Starship Chicago

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Between November 6 and November 12, 2017, MAS Context exclusively hosted the international digital premiere of Starship Chicago, a documentary by Nathan Eddy, which had its U.S. premiere during our MAS Context : Analog event in October.

The film focuses on Helmut Jahn’s James R. Thompson Center, originally the State of Illinois Center, an iconic, provocative, and controversial landmark architectural statement that continues to provoke, enrage, and inspire despite the state of Illinois’ shameful neglect.

While the film chronicles the story of Chicago’s most provocative contribution to modern architecture it more importantly calls into question the very essence of the future of the democratic city—Who determines the future of the past?

 

 

About Starship Chicago

Architect Helmut Jahn’s kaleidoscopic, controversial State of Illinois Center, which shocked the world when it opened in 1985, may not be long for this world.

Today the building is a run down rusty shadow of its former self, occupying a lucrative downtown block and deemed expendable by the cash-strapped state legislature.

Despite initial construction flaws and hefty refurbishment costs, this singular architectural vision of an open, accessible, and inspiring civic building—defined by its iconic, soaring atrium—remains intact.

Four years after the stinging loss of brutalist icon Prentice Women’s Hospital, Chicago preservationists, along with the building’s original champion, Governor James R. Thompson, are gearing up for a major battle to save the city’s most provocative architectural statement.

 

Credits

Director & Producer: Nathan Eddy
Director of Photography: Brian Cagle
Editor & Design: Nate DeYoung
Aerial Photography: Michael Hoday
Additional Photography: Joe Gleason
Sound Mixer: Eric Brown
Music: Zain Effendi

 

Screenings

World Premiere: Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam (October 7)
US Premiere: MAS Context : Analog in Chicago (October 21)
New Urbanism Film Festival in Los Angeles (October 22)
Architecture and Design Film Festival in New York City (November 2-4)

 

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Starship Chicago is the second short film directed by Nathan Eddy. In 2013, he released The Absent Column that chronicled the preservation battle around Bertrand Goldberg’s Prentice Women’s Hospital in Chicago, a building that was ultimately demolished. The film made its world premiere at the Durban Film Festival in South Africa and was later included in the Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam and the Architecture & Design Film Festival in New York. In our Legacy issue, an essay by Paola Aguirre and Michelle Ha Tucker with photographs by David Schalliol, discussed the demolition of Prentice Women’s Hospital.

 

 

More recently, Nathan Eddy, organized a protest and a change.org petition against the redesign proposed by Snøhetta of Philip Johnson and John Burgee’s AT&T Building. Using the hashtag #SaveATT, Nathan Eddy, who is working on a film about Philip Johnson, and other organizations and notable architects such as Docomomo US and Robert Stern, are asking the building’s owners to reconsider the design alterations to this iconic postmodern tower in New York City. Media outlets such as Metropolis magazine, Architect’s Newspaper, and Archinect among others have covered these efforts.

We look forward to your comments on these preservations efforts. Please, share these initiatives and others in order to have thoughtful, critical, and proactive conversations about preservation and our built environment.

 

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MAS Context : Analog 2017
John Pobojewski

 

Video shot and edited by Matthew Goetz of Lucid Creative Agency.

Artist and Designer John Pobojewski presents at MAS CONTEXT : ANALOG 2017, an event organized by MAS Context on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at The Joinery in Chicago. The one-day event included presentations of emerging and established designers, a temporary bookstore, and the US premiere of the documentary Starship Chicago.

 

John Pobojewski is an intermedia artist/communication designer and principal at Thirst, with the studio since 2003. In 2007, John received recognition as one of Print Magazine’s New Visual Artists: 20 under 30. He has presented at MAS CONTEXT: Analog, SALT Istanbul, TEDxBGSU, Mobile Processing Chicago, SEEK, and elsewhere nationwide.
www.john.pobojewski.com | www.3st.com | @jpobojewski | @3stDesign

MAS Context : Analog 2017
Alisa Wolfson

 

Video shot and edited by Matthew Goetz of Lucid Creative Agency.

Designer Alisa Wolfson presents at MAS CONTEXT : ANALOG 2017, an event organized by MAS Context on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at The Joinery in Chicago. The one-day event included presentations of emerging and established designers, a temporary bookstore, and the US premiere of the documentary Starship Chicago.

 

Alisa Wolfson is the EVP Head of Design at Leo Burnett, Chicago. She founded and currently oversees the agency’s Department of Design. In 2012 she received the inaugural D&AD White Pencil for her work on Recipeace, a social movement that brings people of conflict together over food. Recipeace also won Best in Show at the One Show Design along with the first ever Gold Pencil awarded to Design for the Greater Good. When not at work, Alisa is an active part of the Chicago design and cultural scene. She is the Design Director at Lampo, a nonprofit organization that presents experimental sound art. Alisa is also a mentor, volunteer, lecturer, and mom.
www.lbdod.com | www.lampo.org

MAS Context : Analog 2017
Aaron Rodgers & Angee Lennard

 

Video shot and edited by Matthew Goetz of Lucid Creative Agency.

Aaron Rodgers and Angee Lennard present at MAS CONTEXT : ANALOG 2017, an event organized by MAS Context on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at The Joinery in Chicago. The one-day event included presentations of emerging and established designers, a temporary bookstore, and the US premiere of the documentary Starship Chicago.

 

Aaron Rodgers is the programming officer at Homeroom. Angee Lennard is the founder and executive director of Spudnik Press Cooperative. In 2010, Homeroom and Spudnik Press Coopearive initiated Ten x Ten, a dual-media collaboration between visual artists and musicians that explores ideas of abstraction, the collaborative process, and the translation of artistic gestures across media.
www.tenxtenchicago.comwww.homeroomchicago.orgwww.spudnikpress.org | @homeroomchicago | @SpudnikPress

MAS Context : Analog 2017
Charles Adler

 

Video shot and edited by Matthew Goetz of Lucid Creative Agency.

Designer and entrepreneur Charles Adler presents at MAS CONTEXT : ANALOG 2017, an event organized by MAS Context on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at The Joinery in Chicago. The one-day event included presentations of emerging and established designers, a temporary bookstore, and the US premiere of the documentary Starship Chicago.

 

Charles Adler is a designer and the founder of Lost Arts, and co-founder of Kickstarter. Previously he founded the now defunct web-based arts magazine Subsystence as well as Source-ID, a multi-disciplinary design studio. Since 1994, much of his work has centered on supporting independent artists. Born in the U.K. and raised in the U.S., he is living life exploring the world.
www.charles-adler.com@cadler

MAS Context : Analog 2017
Sean Lally

 

Video shot and edited by Matthew Goetz of Lucid Creative Agency.

Architect Sean Lally presents at MAS CONTEXT : ANALOG 2017, an event organized by MAS Context on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at The Joinery in Chicago. The one-day event included presentations of emerging and established designers, a temporary bookstore, and the US premiere of the documentary Starship Chicago.

 

Sean Lally is educated and trained in architecture as well as landscape architecture and is a tenured professor of architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Lally is the author of The Air from Other Planets: A Brief History of Architecture to Come. He is the editor and contributor to two earlier book projects (Softspace: From a Representation of Form to a Simulation of Space, Routldege (2006), eds. Sean Lally and Jessica Young and ENERGIES: New Material Boundaries, Wiley Press (2009), ed. Sean Lally) and recipient of The Prince Charitable Trusts Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome in Landscape Architecture and the Young Architects Award from the New York Architectural League. Lally hosts a biweekly podcast called “Night White Skies.”
www.seanlally.co@Sean_Lally

MAS Context : Analog 2017
Parsons & Charlesworth

 

Video shot and edited by Matthew Goetz of Lucid Creative Agency.

Designers Tim Parsons and Jessica Charlesworth present at MAS CONTEXT : ANALOG 2017, an event organized by MAS Context on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at The Joinery in Chicago. The one-day event included presentations of emerging and established designers, a temporary bookstore, and the US premiere of the documentary Starship Chicago.

 

Working across a variety of media, Parsons & Charlesworth create objects, exhibits, texts and images that encourage reflection upon the current and future state of our designed culture. Considering objects as agents of change, the studio explores new typologies and prototypes alternate ways of living, often using narrative and speculation to propose scenarios that comment on contemporary issues.
www.parsonscharlesworth.com@pandcstudio

MAS Context : Analog 2017
Elizabeth Blasius

 

Video shot and edited by Matthew Goetz of Lucid Creative Agency.

Architectural historian Elizabeth Blasius presents at MAS CONTEXT : ANALOG 2017, an event organized by MAS Context on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at The Joinery in Chicago. The one-day event included presentations of emerging and established designers, a temporary bookstore, and the US premiere of the documentary Starship Chicago.

 

Elizabeth Blasius is an American architectural historian whose work encourages people to consider placemaking through existing buildings and vintage communities, and explores the potential for historic preservation to examine more personal stories and bring them into the practice. Her work seeks to build trust and collaboration between agencies that protect historic resources and the public. She develops innovative solutions that discourage gatekeeping and allow room for those that have stock in cultural resources to realistically manage development. Ultimately, her work strives to kick the doors wide open for underrepresented aspects of heritage, built and cultural.
www.blaservations.com@blaservations

MAS Context : Analog 2017
Marcia Lausen

 

Video shot and edited by Matthew Goetz of Lucid Creative Agency.

Graphic design Marcia Lausen presents at MAS CONTEXT : ANALOG 2017, an event organized by MAS Context on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at The Joinery in Chicago. The one-day event included presentations of emerging and established designers, a temporary bookstore, and the US premiere of the documentary Starship Chicago.

 

Marcia Lausen is Director of the UIC School of Design and founder of the Chicago office of Studio/lab. At UIC Marcia leads a renown faculty of professional designers variously engaged in contemporary interdisciplinary theory and practice. At Studio/lab Marcia and her colleagues integrate four areas of communication design practice: identity, information, publication, and environment. Following the 2000 presidential election, Marcia played a leading role in Design for Democracy, a national election design reform initiative of AIGA. Her book of the same title was published in 2007 by the University of Chicago Press. Marcia was named a 2004 Fast Company Master of Design and a 2010 Fellow of AIGA. In 2015 she received the AIGA Medal.
www.studiolab.com

MAS Context : Analog 2017
Judith De Jong

 

Video shot and edited by Matthew Goetz of Lucid Creative Agency.

Architect Judith De Jong presents at MAS CONTEXT : ANALOG 2017, an event organized by MAS Context on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at The Joinery in Chicago. The one-day event included presentations of emerging and established designers, a temporary bookstore, and the US premiere of the documentary Starship Chicago.

 

Judith K. De Jong, RA is an architect, urbanist, and principal of De Jong Urban Projects, whose work investigates the reciprocating relationships between architecture and the city, and the opportunities for design innovation in architectures and urbanisms of mass culture. She is also an Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her book, New SubUrbanisms, was published in 2013.
www.judithkdejong.com

MAS Context : Analog 2017
Stewart Hicks

 

Video shot and edited by Matthew Goetz of Lucid Creative Agency.

Architect Stewart Hicks presents at MAS CONTEXT : ANALOG 2017, an event organized by MAS Context on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at The Joinery in Chicago. The one-day event included presentations of emerging and established designers, a temporary bookstore, and the US premiere of the documentary Starship Chicago.

 

Stewart Hicks is currently living and working in Chicago, IL. He is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago and co-founder of Design With Company. He has a Master of Architecture degree from Princeton University and was a principal and co-founder of Mitnick Roddier Hicks in Ann Arbor. With them, he received numerous national and international awards including the Architecture Record Design Vanguard Award and the Young Architect’s Forum Award. He has been published in MAS Context, Log journal, bracket Journal, Architectural Record, and Mark Magazine as well as books recognizing his design work.
www.designwith.co | @designwithco

MAS Context : Analog 2017
Molly Meyer

 

Video shot and edited by Matthew Goetz of Lucid Creative Agency.

Molly Meyer presents at MAS CONTEXT : ANALOG 2017, an event organized by MAS Context on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at The Joinery in Chicago. The one-day event included presentations of emerging and established designers, a temporary bookstore, and the US premiere of the documentary Starship Chicago.

 

Molly Meyer is the CEO & Founder of Omni Ecosystems™ and the Co-Founder & Co-Manager of The Roof Crop, LLC. Molly leads Omni’s strategy and business development and oversees Omni’s product innovation and field operations. She founded Omni with the mission to democratize access to natural spaces, and to create an organization that continuously engages in bold endeavors that elevate the triple bottom line: ecological, financial, and social. Molly’s background couples her academic training at Stanford University in systems problem-solving and biogeochemical research with field experience in construction means and methods, gained working as a carpenter and green roofs installer as a Robert Bosch Fellow in Germany.
www.omni-ecosystems.com | www.theroofcropllc.myshopify.com/ | @OmniEcosystems | @theroofcrop

MAS Context : Analog 2017
Micah Stanley

 

Video shot and edited by Matthew Goetz of Lucid Creative Agency.

Architect Micah Stanley presents at MAS CONTEXT : ANALOG 2017, an event organized by MAS Context on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at The Joinery in Chicago. The one-day event included presentations of emerging and established designers, a temporary bookstore, and the US premiere of the documentary Starship Chicago.

 

Michael Stanley is an architect and co-founder of Lawton Stanley Architects. LSA utilizes experience and expertise without a formal agenda, without preconceived ideas. They believe the best designs are resultant, ones you don’t see coming, but feel right because every aspect of its use and sensation has been extracted, refined, and built from a client-based creative process. In every case, in the end, every space should be a great space.
www.ls-arch.com

MAS Context : Analog
Chicago 2017

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On Saturday, October 21, 2017, MAS Context organized the fourth edition of MAS Context : Analog, our one-day event of talks, a film screening, and an onsite pop-up bookstore in Chicago. The event was organized as part of Chicago Design Week and it was hosted at The Joinery.

MAS Context : Analog gathered a group of emerging and established practitioners within the field of design who discussed their work based on four proposed themes: Food, Institution, Prototype, and Music. The event included talks by artists, architects, photographers, graphic designers, industrial designers, soil biogeochemical, and musician.

Speakers included:

Charles Adler (Lost Arts)Video of talk
Elizabeth Blasius (Blaservations)Video of talk
Judith De Jong (De Jong Urban Projects)Video of talk
Stewart Hicks (Design With Company)Video of talk
Sean Lally (Architect)Video of talk
Marcia Lausen (studio/lab)Video of talk
Molly Meyer (The Roof Crop)Video of talk
Tim Parsons and Jessica Charlesworth (Parsons & Charlesworth)Video of talk
John Pobojewski (Thirst)Video of talk
Aaron Rodgers (Homeroom) and Angee Lennard (Spudnik Press Cooperative)Video of talk
Micah Stanley (Lawton Stanley Architects)Video of talk
Alisa Wolfson (Leo Burnett Department of Design)Video of talk

 

MAS Context : Analog also included the screening of the 2017 short film “Starship Chicago” directed by Nathan Eddy. The documentary focuses on the 1985 State of Illinois Center / James R. Thompson Center designed by architect Helmut Jahn, a remarkable building facing an unknown fate.

 

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Starship Chicago (2017) © Nathan Eddy

 

MAS Context : Analog was proud to be part of Chicago Design Week. Chicago Design Week was a partnership between AIGA Chicago, the Chicago Design Museum, and the Society of Typographic Arts. For more information, please visit www.chicagodesignweek.com

 

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The Joinery, Chicago 2017 © Iker Gil

 

We would like to thank The Joinery for hosting the event, and to the Graham Foundation for their continuous support. And of course, thank you so much to all the presenters and to all of you who attended the event. You can find a few photos of the event below. Photographs by Iker Gil and Enric Turull.

 

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Presentation by Micah Stanley, Chicago, 2017 © Iker Gil

 

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Presentation by Molly Meyer, Chicago, 2017 © Iker Gil

 

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MAS Context : Analog, Chicago, 2017 © Iker Gil

 

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Presentation by Judith De Jong, Chicago, 2017 © Iker Gil

 

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Presentation by Marcia Lausen, Chicago, 2017 © Iker Gil

 

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MAS Context : Analog, Chicago, 2017 © Enric Turull

 

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Presentation by Marcia Lausen, Chicago, 2017 © Iker Gil

 

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Presentation by Elizabeth Blasius, Chicago, 2017 © Iker Gil

 

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Presentation by Elizabeth Blasius, Chicago, 2017 © Enric Turull

 

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Bookstore, Chicago, 2017 © Iker Gil

 

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Bookstore, Chicago, 2017 © Iker Gil

 

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Presentation by Tim Parsons and Jessica Charlesworth, Chicago, 2017 © Iker Gil

 

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Bookstore, Chicago, 2017 © Enric Turull

 

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MAS Context : Analog, Chicago, 2017 © Enric Turull

 

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Presentation by Sean Lally, Chicago, 2017 © Enric Turull

 

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Presentation by Sean Lally, Chicago, 2017 © Enric Turull

 

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Presentation by Charles Adler, Chicago, 2017 © Enric Turull

 

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MAS Context : Analog, Chicago, 2017 © Enric Turull

 

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Presentation by Aaron Rodgers and Angee Lennard, Chicago, 2017 © Enric Turull

 

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Presentation by Alisa Wolfson, Chicago, 2017 © Enric Turull

 

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Bookstore, Chicago, 2017 © Iker Gil

 

MAS Context, a quarterly journal created by MAS Studio, addresses issues that affect the urban context. Each issue delivers a comprehensive view of a single topic through the active participation of people from different fields and different perspectives who, together, instigate the debate.
www.mascontext.com | @MASContext

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