noun: palimpsest; plural noun: palimpsests
1.) a manuscript or piece of writing material on which the original writing has been effaced to make room for later writing but of which traces remain.
2.) something reused or altered but still bearing visible traces of its earlier form.
Under the derisive descriptor of Chicago as “flat” the city and its architecture host innumerable physical and mental layers. Like the form of the textual palimpsest, economy and resourcefulness may necessitate scraping away of what exists, but the traces of always remain on this single plane. Palimpsest represents the spatial and temporal continuity which when applied to the city resists readings of it as ever being one thing over another. Through Palimpsest, we hope to bring forth discussion of the mutually constituted nature of various disciplines and architecture.
FORUM CHICAGO TRACKS
Track 1: Palimpsest as Material Continuity
Exploring the ways in which we can experience architecture and sustainability as continuous in time and space, dealing with the entire life cycle of designing and building.
Track 2: Palimpsest as Architectural Language
Exploring how language enables us to see architecture as both form and theory; not stigmatizing architecture education/academicism or architectural practice but seeing them as one.
Track 3: Palimpsest as Rewriting of Archetypes
Exploring how health, especially in the current pandemic but also generally, is part of an unjust system; Architectural archetypes like prisons, schools, and hospitals as connected in the current system.
Track 4: Palimpsest as Reimagining
Exploring how we view history to focus on imagining new possibilities as opposed to thinking of returning to normal.