#Englewood Thoughts… h/t #CarlaBruni

Carla Bruni is a colleague of mine at The School of the Art Institute, Associate for Outreach at PlaceEconomics and she posts compelling observations about Chicago neighborhoods on FB. She posted this piece about Englewood last week, and I wanted to repost it here. I couldn’t agree with her more, especially: We could all stand […]

Shared History: The Mecca Flat Revealed at IIT Architecture

Yesterday, I attended an event at The IIT College of Architecture celebrating the recent recovery of architectural elements and artifacts from the Mecca Flat — the historic residential building which previously occupied the site of Mies van der Rohe’s S. R. Crown Hall. The program was entitled “Shared History: The Mecca Flat Revealed at IIT […]

Trains, Art, History, #Humanity

Sometimes everything just falls into place. I attended a special event yesterday at Chicago Union Station, unveiling a new artwork in the Station’s new/old Metropolitan Lounge, located in the lower southeast corner of the building. The piece was created by Ashley Pastore, a graduate of The School of the Art Institute’s M.F.A. program in Print […]

A Glittering Art and Architecture Walk on Dearborn Street

We had a glorious day for a Walk on Dearborn Street yesterday, and we were joined by a group of Chicago high school students who attend the Development School for Youth organized by All Stars.org The sun was brilliant, and it made striking patterns on the buildings, as here at the Fisher Building: Looking east on […]

Do we have what it takes to live in Mr. Rogers’ neighborhood?

I was interviewed yesterday for a project entitled “American Communities and Neighborhoods/The Collective Psyche”, and it got me thinking (as I often do) about how to make neighborhoods more, well, neighborly. I just came across this article about Mr. Rogers (of all people), and this statement by Fred Rogers from 20 years ago really resonated: […]