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Reimagining the Resident-Government Relationship

May 3, 2022
3:30-5:30pm CST
Institute of Design (ID)
3137 South Federal Street 2nd floor
Chicago, IL 60616
How can the city of Chicago engage equitably with citizens? Can we reimagine government systems to value sustainability? Students present.

How can the city of Chicago engage equitably with its citizens? How can governmental systems be remodeled to value equity, sustainability, and the resident-government relationship? Join us to listen, engage, and explore future possibilities for Chicago.

With the guidance of ID faculty Carlos Teixeira, Christopher Rudd and Ruth Schmidt, students in ID's Sustainable Solutions Workshop have spent the past four months researching, strategizing, and speculating about how the inequities faced disproportionately by BIPOC, Latinx, and low-income residents can be eradicated through public interventions.

In April, students held a midterm forum with Anthena Gore of Elevate, ID Professor Mark Jones, and City Clerk’s Office Director of Policy Danish Purtaza to discuss initial ideas. Since then, students have formulated an all-encompassing report and interactive presentation to walk attendees through their final ideas. These ideas are speculative futures for Chicago and its residents. Attendees are welcome to give their input and ideate, or just experience the new visions of Chicago.

Food and beverages will be provided. Attendees must bring proof of vaccination. Join us in imagining a new future for Chicago!


  • Introductions - 3:30–3:45
  • Opening Presentation - 3:45–4:00
  • Q+A and Guided Tour - 4:00–4:15
  • Science Fair and Networking - 4:20–5:30

About the Institute of Design (ID)

The Institute of Design (ID) at Illinois Tech was founded in Chicago by Bauhaus émigré László Moholy-Nagy in 1937. It has since pioneered human-centered design, systems design, and a methods-based approach to design. Today ID is home to the only US design school devoted completely to graduate students—the first US school to offer the PhD in design. Uniting science and rigor with creativity and rapid iteration, ID focuses on the systems that shape modern life (including cities, education, finance, food, healthcare, and technology) and building new worlds from them, together. Learn more about ID at