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Van Alen International Council Panel Discussion: International Perspectives—Chicago and the Future of Urban Change

October 1, 2015
Rubloff Auditorium

The Architecture & Design Society, Van Alen Institute’s International Council, and the Chicago Architecture Biennial present a conversation among international architects and urban thinkers on the challenges and rewards of living in today’s metropolitan areas. 

A diverse group of architects, planners, and academics provide local and global perspectives on the past, present, and future of Chicago architecture and planning. Contemplating the biggest challenges Chicago and the Midwest face in the coming years, they’ll exchange ideas on issues ranging from new typologies for vertical urban living to the future of suburbia. 

Please use the Columbus Drive entrance.

Moderated by:
Zoë Ryan, John H. Bryan Chair and Curator of Architecture and Design, Art Institute of Chicago
David van der Leer, executive director, Van Alen Institute
Kai-Uwe Bergmann, partner and head of communications, Bjarke Ingels Group

Confirmed Speakers:
Sarah Dunn, UrbanLab; MarySue Barrett, Metro Planning; Kirsten Murray, Olson Kundig; Johanna Hurme, 5468796 Architecture; Kim Herforth Nielsen, 3XN; Jeff Risom, Gehl Architects; Jay Berman, Pei Cobb Freed; Amanda Williams, IIT; Elaine Molinar, Snohetta; Brian Lee, Skidmore Owings & Merrill; Bob Bruegmann, architectural historian; Robert Somol, University of Illinois at Chicago; Wiel Arets, IIT; Hana Kassem, Kohn Pedersen and Fox; Francine Houben, Mecanoo; Stephen Cassell, Architecture Research Office; Monica von Schmalensee, White Arkitekter; Carla Swickerath, Studio Libeskind; Trey Trahan, Trahan Architects; Andrew Zago, Zago Architecture

About Van Alen Institute
Van Alen Institute believes design can transform cities, landscapes, and regions to improve people’s lives. The organization collaborates with communities, scholars, policymakers, and professionals on local and global initiatives that rigorously investigate the most pressing social, cultural, and ecological challenges of tomorrow. Building on more than a century of experience, Van Alen develops cross-disciplinary research, provocative public programs, and inventive design competitions.

The Van Alen International Council Panel Discussion is presented in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Biennial. The Architecture & Design Society gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of Park Hyatt Chicago.

Photo by Iwan Baan