Open House Chicago is one of the largest and most interesting events in the Chicago architecture calendar. With over 350 historic and significant buildings open to the public for a weekend, it is a chance for the public to fully engage in the art of building. For the 2019 Open House, Keefer will be volunteering at the UE Union Hall - a home of grassroots activism and rank and file union struggle in the city. Come check it out! More info here.
Shout out to our friends at Union Halls for making this one come together!
This October Buildigns on Air is doing a special episode on Chicago’s Rivers in collaboration with the Tender House Project - THP imagines the potential of Chicago’s iconic bridgehouses, proposing that these underutilized infrastructures are civic hubs that breathe new life into the Chicago River and its banks. At a moment when there is growing interest in developing the Chicago River, envisioning alternate uses for vacant bridgehouses provides a pathway to the historic preservation of these unique structures while offering a new and exciting platform for cultural and community engagement.
The episode features Patrick McBriarty of Chicago Maritime Arts, Ward Miller of Preservation Chicago, Mejay Gula of Tender House Project, Joanne So Young Dill and John Quail of Friends of the Chicago River, and Chloe Gurin-Sands of Metropolitan Planning Council.
Listen in on Apple Podcasts, our mixcloud page, or find the episode under the radio tab of this website!
On September 13, ArchiteXX's traveling exhibition, Now What?! Advocacy, Activism & Alliances in American Architecture since 1968 will open at Chicago’s Co-Prosperity Sphere. Now What?! shows how the civil rights, women’s, and LGBTQ movements impacted every facet of US society, including architecture and design. On view in Chicago through October 2, 2019, the exhibition links the Chicago design community to the larger social and political movements of the late 20th century and foregrounds design practice while engaging viewers in critical conversations around history, progress, and the built environment.
Keefer is acting as the Chicago Liaison for the show, helping coordinate local logistics and partnerships, and some of the amazing programming!
Following on many semesters of successful courses at School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Keefer returns to the classroom this week. This semester, he will be teaching elective courses centered on bridging the conceptual gap between architectural poetics and technics, as well as running a course in the introduction to architectural design sequence. The office will remain open and working throughout the course of the semester, albeit with modified hours.
Keefer will be digitally presenting a paper at the 2019 Interstices conference, which is themed on “Political Matters: Spatial Thinking of the Alternative.” Keefer will be presenting a paper discussing the shortcomings of solutionist approaches to social ills, and what alternative approaches might exist. More info here.
The latest issue of the student and alumni led UC Berkeley architecture journal Room 1000 is out! The issue, titled Material, features a fantastic list of contributors and comes at a moment where contemplating the stuff of buildings has a renewed urgency. Keefer contributed an article titled “Insulation and Ideology: Politicizing the Technical Space of Architecture” arguing for a need to bring architectural technics back into the fold of criticality.
In October Keefer will be heading west - way west! - to speak on architects, activism, and organizing at the 2019 convergence of the Australasian Student Architecture Congress in Christchurch, New Zealand. Stay posted for details, and click through to the DISSENT website to learn more!
This June, Keefer and other members of the Architecture Lobby, including Peggy Deamer, will speak at AIA San Francisco’s 2019 conference entitled NEXT/GEN ARCHITECTURE. The talk will discuss the positive relationship between unionization rates and housing affordability. More information here.
In 2017 I co-founded Pigeon Studio with Ferdinand Kuznik — in 2019 I will begin a new adventure by focusing on teaching and working as a sole practitioner! Read the full statement from me and Ferdinand below:
Friends, Colleagues, and Clients
Thank you all for following Pigeon Studio’s work over the past two years. It is with a mix of sadness and excitement that we announce Keefer will be leaving Pigeon this year to focus on developing his teaching career. Moving forward, he will be accepting a small number of commissions each year as a sole practitioner. He will stay on to wrap up the existing projects he is involved with but will be winding down his involvement with the studio immediately. Ferdinand Kuznik will continue operating Pigeon Studio, narrowing the scope of the firm to focus primarily on aesthetics-forward real-estate development while continuing the attentive client service we’ve worked hard to provide since our launch in 2017.
As architects, we spend our time constantly balancing visions of what is possible with actual circumstances. Our original vision for Pigeon Studio — of a nimble, collaborative design practice that is multifaceted without compromise — still remains. However, our personal circumstances and immediate interests have changed. It is our mutual hope that further down the road the possibility of carrying out this original vision will reemerge.
In the meantime, we are both excited about our next steps and look forward to sharing our respective journeys with all of you.
With hope for new beginnings,
Keefer Dunn, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ferdinand Kuznik, email@example.com
Pigeon Studio Co-Founders
On February 28th Keefer will be at the IIT Career Fair in Herman Hall from 12-4pm representing the Architecture Lobby and talking to job-seeking students about knowing their rights as an employee, avoiding unsavory employers, and negotiating better compensation and conditions!