Weight of Words

Architects discuss the power (and limits) of architecture at new Chicago Design Museum exhibit

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(Courtesy Chicago Design Museum)
(Courtesy Chicago Design Museum)

A new show at the Chicago Design Museum (ChiDM) questions the role of architecture through interviews and conversations.

Displayed through text, audio recordings, images, and projections, City of Ideas: Architects’ Voices and Visions includes interviews with architects from around the world, from Jeanne Gang to Kengo Kuma. The show particularly asks questions such as, “Can architecture and design solve social and environmental problems? Where and how does the value of individual expression and vision meet the need for collaboration and teamwork?” Visitors to the exhibition are encouraged to join the conversation through a series of events and talks. A stage at the center of the show’s space will be used for presentations and performances by the Chicago Architecture Foundation, the Poetry Foundation, along with other Chicago-area partners.

Text from interviews are projected and printing thorugh out the show. (Chicago Design Museum)

Text from interviews is projected and printing throughout the show. (Courtesy Chicago Design Museum)

“Chicago is home to a number of very original voices in architecture… I hope City of Ideas will contribute to the overall professional discourse and spark new interpretations and visions for what architecture could be,” said Belogolovsky in a press release. “One of the featured voices gathered here from all over the world is Jeanne Gang, a local force behind reinventing our preconceptions about the discipline. I am going to Chicago with an open mind and I look forward to learning about what visitors will make of this provocation.”

Before coming to Chicago City of Ideas: Architects’ Voices and Visions was on show at the Tin Sheds Gallery at the University of Sydney, Australia. Each iteration of the show will present ever changing content, displayed in new ways through collaborations with local artists and designers.

City of Ideas: Architects’ Voices and Visions, curated by architect and writer Vladimir Belogolovsky, will be on show through February 25, 2017. The Chicago Design Museum is located on the third floor of Block Thirty Seven, 108 N. State St. in downtown Chicago. Founded in 2012, the museum was envisioned as a space to bring together Chicago’s large design and architecture community. Until it opened, Chicago lacked any permanent institution to specifically exhibit contemporary design.

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