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This intimate event brings co-curators for ReFramed and ReCovered into conversation around the many benefits that trees impart to cities. Learn about the vision and themes of these complementary exhibits and join the curators for a gallery tour.

$15 public
$7 CAC Members
Gand Lecture Hall

In “ReCovered: Chicago’s Urban Tree Canopy” we consider the many benefits of lining our streets with trees. This immersive exhibit connects people to an element of nature we are inherently drawn to but often ignore as integral to the livability of cities and resilience of neighborhoods. Through the exhibit’s interactivity, we can sense how trees serve to soften the hard edges of our built surroundings.

The companion exhibit, “ReFramed: The Future of Cities in Wood,” transitions from horizontal, protective cover to a soaring vertical space, introducing visitors to a very different function for trees in the city: buildings constructed from mass timber, a new structural material which holds great promise for sustainable development and breathtaking design.

Hear from Ryan Gann and Ian Spula, co-curators on ReCovered and ReFramed, respectively. The conversation will be moderated by CAC's Director of Exhibitions, Eve Fineman.

At the conclusion of the program, attendees are invited to tour both exhibitions with the curators.

Presenter: Ryan Gann

Ryan Gann, AIA, NOMA an Architect and Design Strategist; helping clients become better versions of themselves through design, culture, and prosperity. This work expands beyond architecture and often sits at the intersection of engagement and facilitation, elevating community-centered voices through the built environment.

Presenter: Ian Spula

Ian Spula is Content Manager at the Chicago Architecture Center. In this role, he writes articles, organizes lectures, and has been an integral member of the exhibition team, most recently as co-curator for the new exhibit, “REFRAMED: The Future of Cities in Wood.” Ian also spearheaded the launch of the CAC Watch List, a web resource covering key issues in Chicago’s built environment for a broad public through a series of position papers and related programming.

Presenter: Eve Fineman

Eve Fineman is a curator, designer, educator and scholar. As Director of Exhibitions at the CAC, Eve oversees the planning and design of public exhibitions. Eve was formerly an Adjunct Professor at Columbia College Chicago and SAIC, and was an Associate Professor of Interior Architecture at The Illinois Institute of Art – Chicago for over a decade.

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