Every year many of Chicago’s most intriguing architecture and design events and lectures are organized by MAS Context. The not-for-profit publication puts together panel discussions, lectures, and screenings, often hosted in some of the city’s most unique architectural spaces. MAS has recently announced its fall series of events with the promise of more to come as speakers commit. “The events are an opportunity to expand on topics we feel are important and deserve further conversation. Quality of life, the impact of the economy on the built environment, or architectural legacies are some of those topics,” explained Iker Gil, founder and editor of MAS Context to The Architect's Newspaper, “and we are thrilled to be able to explore them as panel discussions, intimate presentations, book launches, and film screenings, amongst other formats.” The first of this fall’s events will take place September 15th with a presentation by Matthias Hollwich, co-founder and principal of Hollwich Kushner, and Wojtek Jan Chodzko-Zajko, Ph.D., head of the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Hollwich and Chodzko-Zajko will be discussing their research regarding aging. In Hollwich’s latest book, New Aging—with colorful illustrations by Bruce Mau—explores aging with grace and the spaces associated with growing old. The lecture will be held at the hauntingly beautiful International Museum of Surgical Science, with support from the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH). Later in the month MAS will hold a screening of Unfinished Spaces, a film that documents the unfinished Cuban National Art Schools, commissioned by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara. Winner of the Soceity of Architectural Historians (SAH) Award for Film and Video, the film will be shown at the Instituto Cervantes of Chicago on September 29th, with support from the SAH. On October 25th, Christopher Marcinkoski, Rome Prize Fellow and director of PORT Urbanism, will discuss his latest book The City That Never Was, and his current research, Africa 2040: An Atlas of Speculative Urbanization. Macinkoski examines radical urbanization, speculative landscapes, and the motivations behind them. His lecture will look at “when urbanization activities become wildly out of sync with economic and demographic realities.” The lecture will be another collaboration with the Society of Architectural Historians and will be held at the historic Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Charnley Persky-House. As with its events, the publication MAS Context covers a diverse set of issues and topics, from urbanism to landscapes and architecture to graphics. Between the events and the publication, Gil and MAS Context are working on no less than establishing a larger dialogue in Chicago. “We want to create thoughtful and engaging events as well as facilitate opportunities for people to come together to share their expertise and learn from other points of view. It is our contribution to establish Chicago as a place for thoughtful discussions.” For more on MAS Context, visit their website.
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Chatter: Architecture Talks Back The Art Institute of Chicago 111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois Through July 12 The age of texting and tweeting has given more and more people a platform from which to opine, snipe, and complain about, well, everything—including architecture and development projects. Such is the backdrop for Chatter: Architecture Talks Back, an exhibition on view at The Art Institute of Chicago through Sunday, July 12. The multimedia show features work by five emerging architectural firms: Bureau Spectacular, Erin Besler, Fake Industries Architectural Agonism, Formlessfinder, and John Szot Studio. A custom installation by Iker Gil, director of the design publication Mas Context, accompanies Chatter, designed “to explore the multitude of ways in which architecture can be communicated and how the active qualities of chatter—from being constant to satirical—spark conversations.” In the spirit of such conversations, The Art Institute is hosting two roundtable discussions—“Chatter Chats”—in the space. The first took place on April 11, the second will occur on May 16.