Alexander Eisenschmidt is a designer, theorist, and Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s School of Architecture. He directs the Visionary Cities Project, a research-based platform devoted to the contemporary city and speculations on new forms of architectural urbanism and collective housing, and he leads the architecture and urban design practice Studio Offshore. Eisenschmidt has published extensively, is the author of The Good Metropolis (2019), the editor of City Catalyst (2012), and numerous other volumes. His research and design works have been published and exhibited at international venues such as the Venice Biennale (2012), the Art Institute of Chicago (2014), the Lisbon Architecture Triennale in Portugal (2016), the Druker Design Gallery at Harvard’s GSD (2018), and the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism (2019).
Excerpts from a conversation between MAS Context and Alexander Eisenschmidt on a research project that he calls “At Home with the Collective” accompanied by a selection of work from a seminar and studio at UIC.