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50 DESIGNERS, 50 IDEAS, 50 WARDS

Strawn + Sierralta featured in the exhibit envisioning Chicago's future and celebrating the Chicago Architecture Foundation's 50th Anniversary.

CAF invited 50 of the city's top architecture and design firms to "propose transformative projects that would address the needs of specific communities and improve the quality of life for the residents of all 50 wards across the city". 50 projects, one representing each ward, are organized into one of four themes: Activate, Reclaim, Gather, and Dwell.

“Understanding the challenges facing Chicago and many large urban centers today―economic development, quality housing and affordability, aging infrastructure and the delivery of city services―we saw the curation of a broad-ranging exhibition of ideas as a great way to generate discussion.”

— LYNN OSMOND, PRESIDENT AND CEO OF CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE FOUNDATION


EXHIBITION DETAILS

Along with CAF, the exhibition was curated by Martin Felsen and Sarah Dunn, co-founders of UrbanLab, and Reed Kroloff, CAF’s Senior Advisor for Programs & Industry Collaboration. 

The "50 Designers, 50 Ideas, 50 Wards" exhibition will be on display May 26 through December 2016 in the Atrium Gallery at CAF headquarters. For more information about the exhibit and to see all 50 design visions, visit architecture.org/50-50-50.

DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS

Strawn + Sierralta partners with Susan Conger-Austin to imagine an entirely new outreach and jobs training platform for Chicago's acclaimed Goodman Theater.

"INSIDE OUT" is a Mobile Skills Training Platform and Traveling Stage that will expand Goodman Theater’s reach into Chicago communities, exposing more residents to theater production and job skills training. "INSIDE OUT", co-developed with theater stakeholders for the "50 Designers, 50 Ideas, 50 Wards" exhibition, places Goodman Theater at the cutting edge of community and social development.

CURATING A DESIGN COMMUNITY

Organizing a group of 50 designers is no small task, but that is exactly what the curatorial team did for 50,50,50.

Designers, including Amanda Williams, Urban Works, John Ronan, Carol Ross Barney, Krueck + Sexton, Studio Gang and Wheeler Kearns, were invited to take a critical look at pressing city needs from the ward level. The assembled teams worked to capture a cross section of neighborhood needs, while proposing design interventions that will drive conversation at a city level. 


“Our goal is to inventory a new breed of architectural and infrastructural interventions that will foster social, creative and entrepreneurial interactions among Chicagoans.”

—MARTIN FELSEN, EXHIBITION CURATOR AND CO-FOUNDER OF URBANLAB