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Exhibition in Chicago - Big Box Burb

04/03/2014 - 05:44

The Art Institute of Chicago, Gallery 286
April 5th, 2014 – January 4th, 2015

We architects have, in our understandable focus on cultural artifacts, perhaps ignored the disruptive innovation brought forth by industrial building typologies. Sheds, big boxes, and warehouses appear as the victors of a big Darwinian struggle between architectural typologies for suburbs in the post-war period. Abstract minimalist artists were understandable transfixed by these buildings because of their capacity for total abstraction.

What if we take this as a cue for inculturating this type, and for making it central to a (sub)urban model with new live-work flexibilities, a breakdown of the difference between infrastructure-architecture, and ultimately a constructive, realistic urban model built on suburban rules of development?

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