Chicago Expander inaugural lecture

© Chicago Expander at Archeworks

The Chicago Expander at Archeworks, a new research program led by Iker Gil and Antonio Petrov, kicks off this Monday (January 28) with a public lecture by Neil Brenner, Professor of Urban Theory at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) and the coordinator of the newly founded Urban Theory Lab GSD.

In this lecture, Neil Brenner critiques contemporary ideologies of the “urban age,” which confront this question with reference to the purported fact that more than 50% of the world’s population resides within cities. Against such demographic, city-centric understandings, Brenner excavates Henri Lefebvre’s (1970) notion of generalized urbanization for conceptual and methodological insights into the 21st century planetary urban condition.

This lecture will take place at 6 pm at the Graham Foundation (4 West Burton Pl, Chicago, IL 60610)

// About the Chicago Expander 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 workshops aim 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.

For more information about the Chicago Expander at Archeworks program, please visit


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