Oct 5th 2019

A critical exploration of urban space exploring how space & place intersect with memory & justice.

This event is presented as part of the Chicago Architecture Biennial.

What is the “social architecture” that holds communities together? How does memory define a place? Who makes culture today? How is prejudice embedded in urban space? Why must policy-makers defend places built by immigrants and refugees?

Explore this and more on a critical walking tour exploring the past and present of Uptown’s Argyle Street. From Jewish enclave, to dis-invested slum – to a gentrifying, queer, and diverse melting pot – Argyle has many lessons to offer, but will anyone heed the warnings before this magical place is gone? And why do urban planners seem intent in repeating mistakes versus learning from successes?


“Some who are fortunate enough to have communities still do fight to keep them, but they have seldom prevailed. While people possess a community, they usually understand that they can’t afford to lose it; but after it is lost, gradually even the memory of what was lost is lost.”

― Jane Jacobs

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