Trickle Up panel discussion

G.J. Robertson. “Chicago, Ill.” February, 1856. Engraving by W. Wellstood


Part 1: Trickle Up: The Scale of Water in Chicago
In addition to indexing the repercussions of human influenced climate change, water has also been the subject (and medium) of a tradition of city-making impulses which Chicago has certainly followed. The current climate crisis is an opportunity to once again re-shape our understanding of the city. At one end of the scale, water issues quickly surpass typical boundaries of jurisdiction and governance, trickling up to define and impact unexpectedly larger territories. At a smaller scale, individual and community actions begin to increasingly weigh in outside the systems of big infrastructure.This discussion among some of the city’s leading thinkers on water will address the repercussions of actions from one scale to another.

Claire Cahan, Studio Gang
Phil Enquist, FAIA, Partner in Charge of Urban Design and Planning, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Martin Felsen, Principal of UrbanLab
Antonio Petrov, Assistant Professor at UTSA’s College of Architecture and Co-Director of the Chicago Expander program at Archeworks
Frances Whitehead, Civic practice artist and Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Iker Gil, Director, MAS Studio and Co-Director, Chicago Expander program at Archeworks
Joshua G. Stein, Principal, Radical Craft

After the City, the City
After the City, the City is a forum to address the future of the city accepting that the actuality of our current version of urbanity has surpassed the scale and scope of what we once considered the city. What possibilities open once we let go of antiquated models of the city and what are the possibilities for effecting transformational change within this new configuration? What strategies are most effective in re-shaping structure at differing scales of governance and which actions influence trajectories across scales? As cities across the globe grapple with the notion of resilience and preparedness for cycles of disaster that move beyond the physical, this series assumes the potential for creative planning to emerge from multiple fields. Policy-makers, urbanists, artists, and designers will offer their perspectives on issues that increasingly transgress disciplinary boundaries.

This series of discussions around water issues is organized by the Chicago Expander program at Archeworks and Joshua Stein, in collaboration with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP and the Chicago Architecture Foundation.

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

Date: December 19, 2013
Location: Chicago Architecture Foundation, Lecture Hall Gallery
Address: 224 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60604


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