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Join us for a program supported by the Terra Foundation for American Art's Art Design Chicago program and presented by David Brown. Photo credit: Nathan Keay

  • Date:3/14/2024 12:00 PM - 3/14/2024 02:00 PM
  • Location 2233 South Throop Street, Chicago, IL, USA (Map)
  • More Info:Fifth Floor


David Brown will share a set of nine calls for collective spaces on vacant land intended as prompts for residents, community organizations, and designers to think expansively about  how to make use of city-owned vacant spaces. He’ll demonstrate the potential of the calls through a set of studios he's taught at UIC over the last year focused on the distinct urbanisms that sets of community-derived collective spaces can contribute to different South and West side neighborhoods.

David Brown established The Available City, NFP in summer 2023, continuing his research that engages community organizations, residents, and architects in thought and construction of city-owned vacant land as a landscape of community-driven collective spaces. Iterations of The Available City as a speculative design have been exhibited in the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale and the 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial. Brown was the Artistic Director of the 2021 Chicago Architecture Biennial which had The Available City as its focus and theme. His essays and drawings presenting the transformative impact The Available City can have on Chicago’s South and West Sides are found in CENTER 18: Music in Architecture—Architecture in Music, the Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies, volume 2, and Flat Out 4. Brown is a Professor at UIC School of Architecture.

After the program, a meal will be shared. 

RSVP is required.

The Designing Belonging series is part of Art Design Chicago, a citywide collaboration initiated by the Terra Foundation for American Art that highlights the city’s artistic heritage and creative communities.