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Promising Developments: Designing Presents and Futures for the South Side

  • Experimental Station 6100 South Blackstone Avenue Chicago, IL, 60637 United States (map)

We invite you to join us at the Experimental Station on Wednesday, January 25, 9am-5pm, for Promising Developments: Designing Presents and Futures for the South Side. 

Organized by Terreform Center for Advanced Urban Research, The City College of New York and Experimental Station, this day-long conference/conversation will feature a host of South Side activists, planners and doers, all working to design a better future for our South Side communities. 

Presenters include Monica Chada (Civic Projects), C.W. Chan (Coalition for a Better Chinese-American Community), Naomi Davis (Blacks In Green), Dawveed Scully (SOM), Cathy Gerlach (Community Investment Corporation), Alex Goldenberg (Southside Together Organizing for Power), Jamie Kalven (Invisible Institute), Alden Loury (Metropolitan Planning Council), Jennifer Makelarski (Lindau Laboratory at the University of Chicago), Naomi Miller + Carson Poole (Place Lab), Natalie Moore (WBEZ), Stephen Ostrander (Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning), and Emmanuel Pratt (Sweet Water Foundation). 

Experimental Station is located at 6100 S. Blackstone Avenue and is accessible for persons with handicaps. Please enter through the red door on Blackstone.

Promising Developments is free and open to the public. We look forward to seeing you there!

Session One:
9:30 Connie Spreen, Introduction
9:40 Michael Sorkin, Opening Remarks
9:50 Natalie Moore, The South Side in Black and White
10:10 Alden Loury, Taking Advantage of Missed Opportunities on the South Side
10:30 Jamie Kalven, The Unmaking of Place
10:50 Discussion

Session Two:
11:20 Alex Goldenber, What is a Community Benefit?
11:35 Naomi Mille + Carson Poole, Ethical Redevelopment and the Chicago Arts + Industry Commons
12:00 Jennifer Makelarski, from Assets to Action
12:15 Cathy Gerlach, Safe Housing for Everyone
12:30 Discussion

1:00 Lunch

Session Three: 
2:00 Monica Chada, Incremental Change: Urban Activation in Englewood
2:15 C.W. Chan, Organizing to Plan Chinatown's Future
2:30 Stephen Ostrander, Chinatown Community Vision Plan
2:45 Discussion

Session Four:
3:15 Naomi Davis, The Sustainable Square Mile: West Woodlawn Botanic Gardens and Village Farm Initiative
3:30 Dawveed Scully, Death and Life of the U.S. Steel Site
3:45 Emmanuel Pratt, Regenerative Placemaking and The Perry Avenue Commons: Designing for People, Planet, and Profit
4:00 Discussion
4:30 Wrap Up

Discussion Moderators: Gordon Douglas, Michael Sorkin, and Vyjayanthi Rao

Earlier Event: January 14
January 14th Farmers Market
Later Event: February 11
February 11th Farmers Market