Let's Meet at the Crossroads


The site of Chicago has been recognized as a crossroads not only for transport, but for its place at the intersection of architecture, culture, and technological change. The notion of "crossroads" reflects not only physical intersections but also a place in time where change itself has a rippling effect. How have transformations in cities and communities evolved to adapt the means and methods of preserving the modern? Are we currently at a Crossroads? Can contemporary issues of sustainable and equitable, connected communities, and resilient regions support this preservation? What level of intervention within the often-narrow confines of preservation is needed to extend the lifespan of the modern built environment? How late is modern?

Each day of our 2021 virtual symposium will feature moderated presentation panels along with individual presentations divided amongst four thematic session days. Each day concludes with a virtual tour of four essential crossroads of Chicago’s architectural time and space.

All event times are listed in Eastern Time Zone. 



Unnofficial Symposium Kickoff with Chicago MAKERS & SHAKERS Mart

Tuesday Day One - Modern at the Crossroads

Wednesday Day Two - Materials and Infrastructure

Thursday Day Three - Live Study and Play

Friday Day Four - Glass Boxes and Beyond