Chatter Chat: Constructive Communication
May 16, 2015


#platform, a collaboratively produced publication by SVA summer design writing intensive participants, with Mimi Zeiger and Neil Donnelly, 2012. © Mimi Zeiger and Neil Donnelly.


Saturday, May 16, 2015. 2:00 pm.
The Art Institute of Chicago – Architecture and Design Galleries


MAS Context editor in chief Iker Gil is moderating the second Chatter Chat held in conjunction with the Architecture and Design Department’s exhibition Chatter: Architecture Talks Back that use the exhibition as a platform to discuss critical issues in the field of contemporary architecture.

This Chatter Chat invites two architects and a writer, all of whom are featured in the exhibition, to frame their projects relative to history (as a precedent and as an element to build upon), as well as discuss the productive ways in which architecture can be communicated. Each panelist presents their work through this lens as a prompt for discussion among a panel of Chicago-based architects and scholars, offering up insights for questions such as:

– How do architects summon the material, formal, and sociocultural lessons from history without being beholden to them?
– How do we reframe architecture through history’s most valuable architectural inheritances?
– How does communication advance architectural representation and discussion?
– Can architecture be communicated in a way that goes beyond the approved (but void-of-content) press release?
– Can it empower, challenge, reveal, critique, reinterpret, and diagnose the discipline and our times?
Erin Besler, University of California Los Angeles
Urtzi Grau, Fake Industries Architecture Agonism
Mimi Zeiger, critic, editor, curator, and instigator
Grant Gibson, CAMES/Gibson
Ellen Grimes, School of the Art Institute
Jonathan Mekinda, UIC
Agata Siemionow, Illinois Institute of Technology


When: Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm.
Where: The Art Institute of Chicago – 111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60603
Cost: Free with museum admission.

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