Aug 26th 2019

Introducing "Shapeshift: Design @ Illinois Tech"

Both Illinois Institute of Technology's Institute of Design and College of Architecture will launch the inaugural Shapeshift design festival September 16–28, 2019. Over two weeks of programming, we will demonstrate and discuss design’s role as a catalyst for meaningful change in Chicago yesterday, today, and tomorrow. 

For a full list of events, click here.

Amidst worldwide celebrations of the Bauhaus centennial in 2019, Shapeshift will honor the remarkable–yet largely unknown–Bauhaus legacy created in Chicago by ID and the College of Architecture. Bauhaus master László Moholy-Nagy founded ID as the New Bauhaus in 1937. A year later, former Bauhaus director Ludwig Mies van der Rohe became head of architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology, making the university a global center of modernism in the mid-twentieth century. 

Just as Chicago and Illinois Tech played leading roles in the development of twentieth-century modernism, the city and the university are together at the forefront of reimagining the lived and built urban environment for the twenty-first century. Working with Chicago communities, ID and the College of Architecture address our city’s key challenges with more equitable and sustainable solutions, and invent new approaches to urban living.