The “Ceres, Public Housing and DuSable’s Cabin: Architecture as Texts in Chicago” panel explores cities and urban landscapes as expressions of history, culture and life. Architecture and edifices communicate sociocultural ideas and history. How do buildings, structures or urban spaces as pedagogy in art, architecture or design curricula impact architecture as a professional career option? Consider for instance a professor of art, architecture and public spaces who teaches students to consider correlations of the art deco Ceres, “a faceless metal statue” atop the Chicago Board of Trade Building and the Renaissance style Colonna dell’Abbondanza (Column of Abundance) goddess in Florence. How are topics of diversity, equity or inclusion in architecture relevant? Inceptions of public housing in Chicago highlight buildings and urban spaces as cultural hegemony relative to racism and political and economic power. This panel further specifies Chicago public housing sites as semiotics of a “culture of Black American urban poverty” and well intentioned social scientific and postmodernist “International Style” design projects. Yet another example of architecture as text considers silenced histories of cities and urban landscapes.​​​​​​​
Lerone Bennet’s “Jean Baptiste Point DuSable: The Black Man Who Founded Chicago” details the life of a free person of color who cultivated 30 acres of land and a squared log cabin “on the banks of the Checagou river.” The interior furnishings included a fireplace, French walnut cabinet and numerous oil paintings. Bennet recreated measurements of the home’s exterior and outbuildings. What symbols of history, culture and life of Chicago could be reimagined in a living history site of the DuSable’s cabin? In what ways do dialogues of Ceres, Public Housing and DuSable’s Cabin as architectural texts promote community engagement and social justice as sustainable elements of cities and urban landscapes? (1)
(1) Horwitz, Linda D. “FLORENCE AND CHICAGO: Material Culture and Cities as Texts.” Faculty as Global Learners: Off-Campus Study at Liberal Arts Colleges, by Joan Gillespie et al., Lever Press, Mountain View, 2020, pp. 279, 278–282 and BROWN, MARISA ANGELL. 
“Integration by Design: Bertrand Goldberg, Stanley Tigerman, and Public Housing Architecture in Postwar Chicago.” Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, vol. 76, no. 2, 2017, pp. 218, 218–238. and Bennett Jr., Lerone. Jean Baptiste Point DuSable: The Black Man Who Founded Chicago, Unpublished Personal Copy, Undated.
Panel Biographies 
Lee Bey '01 is member of the Chicago Sun-Times editorial board, where he shapes the newspaper’s position on a range of issues including urban planning, land use, politics. 
He is also a photographer, writer, consultant and lecturer whose work deals in the documentation and interpretation of the built environment—and the often complex political, social and racial forces that shape spaces and places. 
Bey is the author of Southern Exposure: The Overlooked Architecture of Chicago’s South Side (Northwestern University Press, October 2019), a book that showcases his architectural and social commentary and his architectural photography. 
An adjunct professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture, Bey teaches a class based on his book. The class examines how race shapes architecture and urban planning on Chicago’s South Side and other communities of color across the country. 

Author of Southern Exposure: The Overlooked Architecture of Chicago’s South Side. Northwestern University Press 
Carol Corr has 25+ years of design, development, management, construction, strategy, and risk experience, currently focusing on standing up organization-wide initiatives that reduce risk. She has worked on a range of building type including high tech, commercial, laboratories, affordable housing, and healthcare.
Carol currently partners with groups across Kaiser Permanente (KP), standing up risk-based operational and strategic Initiatives. She leverages her KP experience and design subject matter expertise to address design, process and equity, inclusion and diversity risks across KP.
Carol joined KP in 2005, where she played a major role in the Template Hospital Program, enabling KP to deliver nine hospitals in twelve years as the Design Program Manager for Facilities Planning and Design. Carol also developed tools and processes to improve design and construction processes across KP.
Carol received her Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis, and her Master of Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley. She is a licensed architect in the state of California, is a LEED Green Associate, Associate Improvement Advisor and ILEaD certified.
One of Carol’s passions is community service. She believes we are put on this earth to contribute; always learn, always put yourself in the other person’s shoes. Carol is a Board Member of the San Francisco Community Design Center and an ACE Mentor. She is a supplemental exam developer for the California Architects Board and a member of a Construction Industry Institute research team. She previously sat on the Board of Directors of the SF American Institute of Architects, as well as multiple committees of the American Institute of Architects California Council, and served as an advisory committee member for the Center for Health Design.
Todd Palmer is a design leader, cultural planner, and curator with more than 25 years of experience shaping public platforms that connect innovation to heritage, catalyze civic dialogue and advance social change. As the Executive Director of the 2017 and 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial he steered a start-up platform to become a recognized force for collective local benefit with global reach. The two Biennial editions supported creative and interdisciplinary architectural experiments in the context of public learning (reaching 1 million participants), while addressing urgent world challenges, from the troubling amnesias of new technologies, to spatial equity and social inclusion. Previously, as the Associate Director and Curator of the National Public Housing Museum, Palmer facilitated planning and public engagement that buttressed grassroots efforts to preserve and rehabilitate a community site in Chicago as a cultural framework for confronting poverty.
Trained as an architect, and following extensive exhibition design and museum planning commissions, Todd has exhibited at the Studio Museum in Harlem, executed public artworks for the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, written for The Avery Review and taught at New York University School of Professional Studies. He engages frequently in public, professional and scholarly contexts speaking to and reflecting on concerns spanning museums, heritage, social questions, cities and the built environment. Todd holds an MArch degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation (New York) and a BA summa cum laude from Princeton University in the History & Theory of Architecture.
Reginald B. Wilson is an Adjunct Faculty Member Columbia College Chicago: Design Department, Interior Architecture Program. He is practicing architect and entrepreneur. Reginald founded, developed, and directed the Architecture Studio Camp, a summer architectural camp in partnership with the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago; the camp enrolls thirty 6th – 11th graders each summer.

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