Design With Company (Dw/Co) is a design adventure begun by Stewart Hicks and Allison Newmeyer. From the home base of Chicago, they collaborate—as the name implies—with allied people and institutions to design a more richly engaging environment. This takes the form of textual and visual stories, speculative urban scenarios, installations and small-scale interactive constructions. The work has been featured in exhibitions such as the Chicago Architecture Biennial and Design Miami, as well as at the V&A and Tate Modern in London. Writings can be found in the coauthored book Misguided Tactics for Propriety Calibration (Graham Foundation, 2015), as well as essays in MONU magazine, the AIA journal Manifest, Log, bracket, and the guest-edited issue of MAS Context on the topic of character in architecture.
Stewart Hicks is an Associate Professor and Associate Dean at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He leads design studios throughout the curriculum and teaches history/theory lecture courses. Prior to UIC, he taught at the University of Michigan and the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and held the Hyde Chair of Excellence at the University of Nebraska and masterclass teaching fellowship at Lawrence Technological University. He also runs the popular youtube channel “Architecture with Stewart” with around 300,000 subscribers and over 24 million views.
Allison Newmeyer a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Newmeyer has lectured at institutions including MoMA in New York, the Vancouver Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Graham Foundation, and universities across the country and abroad. Recent awards include a Graham Foundation grant award as well fellowships at the MacDowell Colony and Ragdale Artist Colony.
Concéntrico is Logroño’s International Festival of Architecture and Design that proposes to reflect on the urban environment and the city. The latest edition, Concéntrico 08, was held from September 1 to September 6, 2022.
The Festival invites visitors to tour the city through installations, exhibitions, meetings, activities, and performances that create a connection between the venues, squares, streets, courtyards, and hidden spaces that usually go unnoticed in their daily lives.
Since 2015, the festival has brought together over 100 urban installations created by teams of Spanish and international architects and designers who experiment with new fields of environmental design. In this way, a dialogue is established between the city, heritage, and contemporary architecture that activates citizens’ reflections on these spaces.
For more information, please visit the official website.