Chicago, IL

Chicago Expander - A New Research Program at Archeworks

Mon, Jan 28 '13 - Fri, Feb 15 '13
Chicago, IL, US

CHICAGO EXPANDER - A New Research Program at Archeworks

In response to the ecological challenges of the 21st century, the Chicago Expander is a new research initiative at Archeworks that brings together thinkers, designers and practitioners from a variety of disciplines to construct new discourses on regionalism and architecture, and develop new models addressing large and small-scale design. Within this interdisciplinary framework we aim to reconceptualize Chicago’s position in the region and the world. In order to meet these challenges, the program aims to spatialize the formation of Chicago as a larger geographic entity and recast the city and its region as a spatial model to expand the understanding of the interrelationships of the boundaries between the city, its hinterland and Lake Michigan in relation to Chicago’s role in a global ecology. Within this broader ambition, the Chicago Expander focuses on the idea of dismantling the region’s prevailing geographic, spatial and cultural meanings to activate critical questions that challenge conventional boundaries and perceptions about the city and its position in the world.

Call for Applicants

Co-directed by Iker Gil and Antonio Petrov, this program consists of three intensive multidisciplinary, collaborative workshops held between late January and late March, 2013.  Workshop time will be divided between group and independent research activities, participant discussions, guest lectures, and field investigations using Chicago as our laboratory. Participants will share the outcome of their investigations in private and public reviews.

Work generated in these workshops will be part of a CHICAGO EXPANDER-Archeworks public forum and exhibition on display in Summer 2013.  

Our program will kick-off in January 2013 with a public lecture co-hosted with the Graham Foundation featuring Hashim Sarkis, professor at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design.

CHICAGO EXPANDER Inaugural Workshop: 

January 28 through February 15, 2013. (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm).

Tuition: $1,500 (Limited merit-based scholarship assistance is available)

Applications are due Friday, November 30, 2012.

Seeking Multidisciplinary Participants

We are seeking open-minded participants, with an interest in researching, discussing and addressing the issues that affect the way we understand the Chicago region. Architects, urban designers, graphic designer, public policy makers, sociologists, economists, ecologists, photographers as well as participants with other backgrounds interested in this approach are encouraged to apply.  Consistent with Archeworks’ approach to engaged learning, each participant will contribute his/her own disciplinary perspectives—creating a unique interactive environment for critical study, design research, and productive speculation.

Interested Applicants

Please go to to learn more about the program and to download an application.

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