Madlener House
4 West Burton Place
Chicago, Illinois 60610
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Mexico City-based architecture office Tatiana Bilbao Estudio creates an immersive installation that transforms a former domestic space to explore new forms of collectivity. The installation is activated by collaborative projects, on-site talks, and workshops throughout the run of the exhibition with Archeworks, Colectivo 1050º, Cultural ReProducers, Fieldwork Collaborative Projects, Stefan Gruber, Nance Klehm of Social Ecologies, Lurie Garden, MAS Context, Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, Sweet Water Foundation, The Weaving Mill, and Anna Martine Whitehead, among others.

Tatiana Bilbao
founded her Mexico City-based eponymous architecture studio in 2004. Her work analyzes site specificity and creates built environments through multidisciplinary and cross-cultural perspectives. She has taught as a visiting professor at the Yale School of Architecture, Harvard Graduate School of Design and Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. Bilbao’s work has been published in Architecture + Urbanism, GA Houses, Domus, and The New York Times, among other outlets.

Tatiana Bilbao Estudio creates work internationally at various scales, translating vernacular social codes into architecture, to develop affordable and sustainable architectural practices.  Highlighted projects in Mexico include: the Culiacán Botanical Garden; the Pilgrim Route, Jalisco; and the Biotechnological Center, Sinaloa. In 2015 the studio built the Sustainable House, a social housing prototype displayed at the Chicago Architectural Biennial. The work has been recognized widely with awards such as the Berlin Art Prize and the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture.


All events hosted at the Graham Foundation unless otherwise noted. Addtional details and registration instructions will be available soon. 

Portal Court
Cultural ReProducers with Alberto Aguilar (Family Program)
September 15, 1–3 p.m.

Local Soil Tasting & Salon
Nance Klehm (Workshop)
October 2, 1–3 p.m.

Making It What We Need
Cultural ReProducers with Christa Donner (Workshop)
October 12, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.

Marita Gomis: Casa Gomis / La Ricarda
MAS Context (Talk)
October 14, 6–8 p.m.

Second Nature (Out of Order)
Fieldwork Collaborative Projects (Workshop)
October 16, 1–3 p.m.

Sweet Water Foundation (Workshop)
October 23, 1–3 p.m.
Hosted by Sweet Water Foundation at the Perry Avenue Commons
5749 S Perry Avenue, Chicago

Kythzia Barrera Suárez, Diego Mier y Terán, and Maria Bautista Leon
Colectivo 1050°
November 5, 1–4 p.m. (Workshop)
November 6, 6–8 p.m. (Talk)

Unraveling Modern Living—From Domesticity to the Commons
Tatiana Bilbao
Butler-VanderLinden Lecture on Architecture at the Art Institute of Chicago
November 17, 6:30–8 p.m.
Presented in partnership with the Art Institute of Chicago & the Chicago Architecture Biennial
Rubloff Auditorium, 230 S Columbus Drive, Chicago

Archeworks (Workshop)
November 13, 12–2 p.m.

Macro Weave Workshop
The Weaving Mill (Family Program)
November 16, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.

An Atlas of Commoning: Spaces of Collective Production
Stefan Gruber (Talk)
November 21, 6–8 p.m.

Emily Francis Winter
The Weaving Mill (Talk)
December 5, 1–3 p.m.

Force Open Rehearsal Jam Session
Anna Martine Whitehead (Workshop)
December 14, 1:30–3 p.m.

Emmanual Pratt
Sweet Water Foundation (Talk)
January 9, 2020, 6–8 p.m.

This exhibition is presented in partnership with the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial.


Tatiana Bilbao Estudio, from "Unraveling Modern Living," digital collage, 2019