MAS Context Fall Talks 2023

A Lot With Little Opening Reception

October 26, 2023


Opening reception for A Lot With Little with London-based architect and curator Noemí Blager. The event will place at the Chicago office of SOM (224 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60604).


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Transformation of 530 Dwellings, Bordeaux, France, 2017–2018. Architects Lacaton & Vassal with Fréderic Druot and Christophe Hutin. Courtesy of Noemí Blager.

During the opening reception of A Lot With Little, guests will have an opportunity to watch an excerpt of the film as well as listen to a conversation with London-based architect and curator Noemí Blager. The event will start with opening remarks by representatives of MAS Context, Arper, and SOM.

“A Lot With Little presents the inspiring work of architects from both the Global North and the Global South. While the showcased projects respond to very different cultural, climatic, and socioeconomic realities, they are all conceived ethically and responsibly, with the future of the planet—our home—at its core.”
—Noemí Blager

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.

This event is related to the exhibition A Lot With Little on display at the Reading Room at MAS Context between October 26 and January 27, 2024.

A Lot With Little has been supported by Arper.

This event is a partner program of the 2023 Chicago Architecture Biennial.

Thanks to SOM for hosting this program.