Thursday, November 16, 2006

Garfield Park focus of Toronto Sister Cities Design Charette

Hot on the heels of this Friday's City of the Future design competition at CAF, word comes of another charette that will take place this Sunday and Monday that will bring together six teams consisting of a total of twelve graduate students from Toronto and Chicago to design a youth center for Garfield Park using, in the words of the press release, "principles learned from the Massive Change theory and exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art. The multi-disciplinary competition also draws its inspiration from the guidelines derived from the City Global Visionaries Symposium," another product of the relentlessly self-promoting Bruce Mau.

Monday's event will pair up students from Mau's Institute without Boundaries and from the U of I's Chicago and Urbana-Champaign campuses "who have expertise in urban planning, architecture and landscape architecture." Although the competition was created "in the spirit of Massive Change," it's the product of the City of Toronto's International Alliance Program, that city's Design Exchange, Chicago Sister Cities International Program, and the City Design Center at the University of Illinois, where the students will develop their design concepts on Sunday, with input from Mau and Canadian Architect Ian Chodikoff, The designs will be presented to an international jury at the Chicago Cultural Center on Monday, with the winning concept to be announced that afternoon. The students' design concepts will be put on display beginning November 21st at a location soon to be announced.


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