During this program, guests had the opportunity to watch presentations and a Q&A featuring practicing architects and designers engaged with social impact and adaptive reuse projects in Chicago.
Presenters included Paola Aguirre (Borderless), Max Komnenich (Lamar Johnson Collaborative), Darnell Shields (Austin Coming Together), Sana Syed, Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN) (pre-recorded presentation), and Ya Vaughn Harlston (Nia Architects). The presentations focused on the Aspire Center in Austin, the Overton Center for Excellence in Bronzeville, and Woods Academy The Regenerator in Englewood.
ABOUT A LOT WITH LITTLE
In a world where unpredictable events and natural disasters increasingly affect our living conditions, and where the building industry is responsible for nearly 40% of global carbon emissions, the responsibility of architects has never been as critical as it is today. Indifference to the overwhelming consequences of climate change is not an option. With limited time, money and resources at our disposal, we urgently need new sustainable ways to design and produce good architecture. An architecture led by societal needs, and made with the resources at hand, that responds to local culture, local economy and the environment. An architecture conceived ethically and responsibly, that cares for our future.
A Lot With Little showcases the work of international architects from both the Global North and the Global South, engaged in sustainable solutions for housing, education, transformation of existing buildings and disaster-relief. It features projects with a social dimension that have had a positive impact on the community. The contributing architects provide multiple interpretations of a common mindset, overcoming a lack of resources with creative ingenuity.
Through a multichannel film installation, we showcase selected projects in their existing settings, alongside insightful interviews with the architects themselves. This immersive experience allows visitors to grasp the design challenges and experience the feeling of inhabiting these spaces, instead of merely responding to their visual appeal.
Using films as the medium, we adopt a sustainable approach to presenting architecture without the need for physical object transportation or generating waste, making it fully accessible worldwide. Visitors will embark on an extraordinary journey, discovering the profound impact of architecture on our lives.
A Lot With Little has been curated by London-based architect and curator Noemí Blager and features films by Tapio Snellman. The exhibition has been supported by Arper.