Trickle Up:

The Scale of Water in Chicago

Trickle Up:

The Scale of Water in Chicago

Wednesday December 18, 2013 - 6pm

In addition to indexing the repercussions of human influenced climate change, water has also been the subject (and medium) of a tradition of city-making impulses which Chicago has certainly followed. The current climate crisis is an opportunity to once again re-shape our understanding of the city.

At one end of the scale, water issues quickly surpass typical boundaries of jurisdiction and governance, trickling up to define and impact unexpectedly larger territories. At a smaller scale, individual and community actions begin to increasingly weigh in outside the systems of big infrastructure. This discussion among some of the city’s leading thinkers on water will address the repercussions of actions from one scale to another.


Claire Cahan, Studio Gang
Phil Enquist, FAIA, Partner in Charge of Urban Design and Planning, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Martin Felsen, Principal of UrbanLab
Antonio Petrov, Assistant Professor at UTSA's College of Architecture and Co-Director of the Chicago Expander program at Archeworks
Frances Whitehead, Civic practice artist and Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago


Iker Gil, Director, MAS Studio and Co-Director, Chicago Expander program at Archeworks
Joshua G. Stein, Principal, Radical Craft


This series of discussions around water issues is organized by the Chicago Expander program at Archeworks and Joshua Stein, in collaboration with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP and the Chicago Architecture Foundation.


Chicago Architecture Foundation
224 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60604