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Dedicated to Architecture and Cities: Pavillon de l’Arsenal | Oct 12, 2023


@ Villa Albertine

@ Villa Albertine Chicago

Chicago Architecture Center
Grand Lecture Hall
111 E Wacker Dr
Chicago, IL, 60601

October 12, 2023 | 4:00 pm


Meet-and-greet with Marion Waller, Director of the Pavillon de l’Arsenal in Paris and author of Natural Artefacts. This program includes networking and discussion about current and upcoming projects of the Pavillon de l’Arsenal. Hosted by Michael Wood, Senior Curator of the Chicago Architecture Center.

As Architecture shapes cities and urban landscapes, its institutions often encompass different perspectives on society. In a rapidly evolving world, these institutions also face unique contemporary challenges, tackling the issues of sustainability, inclusivity, or the need to preserve a cultural heritage, to name a few. This event will shed a new light on these institutions’ evolving typography.

Advance registration is required. More information here

Note: This program is intended for staff of architecture and design organizations, as well as professionals who frequently collaborate with architecture and design organizations.

About the speakers:

Marion Waller is a curator and urbanist, formerly advising the Mayor of Paris on urban planning, with particular responsibility for architecture, heritage and the transformation of public space. From 2014 to 2020, while in the office of Jean-Louis Missika, Deputy Mayor of Paris in charge of urban planning and architecture, she worked on the launch and implementation of the “Réinventer Paris” call for innovative urban projects. She studied philosophy at the Ecole Normale Supérieure and urban affairs at Sciences Po. She is the Director of the Pavillon de l’Arsenal, Europe’s leading center for architecture and urban planning, where city planning and its architectural achievements are made accessible to all. In addition to this position, she lectures at a number of institutions, teaches urban planning at Sciences Po Paris and École Polytechnique, and previously taught environmental ethics at Université Paris-Est. in 2016, she published Natural Artefacts, an essay on environmental philosophy devoted to the challenges of ecological restoration.

Michaël Wood has been Senior Curator of the Chicago Architecture Center since 2015, producing year-round schedule of architecture tours, exhibitions, public lectures and courses, festivals and design education programes for K-12 students and educators. He is also Executive Director of the Association of Architecture Organizations since 2010, and holds a B.A in Philosophy from Colorado College (1993-1997).

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Chicago Architecture Center

The Chicago Architecture Center is the leading organization devoted to celebrating and promoting Chicago as a center of architectural innovation. As Chicago’s forum for the exchange of ideas on urban design, the CAC inspires people to participate in the building of vibrant communities and to demand the highest standard in urban design. The CAC awakens young people to achieve their potential through the discovery of architecture, engineering and design.

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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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Pavillon de l’Arsenal

The Pavillon de l’Arsenal is an information, documentation, and exhibition center for urban planning and architecture in Paris and the Paris metropolitan. The center will present the In the Banlieues exhibition from June 15 to the end of August 2022. For more information, visit the Pavillon de l’Arsenal on Facebook at @PavillonArsenal.

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