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David Brown | University of Illinois Chicago, Professor
Associate Director, Graduate Affairs

MArch, University of California, Berkeley
BA, Brown University

David Brown works on The Available City, the potential of Chicago’s 15,000 city-owned vacant lots as a collective space system, an urban design, and a future we can have today. Iterations of the speculative design have been exhibited in the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale and the 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial. As an implementation of the project, he is currently working with organizations in North Lawndale to develop two collective spaces. 

His essays and drawings presenting the transformative impact The Available City can have on Chicago’s South and West Sides are found in CENTER 18: Music in Architecture—Architecture in Music, the Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies, volume 2, and Flat Out 4. Those essays advance his study of design and structures in jazz that facilitate improvisation, which he initiated in the book Noise Orders (University of Minnesota Press, 2006).


A curated series of Architecture-related guest speakers. Lectures are free and open to the public..

  • Hailey Kerner
  • Ahid Hamdan
  • Anne Bogart
  • Andrew Moddrell

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