The School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Architecture Interior Architecture and Designed Objects department will be holding their first four day design symposium this week from March 8th – March 11th. The symposium, entitled Human Resources, is part of SAIC's spring Mitchell Lecture Series, and is organized by visiting faculty Ann Lui, Eric Ellingsen, Sam Stewart-Halevy, and Sara Huston. Over the four day period they will each be holding lectures and discussions, as well as engaging with a handful of artist and architects. Other participants include, Nico Dockx, Lydia Kallipoliti, Matthew Jesse Jackson, Joseph Grigley, Melissa Orlie, John Paananen, Stuart Sim, Bess Williamson, Aneesh Aneesh, Hannah Frank, Asha Schechter, Markus Miessen, Mitch McEwen, Mechtild Widrich, and Craig Reschke. “The title of the event Human Resources is a way of pulling together group of events that are all looking into, on one hand, the instrumentality of our resources as humans, but also the limitations of what we can accomplish with those resources.” Jonathan Solomon, director of AIADO explained to AN. Each day over the course of the week, teams will present work and discuss topics ranging from architectural pedagogy to contemporary modes of architectural production. Presentations with titles such as Globaloney: How the Sausage is Made will discuss systems of global production. Another Confessions from the Anthropocene looks at the role of design in global environmental crisis. “I see it as a continued investigation into some of the issues that were at play in the department in the fall, and have been for some time,” said Jonathan Solomon. “Around issues in design in a post-growth economy, the role of design in a closed system, as opposed to an open system, and the relationship of design to disciplinarity.” Some discussions will be in and around purpose built installations. On the final day, Chicago-based Future Firm will install “The Uncomfortableness of Getting Into Bed with Others,” an installation they describe as a “participatory” architectural intervention. Design practice The Last Attempt at Greatness will also be producing an installation for the event. “This is absolutely an experiment, just as our show in the fall Outside Design was an experiment,” Solomon explained “We will have a spring show called The Design Show, of graduate work, which will give students opportunity to participate in that kind of experimentation. Outcomes aren’t fixed, and that’s exciting.” Human Resources will be held as SAIC’s LeRoy Neiman Center at 37 S. Wabash Ave Chicago, IL from March 8th-11th.
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Chicago’s top art school announced big changes in its design department this morning. The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Thursday announced their selection of Jonathan Solomon as the new Director of the Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects (AIADO). Solomon, who comes from his position as associate professor and associate dean at the School of Architecture at Syracuse University, assumes the job officially on August 1. In 2010 Solomon, who holds a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from Columbia University and a Master of Architecture and Certificate in Media and Modernity from Princeton University, helped curate Workshopping: An American Model of Architectural Practice at the Venice Architecture Biennial. He is the co-founder of 306090, a nonprofit arts stewardship organization. He previously taught design at the City College of New York, the University at Buffalo, and the University of Hong Kong, where he led the Department of Architecture as Acting Head from 2009 to 2012. He is a licensed architect in the State of Illinois. Solomon recently spoke on a Chicago Architecture Foundation panel discussing Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin’s series on Chicago designers in China. He is related to Lou Solomon, who helped found Chicago design firm Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB).