University of Chicago’s conducted a series of two workshops titled Designing Urbanism. The workshops were a collaboration between the university’s interdisciplinary urban studies leg UChicago Urban, and eminent scholars Bill Brown, the Karla Scherer Distinguished Service Professor in American Culture, and Christine Mehring, chair and professor of Art History, and is geared towards introducing
The workshops were conducted in the wake of recent focus on architecture and design, specifically in the context of the urbanization. Following this, the university is all set to host the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial, which will include a number of events, exhibitions and programs featuring eminent personalities in the architecture world. The University of Chicago is the perfect set-up for this kind of increased focus on design, given its reach and intellectual standing.
Some of the notable names who graced the workshops include Chicago-based architect Jeanne Gang, Walter Hood of the University of California, Berkeley, Harvard Graduate School of Design’s Neil Brenner, and architecture and urban design scholar Dana Cuff of the University of California, Los Angeles. “What we’re interested in doing is making sure that design imagination becomes part of the intellectual culture of the University,” said Brown, adding that a full fledged design course was not on the cards as of now.
The workshops will also act as a lead-up to new Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation which will launch in 2018, and is designed to be a space which will encourage and take forward crucial discourse on the planning of cities all around the world.