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November 6, 2008

For any Chicago-based Dwell readers looking for something to do this Saturday, November 8, I'm pleased to say that I'll be hosting a panel discussion there as part of this year's Chicago Humanities Festival. The uncommonly interesting panelists include Joseph Grima, Jeffrey Inaba, and Sam Jacob.

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Here's a basic description of what to expect:

Look abroad: Whole cities are planned, built, and inhabited in less than a generation. Artificial islands, indoor ski slopes, and the world’s tallest this-and-that are being constructed, not in the West, but in the Middle East, China, and beyond. The result: a sense that the West’s cities are falling behind and, increasingly, watching from the sidelines. A dynamic panel will discuss the accuracy of this assessment of today’s architectural situation. What are the urban implications of so-called offshoring audacity and how can the phenomenon be described without resorting to nationalism, nostalgia, or even uncritical celebration?

The panelists will be Joseph Grima, executive director of New York’s Storefront for Art and Architecture and author of Instant Asia; Jeffrey Inaba, principal architect, Inaba Projects, and professor of architecture at SCI-Arc and Columbia University; and Sam Jacob, visiting professor at Yale University and founding director, Fashion Architecture Taste, a London-based practice. The discussion will be moderated by Geoff Manaugh, author of BLDGBLOG and senior editor of Dwell magazine.

The panel, called Offshoring Audacity, lasts from 2:30–4:00pm, and it takes place at the Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark Street. There's a $5 entry fee. I hope some Chicago-based readers might stop by!

Image at top by OMA.

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