FRIDAY TOURS: Visits Cultural Spaces in our 5 selected Neighborhoods

ALL:

Prof. Williams has arranged GUIDED TOURS of various cultural spaces in each of our selected neighborhoods/sites for the IDEAHAUS.  Please see the attached document (or text below) for the address and start time of the tour for your area.

Most tours start at 2pm, with the exception of Uptown (noon) and Pilsen (1pm).

This is a fun way to decompress after a great showing at Mid-Term Reviews. Each of these spaces has elements of an IDEAHAUS in its own way and should offer insight into the designated neighborhood as well as design strategies for programming and form-making in the second half of the semester.
PLEASE NOTE: These are GUIDED tours, so it is critical that you arrive on time. If you plan on NOT attending, and/or would like to attend a tour of a facility that is not in your designated area, please email Prof. Williams immediately, as your names have been given to the guides. While they are happy to accommodate more/less, its helpful and courteous to let them know who to expect.  If you are running late, or your plans change, please call the facility and/or a classmate who is attending to alert them to your status.

S15_ARCH306_IDEAHAUS_Neighborhood Tours

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UPTOWN/EDGEWATER

6018North

6018 N Kenmore Ave, Chicago, IL 60660

http://6018north.net/

Meet Tricia van Eck at 12pm for a guided tour of her historic prarie style mansion turned experimental cultural institution. Trica is a former curator of the MCA and a longtime resident of the Uptown/Edgewater area. She will lead a lively discussion of the area following the tour.

BRING A DISH/FOOD/BEVERAGE from the neighborhood to share at her community table. Then tour your sites and reflect on comments from the review!

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HUMBOLDT/LOGAN

Congress Theater

2135 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

http://www.woodtinarch.com/2015-con

Meet a Brian Foote of WoodhouseTinucci Architects at 2pm to tour the 90-year old historic structure that is undergoing major renovations that will highlight some of its historic character while breathing new life and culture through alternate uses including housing. Then venture out into the neighborhood to your own project site to imagine your IDEAHUAS proposal in place.

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PILSEN

Blue1647 Tech Incubator and Innovation Center

1647 S. Blue Island, Chicago, IL 60608

http://www.blue1647.com/

(312) 880-7540

Meet Keith Bradley at 1pm for a guided tour of an up and coming hybrid space on Blue Island in Pilsen. Then stay in the area for the evening and venture futher east, over to the Halsted corridor between 17th and 19th for SECOND FRIDAY Open Art Studios to see a variety of hybrid arts spaces. The Chicago Art Department (C.A.D.—1932 S. Halsted) will have an exhibition of works by students from the non-profit youth art organization, Marwen. http://www.chicagoartdepartment.org/

 

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BRIDEGPORT/McKINLEY

Bridgeport Art Center

1200 W. 35th Street, Chicago, IL 60609 (Enter on North Side off of Racine/34th)

773-247-3000

http://bridgeportart.com/

Meet Mike at 2pm in the main office. He will give a guided tour of the historic former Spiegel Catalog Warehouse turned event space, fashion design incubator, artists lofts, gym, storage facility, weekend farmer’s market, museum…complete with a fledgling beekeeping facility on the roof! Mike will introduce you to a few resident artists and designers in the building

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HYDEPARK/WASHINGTON PARK

Dorchester Projects/Re-Build Foundation

6916 S. Dorchester, Chicago IL

http://rebuild-foundation.squarespace.com/

2pm. Meet Ken Stewart, Chief Operating Officer for Re-Build Foundation, a nonprofit organization that endeavors to rebuild the cultural foundations of underinvested neighborhoods and incite movements of community revitalization that are culture based, artist led, and neighborhood driven; spaces include a cinema house, arts studios, a listening house, monastery and former Bank turned Art Center. A car is needed if you plan to see the “ART BANK” under construction a few blocks away from the main hub of buildings located on Dorchester between 69th and 70th street.

S15_ARCH 306_ASSIGNMENT 1_BODIES

S15_ARCH 306_1_BODIES (autobiographical cartography of Chicago)

Download PDF of assignment here: S15_ARCH 306_1_Bodies

overview:

From the Oxford Dictionaries, body (bod·y) /ˈbädē/ can be defined as a physical structure, the main or central part of something, or a large or substantial amount of something; a mass or collection of something.

The intent of this introductory exercise is to imagine the city as a body made up of many smaller supplemental bodies.  It is an open and ever-changing system that can be defined in a multitude of ways, and interpreted according to criteria across different scales (personal to global) and in various  rates of flux (daily life patterns to geological history).

The objectives for this exercise are for you to begin to develop your own understanding and relationship of the variety of ‘bodies’ that compose the City and begin to place yourself within that open system.

objectives:

– define the term body

– contemplate the city as a body of bodies

– relate yourself to the city through an investigation of your personal territories

-develop new frameworks for mapping the city

process:

In studio, introduce yourself by constructing a map of “your territories” within the city (your own personal Chicago constellation or archipelago).

  1. Where do you go? What points do you frequent regularly, less frequently, for fun, for work, to relax, to administer, etc.. Are there real points that ground your perception of the city, even if you’ve never been to them, do they exist in the present, or the past? Using crosshairs, indicate as many points as possible and describe them.
  2. Even though the grid seems to have a repetitive order, and makes it easy to mark points, it contains infinite variations in texture and identity across scale. So any discrete coordinate can be understood as a point within one or many overlapping territories. What are the territories (bodies) that contain your points? Draw an outline to represent the boundaries of these territories. Do they follow the grid (e.g. a district), obey their own internal logic (e.g. metro), or other (e.g. park district or gang turf)? Are there very clear boundaries or are they fuzzy?
  3. Discuss and critique your terms for the mapping of the bodies.   What are your initial instincts and how do they change as the conversation unfolds?  Explore the variations in understandings of the term and criteria used to map the term.

For Wednesday:

Analog: On 5 ½” x 8”  (half of an 8 ½ x 11 oriented portrait) pieces of paper, sketch several (at least 10) autobiographical bodies that represent your relationship to the city.  At the bottom of each card, annotate the body. Provide a sentence or two that describes the body (it’s criteria, scale, etc) and your relationship to the body.

Digital:  Digitally map the bodies.  Every student will be given an Illustrator template file. The file contains 2 layers.  A bodies layer for transcribing and a basemap for reference.  Students are to simply transcribe their outlines on the bodies layer to produce a single autobiographical map of Chicago. Select one member of your studio to compile ALL of the individual maps into a single studio wide map of Chicago with all members of the studio’s bodies mapped into a single drawing. Print the new drawing to match the scale of the initial City of Chicago map that was used on the first day of class.

criteria:

All of your mapped ‘bodies’ should be autobiographical. They should represent the ‘bodies’ that you are personally in contact with either historically or on a day to day basis.

Bodies can be defined as:

– systems

– materials

– occupations

– ideologies

– thresholds

– boundaries

– etc

schedule:

M                 12 Jan                              exercise launch

W                14 Jan                              exercise due

deliverables:

For a group studio crit on Wednesday please have the following ready to present (pinned up) prior to the start of studio on Wednesday:

  1.  A minimum of 10 rendered and annotated bodies. These should each be on a 8 x 5 ½ note card.
  2.  An individual print out of your illustrator file. Color print out 11 x 17.
  3.  One collated illustrator file for the entire studio. Printed and mounted or pinned up before Wednesday’s class.   NOTE: Please select one student in the studio to combine all the Illustrator files and then collectively pay for the single large scale plot.

additional resources:

  1.  http://www.radicalcartography.net/index.html?chicagodots
  2. http://www.dykhuis.ca/art/radar-paintings/mar-06.php (Peter Dykhuis, artist, YHZ Radar Paintings)
  3. http://www.jamescohan.com/exhibitions/2012-11-24_ingrid-calame-drawings-and-mark-strand-collages-madri/artworks#artworks/3 (Ingrid Calame, artist)
  1. http://www.amandahughen.com/open-space-project/ (Amanda Hughen, artist)
  2. https://www.pinterest.com/lesyrn/maps/
  3. http://www.larissafassler.com/startside.html

Exercise 1_Bodies (annotated topography of Chicago)

Bodies (annotated topography of Chicago)

overview:

From the Oxford Dictionaries, body (bod·y) /ˈbädē/ can be defined as a physical structure, the main or central part of something, or a large or substantial amount of something; a mass or collection of something.  

The intent of this introductory exercise is to clarify the position that the City is a body made up of many other bodies.  It is an open and ever-changing system that can be defined in a multitude of ways, and interpreted according to criteria across different scales (personal to global) and in various  rates of flux (daily life patterns to geological history).

The objectives for this exercise are for you to begin to develop your own understanding and relationship of the variety of ‘bodies’ that compose the City and begin to place yourself within that open system.

objectives:

– define the term body

– contemplate the city as a body of bodies

– relate yourself to the city through an investigation of your personal territories

-develop new frameworks for mapping the city

process:

In studio, introduce yourself by constructing a map of “your territories” within the city (your own personal Chicago constellation or archipelago).

1. Where do you go? What points do you frequent regularly, less frequently, for fun, for work, to relax, to administer, etc.. Are there real points that ground your perception of the city, even if you’ve never been to them, do they exist in the present, or the past? Using crosshairs, indicate as many points as possible and describe them.

2. Even though the grid seems to have a repetitive order, and makes it easy to mark points, it contains infinite variations in texture and identity across scale. So any discrete coordinate can be understood as a point within one or many overlapping territories. What are the territories (bodies) that contain your points? Draw an outline to represent the boundaries of these territories. Do they follow the grid (e.g. a district), obey their own internal logic (e.g. metro), or other (e.g. park district or gang turf)? Are there very clear boundaries or are they fuzzy?

3. Discuss and critique your terms for the mapping of the bodies.   What are your initial instincts and how do they change as the conversation unfolds?  Explore the variations in understandings of the term and criteria used to map the term.

For Wednesday:

Analog: On 5 ½” x 8”  (half of an 8 ½ x 11 oriented portrait) pieces of paper, sketch several (at least 10) autobiographical bodies that represent your relationship to the city.  At the bottom of each card, annotate the body. Provide a sentence or two that describes the body (it’s criteria, scale, etc) and your relationship to the body.

Digital:  Digitally map the bodies.  Every student has a template file (Adobe Illustrator)  assigned to them in a Dropbox folder that will be shared.   The file is named using the first 2 letters of each student’s Lastname, and then Firstname.  So, for example:

SCAN.ai SChachman, ANdrew

TIAN.ai TInucci ANdrew

WIAM.ai WIlliams, AManda

The file contains 2 layers.  A bodies layer for transcribing.   A basemap for reference.  Students are to simply transcribe their outlines on the bodies layer, then upload the file to a common directory on  DropBox.

criteria:

All of your mapped ‘bodies’ should be autobiographical. They should represent the ‘bodies’ that you are personally in contact with either historically or on a day to day basis.

Bodies can be defined as:

– systems

– materials

– occupations

– ideologies

– thresholds

– boundaries

– etc

schedule:

M 13 Jan exercise launch

W 15 Jan exercise due

deliverables:

For a group studio crit on Wednesday please have the following ready to present (pinned up) prior to the start of studio on Wednesday:

1.  A minimum of 10 rendered and annotated bodies. These should each be on a 8 x 5 ½ note card.

2.  An individual print out of your illustrator file. Color printout 8 ½ x 11

3.  One collated illustrator file for the entire studio. Printed and mounted before Wednesday’s class.

additional resources:

1.  http://www.radicalcartography.net/index.html?chicagodots

2. http://www.dykhuis.ca/art/radar-paintings/mar-06.php (Peter Dykhuis, artist, YHZ Radar Paintings)

3. http://www.jamescohan.com/artists/ingrid-calame/selected-works/# (Ingrid Calame, artist)

4.) http://www.amandahughen.com/works_on_paper/standard_interference.html (Amanda Hughen, artist)