Chicago Expander | Water workshop

The fourth workshop of the Chicago Expander program at Archeworks will explore the topic of Water and it will take place between February 3 and March 1, 2014.

When the Greek philosopher Thales talked about “water” as the origin of all life, he didn’t just fathom water as the material-origin of life, for him it was also about its mystical powers and the understanding of its higher ontological nature. In our first workshop we aim to continue to draw on the geographic as a research and design paradigm and explore water as space. The challenges of the coming century are not only the protection of water––amongst others natural resources––but also how we as designers engage with it spatially. How does water, the access to it, water as a natural resources, water as necessity, and the rescaling of the political questions around water and its urban, regional, national and global interests consolidate decision-making processes? How does water surpass typical boundaries of jurisdiction and governance, and impact larger geographies? With a focus on all scalar dimensions water but also its intersections and possible overlaps with other systems, we will place water as a central question and reexamine and develop new design-driven strategies for reshaping region formation processes around water in Chicago.

During the workshop, each participant will develop new approaches, strategies, recordings or design projects in response to water. Those will be instigated by a series of presentations at the beginning of each week, group discussions, readings and other formats that encourage critical approaches to the topic.

This workshop consists of five evening sessions (6pm to 8pm) February 3, February 5, February 10, February 12 and February 19. Plus three Saturday sessions (10am to 5pm) February 8, February 15 and March 1.

The deadline to submit your application is Thursday, January 16, 2014.

For more information about the workshop please, visit the Chicago Expander website:

Date: February 3-March 1, 2014
Location: Archeworks
Address: 625 N. Kingsbury St., Chicago, Illinois 60654