Spontaneous Interventions in Chicago

Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good makes U.S. debut at the Chicago Cultural Center May 24 to September 1, 2013. The City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is bringing Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good to Chicago for its first U.S. appearance. The exhibition—the official U.S. presentation at the 13th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale (2012)—will be installed in the ground-floor Michigan Avenue Galleries of the Chicago Cultural Center from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Spontaneous Interventions is devoted to the growing movement of architects, designers, artists, and everyday citizens acting on their own initiative to bring improvements to the urban realm, creating new opportunities and amenities for the public. The exhibition received over 178,000 visitors in Venice, and earned a Special Mention from the Golden Lion jury, the first time the United States has been honored in the history of the Venice Architecture Biennale.

“We’re so pleased that Chicago is the first destination for this thought-provoking display as the City has always been at the forefront of architecture and design,” said DCASE Commissioner Michelle T. Boone.

Our work with Architecture for Humanity Chicago will be featured, specifically Fresh Moves Mobile Produce Market and ACTIVATE! Public Space Design Competition. Katherine will be participating on curatorial panels, workshops and lectures throughout the duration of the exhibit and her video manifesto on the future of Chicago communities is featured in the resource room.

Katherine Darnstadt