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Absolve Yourself

       2011 ..  Structures for Inclusion Conference, Chicago .. Absolve Yourself: Socially Conscious Confessional directly confronts the phenomenon of  “social awareness” that has become the criteria for hipness in art, architecture and design, and asks creatives to confess their own involvement in the shades of hypocrisy that are inherent in this framing.  First launched as…

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Fenced In/Fenced out

2010 .. Architecture for Change Summit, University of Illinois-Chicago .. FIFO is an inquiry into affordable housing, an interactive project about the challenge of finding and keeping a roof over your head. Presented in association with the Architecture for Change Summit at UIC, the installation features people’s housing stories, collected from all over the city,…

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The Glue Factory – An Inquiry into the Fear of Growing Old

  2009 .. i Space Gallery, Chicago .. “Glue Factory” is an exploration of aging and the fear of growing old. Using the broadside as a framework for political and social commentary in the public realm, MCP invited artists, activist, teenagers and the elderly, individuals and collaborative teams from Chicago and across the United States…

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PLUG the Gap

2008 .. Design Competition .. Proposal to re-imagine the typical Phoenix strip mall and associated car culture as a PLUG: a locus for collecting and distributing solar energy for electrical cars. The successful Valley of the Sun strip mall will reposition itself as a PLUG, ready to meet the shifting transportation and resource needs of citiznes in…

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What do you fear? / House of Fear

2006 .. Ravenswood Art Walk .. In response to the media hate-mongering endemic during the George W Bush presidency, MCP organized a contemplative data-gathering installation called “What Do You Fear?” Our intent was to provide a safe semi-private space within our architecture office where visitors could respond to the question: “What Do You Fear?” During…

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Mayor’s Office for Voter Enfranchisement (MOVE)

2003 .. Gallery 400, University of Illinois-Chicago .. Agitprop “artifact” created by Helen Slade, featured in Speculative Chicago, a juried exhibition of innovative architectural proposals. In response to the unprecedented rate of fraudulent ballots in the General Election in Illinois in 2000, this imaginary news article reports the creation of a Mayoral design competition for…

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Yes, In My Back Yard?

1992-1997 .. Seattle, Spokane, and Richland, WA .. “Yes, In My Back Yard?” was a series of exhibitions and public projects presented as Nuclear Fieldwork. Through artworks, artifacts, and interviews, “Yes, In My Back Yard?” explored the social and environmental impact of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation on communities in Washington State including the Wannapum and…