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 […]

New News on Walking in Chicago!

I’m delighted to announce that there are changes afoot for the annual Jane’s WalkCHICAGO event. I’m still going to be working on inspiring civic engagement and creative responses for cities, though! After five rewarding years as the City Organizer of Jane’s Walk, I am transitioning to a new role. I’ve become a member of the […]

#Charlottesville, Before and After

You can change the way a place looks, but you can’t change the history that made it that way. That’s a reality that the tragedy in Charlottesville, and the current uproar about Civil War monuments throughout the United States, can’t transform. Viscerally, I understand the confused, angry feelings of an African-American child staring up at […]

From UofC’s Place Lab: Narrative in Historic Preservation

I attended Historic Preservation at 50: Chicago and the Future of the Movement a few weeks ago, co-sponsored by Landmarks Illinois and the Glessner House Museum.   I had it in mind to write about it afterwards…. but, well, that didn’t happen. So I was delighted last week to come across a blog post by Nootan Bharani, AIA,  Lead […]