Visual Arts

Banking on a Bank

The Stony Island Arts Bank opens for… what, exactly?

Photo by Sara Pooley, Courtesy of Rebuild Foundation.

Gates has in recent years originated several structures on the South Side. This latest one is the largest, and has the highest profile and the best story.

Housing | Lit

High-Rises on the Horizon

An interview with Professor Lawrence J. Vale



The shadow of Cabrini-Green looms large over Lawrence J. Vale’s life and career. He grew up in a high-rise a few streets down from the infamous development, and has spent his life trying to understand and help others to understand how public housing has marginalized huge swaths of the American population. In his fourth book, “Purging the Poorest: Public Housing and the Design Politics of Twice-Cleared Housing,” he tackles the histories of Cabrini-Green in Chicago and the Techwood Homes in Atlanta. Vale is a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he is also the director of the Resilient Housing Initiative. We got the chance to speak with Professor Vale about what design politics are, the current problems of public housing, and the future of the American poor. Continue reading

Features | Hyde Park | Visual Arts

End to End

On the eve of a demolition, remembering twenty-five years of Hyde Park back-alley graffiti



Here’s the romantic version: Mario Gonzalez, Jr., aka Zore, was hanging out across from the Museum of Science and Industry one day in 1989 when he was approached by a couple of kids. They were all at a gathering for Chi-Rock Nation, an organization that aims to create outlets for young people to be creative and artistic—the “Rock” is for Respect Our Creative Kids. The pair introduced themselves: Desie and Sensei. Continue reading