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International Perspectives on Chicago and the Future of Urban Change

Photo: Iwan Baan

The Art Institute of Chicago, the Architecture & Design Society, Van Alen Institute’s International Council and the Chicago Architecture Biennial present a conversation between international architects and urban thinkers on the challenges and rewards of living in today’s metropolitan areas.

A diverse group of architects, planners, academics, and city officials will provide local and global perspectives on the past, present, and future of Chicago architecture and planning. Reflecting on the biggest challenges Chicago and the Midwest face in the coming years, they’ll exchange ideas on issues ranging from new typologies for vertical urban living to the future of suburbia.

Moderators: Zoë Ryan, Art Institute of ChicagoKai-Uwe Bergmann, BIGDavid van der Leer, Van Alen Institute

Speakers: Wiel Arets, IIT; MarySue Barrett, Metro Planning; Jay Berman, Pei Cobb Freed; Robert Bruegmann, architectural critic; Stephen Cassell, Architecture Research Office; Sarah Dunn, UrbanLabFrancine Houben, MecanooJohanna Hurme, 5468796 ArchitectureHana Kassem, Kohn Pedersen and FoxBrian Lee, Skidmore Owings and MerrillElaine Molinar, SnohettaKirsten Murray, Olson KundigKim Herforth Nielsen, 3XNJeff Risom, Gehl ArchitectsMonica von Schmalensee, White ArkitekterBob Somol, University of Illinois at ChicagoTomas Stokke, Haptic ArchitectsCarla Swickerath, Studio LibeskindTrey Trahan, Trahan ArchitectsAmanda Williams, IITAndrew Zago, Zago Architecture