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Through events, activations, installations

we build awareness, enable open dialogues and spark collective imagination about the future of social infrastructure in our city.

September 21, 2019

Photos by Sandra Steinbrecher

During the summer of 2019, Overton was opened up for a series of Activation Days during which architects, artists, and community members were welcomed into the space to learn about the space and work on installations around the premises. Af...

July 27, 2019

On Saturday, July 27th, we held our second public activation for Process(ing) Transformation. This time around, a total of five teams and a few volunteers came to collaborate, each team being at different stages of the design and installation process. 

Be...

From July 15th to 19th, Creative Grounds and Chicago Architecture Biennial, hosted a bootcamp week for architects, designers, and artists from around the world who will be showcasing their work at Overton in September as part of the Architecture Biennial 2019 and Proce...

July 15, 2019

On Monday, July 15th, teens from the Chicago Architecture Foundation's Neighborhood Teen Ambassadors program visited former Overton School. As part of their place-based research program, teens visit historic buildings and culturally-important sites throughout Bronzevil...

July 6, 2019

On Saturday, July 6th, Creative Grounds hosted the first of three public activations of 2019. 

It was a hot summer day and we were ready to get messy with our spray paints and markers, necessary for prototyping for the Bronzeville map installation, planned to be finishe...

July 2, 2019

On May 8th, our class, Process(ing) Transformation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, finished with an optimistic note for what's to come, thanks to guest reviewers and peers who gave critical feedback for our design intervention framework proposal for Anth...

May 1, 2019

On Tuesday, April 16th, after weeks of prototyping and fine tuning, the long awaited Dimensions of Citizenship : Ain't You Heard - What Happens to a Dream Deferred? finally happened. 


Before the official start at 6pm, the Dream Team consisting of Valerie Wong, Julia Lo...

April 24, 2019

After a summer-long collaboration with Creative Grounds' 8x3: Art + Architecture Summer activations, I decided to produce an iteration of the analog closed school tracking system I had been working on - a book.

first iteration: Chicago XL (photo: Brandon Fields)

 second...

April 24, 2019

Finally on a warm spring day in Chicago, we get to enjoy the great outdoors at Anthony Overton Elementary School. Our site visit was more than average with surprising visits and a spontaneous interview with Lefty.

We began the day by introducing our work to a visiting c...

April 15, 2019

Student review with guests at the Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects (SAIC).

After four weeks of intense preparation, the second review for our Process(ing) Transformation course at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago finally...

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