The Poetics of Materials and Infrastructure

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“The Poetics of Materials and Infrastructure” day reflects the technological innovations of past and present that define the modern movement.

Morning Sessions 11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

The panel CROSSROADS OF AIR AND LAND expresses literally and metaphorically modern America as a network of crossroads; expressing the idealism, cultural connectivity and technological advancements of the times and embodying design innovations that contributed to the development of air and transportation planning worldwide.

Early Afternoon Sessions 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

The second panel FINDING RESILIENCE IN URBANISM AND INFRASTRUCTURE focuses on a diversity of urban artifacts that modern life has created by the needs of cities and their various networks. Standing in the way of modernization and caught in near-constant changes in operations, these structures are rarely missed or addressed in expansion or reconstruction plans yet, as they fall, they deserve acknowledgement and study as artifacts in the development of technology and the evolution of the aviation-age city. Whether it be public utility or park these structures create a designed landscape and commanding view of our city.

Late Afternoon Sessions 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

The final sessions of the day will follow with individual presentations on modern materials, with a focus on those often employed in infrastructure projects and used in various contexts and time periods such as concrete, and ceramics.

Tour 5:00 - 6:00 pm ET

Day Two wraps up with a virtual tour of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) campus, a Brutalist wonderland created by Walter Netsch and SOM between 1963 and 1968.

Chicago In-Person Happy Hour 7:00 - 8:30 pm CENTRAL

Featured Sponsor

Thank you to Perkins & Will for supporting the 2021 National Symposium.

Perkins & Will

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