Chicagoisms

Exhibitions, 09.03.2015

The “Chicagoisms” exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago closed on January 4th after a record number of visitors viewed the show over the duration of eight months. The exhibit consisted of models and short manifestos made and written by 9 contemporary architectural offices — Bureau Spectacular, DOGMA, MVDRV, Organization for Permanent Modernity, PORT, Sam Jacob, UrbanLab, Weathers, and WW — that were presented with historical black-and-white photographs that are emblematic of “the five Chicagoisms”. “This juxtaposition of the historic and the contemporary underscores how the architectural and urban history of Chicago can act as a catalyst for new forms of speculation and innovation.” (from the website of Art Institute Chicago)

ORG’s model and manifesto was a plea for the BIG BOX

“We architects have, in our understandable focus on cultural artifacts, perhaps ignored the disruptive innovation brought forth by industrial building typologies. Sheds, big boxes, and warehouses appear as the victors of a big Darwinian struggle between architectural typologies for suburbs in the post-war period. Abstract minimalist artists were understandable transfixed by these buildings because of their capacity for total abstraction.

What if we take this as a cue for inculturating this type, and for making it central to a (sub)urban model with new live-work flexibilities, a breakdown of the difference between infrastructure-architecture, and ultimately a constructive, realistic urban model built on suburban rules of development?”

Below a list of press related items (click on title for link):

“Urban Workshop Speculation,” Domus, by Francesco Zuddas, October 2014. 

“Exhibition Review: Chicagoisms,” Architectural Record, by Zach Edelson, September 2014.

“Eisenschmidt and Mekinda Curate Architectural Chicagoisms Exhibition,” DesignBoom, July 2014.

“Across Chicago,” Architect: The Magazine of the AIA, by William Richards, June 2014.

“The City as Catalyst for Architectural Speculation,” Dwell, by Patrick Sisson, May 2014.

“Architectural Gems of Chicago,” Chicago Tonight on WTTW, with Blair Kamin, May 1, 2014. (TV @ 6:26 min.)

“In Search of a New Era for Ambitious Chicago Architecture,” The Atlantic, by Mark Byrnes, May 2014.

“Cultural Highlights Around the Globe / Chicago: Chicagoisms,” in Swiss Magazine, May 2014. (print)

“Chicagoisms, a Small Gallery Stuffed with Big Architectural Ideas,” Chicago Tribune, by Blair Kamin, April, 2014. (print and online)

“Is Chicago Architecture too Enamored of its Own Past?” Chicago Reader, by Laura Pearson, April 2014. (print and online)

“5 Lessons the World Can Lean From One of History’s Most Intrepid Cities,” Huffington Post, by Kim Bellware, April 2014.

“Radical Old, Futurist New,” Fast Company, by Shaunacy Ferro, April 2014.

“Chicagoisms: More Than ‘Over by Dere’ and ‘Da Bearz,” in Chicago Architecture, by Bill Motchan, April 2014.

“Chicagoisms at Art Institute of Chicago,” Concierge Preferred, April 2014.

“Chicagoisms Exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago,” in Canadian Architect / Daily News, April 2014.

“Exhibition at Art Institute of Chicago Examines the City’s Architectural Legacy and Future Potential,” Art Daily, April 2014.