chicago, or New York City to simultaneously research and explore our unique definition of urban fabrication. The UrbanFAB [workshop] will reveal global urban systems while fully exploring the local phenomena that are distinctly Spanish and American.

Urban systems are being redefined by new digital design and fabrication tools; how do our cities, and their dynamic and informal character, inform these new models of design? The urbanFAB [workshop] will focus on the complex urban systems that support the everyday life of millions of residents, all-the-while reflecting their distinct urban culture.

urbanFAB [workshop] will engage in a close-up examination of the existing urban factors that drive new models of digital design and fabrication. These factors include physical, social and climatic influences (among others), but most importantly you’ll be observing what makes your city unique in global systematic design, both natural and human produced. The urbanFAB [workshop] is a unique look at the interface between the built form infrastructures and the physical & social systems of our urban environment.

More Information from Urban Buddy

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Infrastructures for Change Symposium 2010 - June 3rd

This second installment of the Infrastructures for Change Symposium focuses on the Chicago and Great Lakes Region. From the website, the symposium:
will focus on the design and planning of the next 100 years of Chicago, Lake Michigan, and the built urban environment within the Great Lakes Basin. Infrastructures for Change will initiate a new blueprint for action toward imagining and inventing a 21st Century Great Lakes Model for global city building.
The program begins at 8:30 am on June 3rd at the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning with introductions followed by an opening keynote by Cameron Davis, J.D., Senoir Advisor to the US EPA Administrator. More information on Archeworks' website.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

2010 Architecture for Change Summit

From the organizers:

Register now for the Architecture for Change Summit:

Join architects, developers and affordable housing activists on September 22-24, 2010 in Chicago to address the affordable housing crisis.

Affirm the ways design matters in the affordable housing crisis; Hear about the dedicated work of nationally recognized affordable housing design advocates; Understand how conventional housing development practices and policies impede affordable, appropriate and sustainable housing design; and Mobilize support for meaningful and inclusive change in these practices and policies.
Design Corps Founder and Executive Director and 2010-2011 Loeb Fellow Bryan Bell is confirmed and will be presenting information on his SEED program. See you there.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Resource Center Fundraiser

From Resource Center:

Only a few days remain to register for the Resource Center's annual spring cocktail party, ReCreate 2010!

Please join us in celebrating the work of the Resource Center while meeting new and old friends. Register at today!

ReCreate 2010
***Friday, May 21st, 5:30-8:30 p.m.***
625 North Kingsbury Street
Chicago, IL 60654
(convenient public transit access;
valet parking available 1/4 block east at Reza's for $9)

Please note: The evening will include a very brief special meeting of Resource Center members. Members will be asked to consider amended Resource Center bylaws, a draft of which is available on our website.

Check out the wonderful new video piece about City Farm, courtesy of our friend Christine Malone

If you can't attend, please consider a donation to support the Resource Center

Resource Center was recently named as the recipient of the Green Neighbor Award from ShoreBank for our contributions to the Chicago community and our efforts to "build stronger, healthier communities.

Archeworks Project to be Exhibited at Venice Biennale

Congratulations to Archeworks for their project, Mobile Food Collective, being included among work from other architects as part of the American Pavilion at the 12th International Architecture Exhibition of the 2010 Venice Biennale. The exhibit will feature work from architects that involve "trans-disciplinary" collaboration. Here is their full Press Release.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Volunteer Help Needed for Newhouse Exhibit Installation

The CAF needs help during the day on Thursday, May 27th and Friday, May 28th to install the Newhouse Exhibition at the gallery of Robert Morris College: 401 S. State Street.

You can sign up for as many hours as you are able each day. They essentially need help hanging up the projects in the gallery. They plan to open the show on Tuesday, June 1st and will not be able to install over the weekend.

Contact Krisann.