September 24, 2018

Troy Pieper, a past participant in City Open’s Large Lots/Vacant Land task force, presented on cooperative business models—also called co-ops. Troy took an interest in co-ops after jumping ship from the corporate sector and landed at a bicycle repair shop in Minneapoli...

September 10, 2018

SEASON OPENER

SEPTEMBER 10, 2018

ROOSEVELT UNIVERSITY 4TH FLOOR

AT BAT: MONICA CHADHA, AIA

ON DECK (SEPTEMBER 23): TROY PIEPER

Kicking off the fall 2018 session City Open was Monica Chadha, AIA, founder of Civic Projects. In the architecture community, Chadha is known for h...

Thank you to everyone who participated this Spring season! We are very excited that new teams were assembled and explored very interesting topics.

On April 30th, each team that had participated in the Spring season shared their final presentations. This was a recap of...

April 16, 2018

Have you ever wondered what motivated or how did the figure of the public defender start? Ann Lui & Craig Reschke, founding partners at Future Firm, did when they were invited to contribute to last year's exhibition organized by the Chicago Architecture Foundation...

April 2, 2018

City Open Workshop was able to welcome Erik Cempel, the Lead Infrastructure Planning Manager for the Union Station Redevelopment. Union Station is currently a maze of transportation corridors and waiting areas, with the historic Head House, the majestic waiting room th...

March 19, 2018

When Asiaha Butler told us, “this is community development of the mind,” I saw nearly everyone in the room spontaneously nod, smile, and start scribbling in their notes.  Urban planner and data mapping extraordinaire Steven Vance even bolded it in his notes on our shar...

March 5, 2018

Jonathan Grant, Artist-in-Residence at the American Church in Paris, discusses how to create a welcoming church environment for marginalized people.

February 20, 2018

Morgan Malone, Project Manager at Teamwork Englewood visited us and shared her work related to Quality-of-Life Plan 2016 – Englewood Rising. It was highly inspiring to hear about the groundwork and efforts spearheaded in the Southside, and the role of Teamwork Englewoo...

Byron Sigcho, Executive Director at the Pilsen Alliance, joined us and shared his perspective about the importance of community inclusion in the development of communities. Pilsen Alliance was founded over 20 years ago, and started as a resource group for the community...

January 22, 2018

Anjulie Rao, Editor of Chicago Architect Magazine, talks about communication, emotion, and transparency in design.

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