Where If Not Us? — Participatory Design and Its Radical Approaches

graham foundationThe first exhibition of the Graham-funded research by architect Mathias Heyden and artist Ines Schaber opens this Thursday, June 27 at the Graham Foundation’s Madlener House. Where If Not Us? — Participatory Design and Its Radical Approaches focuses on a visual re-presentation of the community design movement in the United States. The project reflects upon the making of particular community design projects, including Landon Bone Baker’s Woodlawn Center South, Archer Courts, and Harold Washington Unity Co-Operative, in dialogue with those involved, considering usage and appropriation over time. Based on those reflections, Where If Not Us? draws on correlated work over the past years to renegotiate the relationship between bottom-up driven architecture and image politics.

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Where If Not Us? — Participatory Design and Its Radical Approaches
June 27 – August 24, 2013
Graham Foundation, Madlener House
4 West Burton Place

Thursday, June 27
6:00-8:00 pm: Opening Reception
Remarks from architect Mathias Heyden, artist Ines Schaber, and Graham Foundation director Sarah Herda

Friday, June 28
6:00-8:00 pm: Public Discussion
Short presentations by Roberta Feldman, Landon Bone Baker Architects, and Henry Sanoff, followed up by a public discussion regarding the past, present, and future of participatory design, in general as well as in Chicago.