About the program
Meet our architectural design/build contributors and learn more about their participatory design process co-creating sukkahs alongside their community organization partners. The panel discussion will be moderated by Nekita Thomas, a designer, educator at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and researcher dedicated to using design as a tool for social impact. Afterwards, extend your architectural experience of North Lawndale by participating in one of the building or garden tours that are part of Open House Chicago, the Chicago Architecture Center’s free annual event that provides behind-the-scenes access to architecturally, historically, and culturally significant sites. Stone Temple Baptist Church is one of the Open House Chicago sites, and will hold guided tours of the building (originally the First Roumanian Congregation synagogue) every half hour from 1:00–5:00 p.m.
Could Be Design
Chicago, United StatesWebsite
Could Be Design creates playful spaces that build solidarity among multiple communities. Directed by Joseph Altshuler and Zack Morrison, the Chicago- and Urbana-based design practice imagines the built environment as an animate being with agency of its own. From exuberant interiors to interactive public spaces, the practice positions architecture as an active character in the world, enacting a built environment full of vibrant color, shapely form, and intimate encounters. Could Be Design is a contributor to the 2023 cycle of Exhibit Columbus and one of the six winners of the 2023 Architectural League Prize for Young Architects + Designers, awarded by The Architectural League of New York. Could Be Design’s work has been exhibited at Miami Art Week, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Elmhurst Art Museum, and the Detroit Month of Design. Could Be Design also serves as the Artistic Director of the Chicago Sukkah Design Festival, a public art & architecture exhibition that includes multiple pavilion installations that celebrate cultural heritage, designed and built in partnership with community organizations in the North Lawndale neighborhood.