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October 4, 2001 Contact: Amanda Mazur (312) 996-7681; amazur@uic.edu


The University of Illinois at Chicago's School of Architecture and the UIC College of Architecture and the Arts are hosting the "Chicago is History" conference Oct. 18-22. The conference, which is open to the public, will feature keynote lectures by internationally renowned architects Daniel Libeskind, Julie Eizenberg and Henk Döll.

"For much of its history, Chicago has been a city internationally known and respected as a site for innovation and experimentation in the making of modern architecture," said Charles Waldheim, director of graduate studies in the School of Architecture at UIC. "This conference will explore how this environment thrived for over a century and whether or not this environment still exists today."

"The city of Chicago is undergoing a great urban renaissance, but architecture seems to have been left behind," said Katerina Ruedi, director of the School of Architecture. "Everyone has to work together to make a really great city. One of the questions we need to ask ourselves is who are the people that need to come together in order to foster an innovative architectural culture."

The conference will focus on the social, economic, political and architectural culture that made some of Chicago's great buildings possible. Examples of innovative architecture in other cities will be explored and the cultural conditions and public processes underlying their success examined.

Events from Oct. 18 to 21 will be held in the Bank One Auditorium of the Bank One Plaza at the corner of Monroe and Dearborn. The concluding session and keynote lecture on Oct. 22 will be held at UIC's Chicago Circle Center, 750 S. Halsted St.

The event schedule is as follows:

Thursday, Oct. 18
Keynote Lecture: Daniel Libeskind, 6 p.m.
Libeskind's built work includes the renowned and newly opened Berlin Jewish Museum and the Felix Nussbaum Haus in Osnabrück.

Friday, Oct. 19
Keynote Lecture:
Julie Eizenberg, 6 p.m.
Eizenberg won one of the two small schools design competitions held in Chicago last year and is president of Koning Eizenberg, a Santa-Monica-based, woman-owned architecture and planning firm.

Saturday, Oct. 20
Presentations and Panel Discussions:
"Is Chicago History? - Modern Architecture and Design Innovation in Chicago," 8:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 21
Presentations and Panel Discussions:
"What is the Role of the Public Sector - Design Innovation in North America and Europe," 8:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 22
Presentations and Panel Discussions:
"Design Review: Help or Hindrance?-Design Regulations and Review in Affordable Housing," 2:30-5:30 p.m.

Keynote Lecture: Henk Döll, 6 p.m.
Döll is an architect with experience in housing, urban development, landscaping, public spaces and buildings and interiors and restoration. Recent projects include housing in Holland, Germany and the Czech Republic, and the renowned library at the Delft Institute of Technology.

The "Chicago is History" conference is supported by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, the Susan and Robert Wislow Foundation, the Chicago Development Council, the Chicago Architecture Foundation, the Chicago Historical Society, AIA Chicago, Bank One and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.

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