Issue 29


Graphic design by Normal

Welcome to our Bold issue. This issue features eighteen projects that explore new possibilities for the city of Chicago. Generated by both emerging and established Chicago-based architects and designers, these projects rethink the future of the city and, at the same time, explore the agency of the architect in shaping these scenarios. The projects, generated without a client, operate fully aware of the constraints and realities of Chicago with the intention to engage in fruitful conversations with public and private agencies to shape its future. Ultimately, while these projects focus on the city of Chicago, the ideas behind their architectural and urban strategies can open up new areas of exploration that can be extrapolated to diverse contexts. The projects featured in the issue were part of the exhibition BOLD: Alternative Scenarios for Chicago curated by Iker Gil and included in the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial.

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A Retroactive Introduction

Issue statement by Iker Gil, editor in chief of MAS Context

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BOLD: Alternative Scenarios for Chicago

Exhibition statement by Iker Gil, curator of BOLD: Alternative Scenarios for Chicago

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Make Bold Plans, or Something Along Those Lines

Notes on the BOLD identity by Renata Graw, Founder of Normal

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Reckoning with Vacancy

Project by David Schalliol

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Logistical Ecologies

Project by Hinterlands Urbanism and Landscape with MODUS Collective

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Filter Island

Project by UrbanLab

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The Big Shift

Project by PORT Urbanism

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Second Sun

Project by WEATHERS

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The High Life

Project by SOM and CAMESgibson

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The Available City

Project by David Brown

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Making Architecture That Heals

Project by 3D Design Studio

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Forum Pavilion

Project by Ania Jaworska

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Project by Central Standard Office of Design

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Chicago Boogie-Woogie

Project by Krueck + Sexton Architects

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South Chicago Collaborative

Project by Landon Bone Baker Architects

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Circle the Wagons: A Community Enclave

Project by Margaret McCurry, Tigerman McCurry Architects

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Cluster Container Housing for the Disabled

Project by Stanley Tigerman, Tigerman McCurry Architects

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BOLD Studio Visits and Panel Discussions

As part of the BOLD: Alternative Scenarios for Chicago exhibition, curator Iker Gil organized a series of weekly visits to architecture studios in Chicago

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Second City’s Second Coast

Competition organized by Perkins+Will