within / without exposes the material section of the Chicago underground. Chicago’s Pedway system is an immense below grade piece of infrastructure, spanning the length of approximately forty Chicago blocks. It often disappears into the background as simply a utilitarian means of sheltered travel. Massive parking structures beneath Millennium Park and Maggie Daley Park are also hidden in plain sight beneath the ground surface. The unsung hero of these infrastructural marvels is Geofoam; a lightweight structural material used to infill the void between earth and built matter without the added weight of soil. This project aims to spotlight an unseen and purely functional tool by misusing it as a spatial device.
*Following the exhibition, the Geofoam blocks will be recirculated into the line of production to be reused on future project sites in Chicago.
table of co. is a cloud-based, multidisciplinary architecture and design studio located in New Orleans, San Francisco, and Adelaide. We are equal parts academics, researchers, and practitioners, working across various scales, ranging from digital media to the built environment. table of co. is: Omar Ali, Nimet Anwar, Johanna Faust, and Roland Faust, assisted by Yoojin Park.