Past Event

Chicagoisms: The City as Catalyst for Urban Speculation

Chicago’s cityscape is renowned for its innovative designs and construction techniques.

This event showcases the recent anthology Chicagoisms: The City as Catalyst for Urban Speculation, which unveils Chicago’s unique architectural history. Chicagoisms understands architecture not only as a product of Chicago’s culture, but also as a player in developing it. It defines architecture as a practice of identifying and deploying conceptual, visual, structural, behavioral, and material patterns in the world.

Following a presentation of the book by the editors (Alexander Eisenschmidt and Jonathan Mekinda), a panelist of architects. For a list of confirmed participants, please contact Alexander Eisenschmidt via email at

This event is free and open to the public.
However, registration is required and can be made online.

This event is presented by the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago as part of The Collaborative City, a program of the Illinois Humanities Council, in partnership with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE).



If you need a sign interpreter or require other arrangements to fully participate, please call 312.422.5580 at least 72 hours prior to the event. For parking locations near the facility, please visit