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City/Cité: Urban Inconsistency | Sept 6, 2023


L'arche de la Dhuys - Clichy-sous-Bois - 2019 © Feda Wardak

Illinois Institute of Technology
Crown Hall - Lower Center Cove
3360 S State Street
Chicago, US 60616

September 6, 2023 | Noon - 1pm


Villa Albertine Chicago and the College of Architecture – Illinois Institute of Technology gives the floor on Wednesday Sept 6 at noon to architect, builder, independent researcher and Villa Albertine resident Feda Wardak in a conversation with Associate Professor Maria Villalobos, Director of the Landscape Architecture + Urbanism Program, discussing water, nature, climate change, inequalities, cities, and the experimentation of community-based project in France, Afghanistan and United States

These “water machines” comprise technical, sensory, and hydraulic landscape installations that borrow water from an existing network and channel it to the artwork, before sending it back. By attaching to an existing network rather than existing in isolation, my work becomes included in a common system in order to reveal its shortcomings. These water machines aim to make the paths of water legible and visible, such that civil society can better understand them and, to a certain extent, control how they are managed. In this way, the notion of the common good becomes more meaningful, as water can then assume the status of resource, medium for play, political object to be decontaminated, transformative material, nourishment to be consumed…

This event is part of Villa Albertine’s City/Cité conference series organized in partnership with the College of Architecture – Illinois Institute of Technology during the Chicago Architecture Biennial. 

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The College of Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology

The College of Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology builds on a legacy of disciplined experimentation in materials and technologies to educate and inspire the next generation of architects and landscape architects. From its landmark campus and home at S. R. Crown Hall, IIT Architecture champions an interdisciplinary approach to education and research that is simultaneously local and global in its impact.IIT Architecture students are educated to address complex, contemporary challenges of designing and constructing across all scales. Both faculty and students enjoy a longstanding relationship with professional practice in Chicago, a city with a vibrant history of innovation in architecture, design, landscape architecture, and urbanism.

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Chicago Architecture Biennial

The Chicago Architecture Biennial (CAB) is dedicated to creating an international forum on architecture and urbanism. It produces year-round programs and a biennial exposition of city-wide activations for a diverse audience of designers, educators, advocates, and students. CAB’s mission is to engage and inspire professional and public audiences,  highlight the transformative power of architecture and envision a future for the field that is equitable and sustainable.


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Ateliers Médicis

Located in Clichy-sous-Bois and Montfermeil, in the Seine-Saint-Denis department, the Ateliers Médicis endeavors to promote new and diverse artistic voices. Its artistic residencies, open to artists working in any artistic field, support the creation of works conceived in collaboration with French territories and fosters encounters between artists and inhabitants.


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