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Tiny Desk

Tiny Desk by NPR. Photo: Alex Breskanu.

Washington DC, United States


Intimate video performances, recorded live at the desk of NPR’s Bob Boilen.

CAB 5 Contribution

Project Overview

Tiny Desk

In 2008, Bob Boilen, the host of NPR’s All Songs Considered initiated  the first Tiny Desk Concert after struggling to hear the music at South by Southwest. Since its inception, Tiny Desk has hosted more than 1000 concerts and attracted more than 2 billion views on YouTube. This delightful transformation of a mundane workstation challenges the conventions of the intended function of designed objects, architectures, and infrastructures. Must form and function exist in reciprocity, or can inspiration emerge through a different relationship? The inclusion of Tiny Desk also references the floors of workstations as the rejuvenation of the Thompson Center occurs and raises questions about the kind of office monocultures that have, until recently, typified urban centers.


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James R. Thompson Center


100 W Randolph St., Chicago, IL, 60601


The Loop


Made possible by The Prime Group, Capri Investment Group, and Google, the James R. Thompson Center serves as a site for exhibitions and site-specific installations as part of CAB 5. Hailed as one of Chicago’s postmodern architectural marvels, the Helmut Jahn-designed building will open to the public through the end of the year.

The City is the Site