October 8th UIUC Lecture Title: 'I know it's only urbanism, but I like it.'
PORT Architecture + Urbanism Firm Profile:
PORT Architecture + Urbanism is a leading-edge urban design and research practice based in Chicago.
Established by Christopher Marcinkoski and Andrew Moddrell as a speculative urban research collaboration, PORT has evolved into one the most innovative urban design consultancies operating in the U.S. today. PORT synthesizes expertise in architecture, urbanism, landscape and planning to develop innovative solutions to design challenges at every scale of the urban landscape. The work looks to leverage the latent potentials embedded within a diverse range of urban circumstances to produce new forms of collective space and urban public realm.
The practice is the recipient of numerous design awards, including mentions or finalists in multiple Van Alen Institute competitions (Urban Voids - 2006, Gateway National Park - 2007, and Life at the Speed of Rail - 2011); First Prize in the 2010 FORMCities Design Competition for its 'Re-Cultivating the Forest City' project; a unanimous First Prize in the UCLA/cityLAB WPA 2.0 Infrastructural Design Competition in 2009 for its 'Carbon T.A.P.//Tunnel Algae Park' project; and a 2004 International Bauhaus Award for research into 'Combinatory Urbanisms.'
PORT's design work and research has been exhibited and published internationally in a number of journals and books, among them Praxis 13 - Eco-Logics; A+T In Common (Spain); Gateway: Visions for an Urban National Park (Princeton Architectural Press); Landscape Architecture China; Metropolis Magazine; Concept Magazine (Korea); and 20|20: Editorial Takes On Architectural Discourse (Architectural Association Publications).