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Welcome to Tribuneville: An Imaginary Vision of an Old Chicago That Could Have Been

June 17-December 30, 2024

MAS Context and 150 Media Stream are thrilled to co-present “Welcome to Tribuneville: An Imaginary Vision of an Old Chicago That Could Have Been” by architectural cartoonist Klaus.

The hand-drawn animation, installed on 150 Media Stream’s giant media wall—a 150 ft x 22 ft series of LED screens—features sixty of the most inventive building designs entered in the famed 1922 Chicago Tribune Tower architectural competition, as well as flying machines, elevated walkways, monorail tramways, and other fantastical details dreamed up by the artist.

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MAS Context Fall Talks 2022

Chicago Tribune Tower Competition at 100

Monday, November 21, 2022 at 12PM

Online event with Stewart Hicks, Klaus, and Katherine Solomonson coinciding with the centenary of the Chicago Tribune Tower competition.

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MAS Context Spring Talks 2018

Envisioning New Spatial Organizations

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at 6PM

On February 14, 2018, cartoonist Klaus, architect Stewart Hicks, and game developer William Chyr presented their work at the Envisioning New Spatial Organizations event that took place at the Chicago Design Museum. Below is an edited transcription of their presentations.

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MAS Context Spring Talks 2016

Analog 2016: Klaus

Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 6PM

Cartoonist Klaus lectures on the topic of Communication at MAS Context Analog 2016, an event that took place at Studio Gang Architects. The one-day event included presentations of emerging and established designers, a temporary bookstore, and an exhibition of the work of Studio Gang Architects.

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Chatter: Architecture Talks Back

April 11-July 12, 2015

Editor in chief Iker Gil was invited by Karen Kice, Neville Bryan Assistant Curator at the Art Institute of Chicago Department of Architecture and Design, to curate and design an installation in gallery 283 as part of the exhibition Chatter: Architecture Talks Back.

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In this issue we explore spaces of vigilantism, both historically and today. What are the spatial dimensions of vigilante encounters, segregation, violence, and exclusion, or conversely emancipation, liberation, and inclusion? Threshold, circulation, private vs. public, and other architectural delineations of space have become the subject of much controversy as footage of sexist and racist policing of these spaces emerge.

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Monthly Column

The Return of Michigan Central Station: Interrogating Nostalgia

Monthly column by Elizabeth Blasius

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Monthly Column

Restoring the Sears, Roebuck & Company’s Sunken Garden

Monthly column by Elizabeth Blasius

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Monthly Column

There’s A Place Called Kokomo (Opalescent Glass)

Monthly column by Elizabeth Blasius

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Monthly Column

Urban Exploration as Creative Practice

Monthly column by Elizabeth Blasius

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Monthly Column

Urban Archaeology: Lost Buildings of St. Louis

Monthly column by Elizabeth Blasius

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Monthly Column

Past, Present, and Future of the Sarasota School of Architecture

Monthly column by Elizabeth Blasius