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Over the duration of the exhibition City Works, the models traveled throughout the gallery, visiting different parts of the panorama’s visionary history, and, finally, came together to create a new collective project of the city – one that is intended as Provocation for Chicago’s Urban Future.


Photo credits: Clare Britt

Collaborators: Alexander Eisenschmidt (contributing curator), David Brown, Studio GangStanley Tigerman, UrbanLab.

Press Coverage:

“Chicago Has Loads of Surreal, Never-Built Visionary Architecture,” The Atlantic

“City Works Envisions Chicago’s Dreams and Nightmares,” The Architect’s Newspaper

“City Works Exhibit Presses the Issue of Our Urban Potential,” Gwendolyn Purdom for Curbed Chicago

“Phantom Chicago: See the City’s Unbuilt Visionary Projects,” DesignBoom

“City Works: Provocations for Chicago’s Urban Future,” ArchDaily

“Alexander Eisenschmidt Explores Phantom Cities,” UIC News

“How I Built a Better City by Going Off the Grid,” Lynn Becker for Architecture Chicago Plus

“Direct from Venice! Provocations for Chicago’s Urban Future,” Architecture Chicago Plus

“City Works for Chicago’s Future,” Chicago Architect

“Chicago’s Cutting-Edge, Never-Built Architecture,” Chicago Business

“Back to Never Land: Chicago Exhibition Honors Remarkable Never-Builts,” Archinect

Special thanks to: The City of Chicago, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, for presenting and supporting City Works.

The exhibition was originally made possible by the generous support of: AIA Chicago, Chicago Architecture Foundation, College of Architecture and the Arts at the University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Driehaus Foundation, The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Illinois at Chicago, PolarGreen LLC, and School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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