Matthew Messner

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Can algorithms revolutionize the American suburb?

New York-based architect John Szot believes there is a better way to build suburbia. While much of the architectural community has ceded the suburbs to home builders and tract home developers, Szot has a plan to take back some agency for designers. In his show, Mass Market Alternatives, he…
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What is the future of the Chicago riverfront?

While many architects moon over biennials and architecture festivals, these shows are often a bit esoteric for the general public. The Chicago Architecture Biennial (CAB) is no exception. Amidst the complex discussions and abstract installations, the average visitor may enjoy the show, but also feel a bit…
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How a $500 house tells the story of a changing Detroit

Something about Detroit awakens a feeling in many that can only be described as a frontier romanticism. But just like the American West was not uninhabited, free for the taking by European settlers, Detroit is a city with existing communities, existing assets, existing problems, and existing potential. It is…