Liebman Speaker Series

Liebman Speaker Series: Connecting Science and Everything

Friday mornings at MCC…

Join us for MCC’s Liebman Speaker Series, where we will discuss the intersection of science and everything.

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. We will reschedule at a later date.

Friday, May 3, 2019
Carey Lecture Hall (main floor), Liebman Science Center, Building F
10 - 11:30 a.m.

Tactical Leverage - Architecture and Design in the Environment
Katherine Darnstadt, Founder of Latent Design architecture firm

Our cities are rooted in neighborhoods, public spaces, and infrastructure. When neglected, these vacancies, whether strategic or accidental, are detrimental to neighborhood health and vitality. Design can bring an awareness of the informal economies that arise from these gaps, which only highlight how poorly our formal systems are working. While you may have been taught that the design of a building is apolitical, the process of building is not. There is a subversive cartography of power that overlays our cities, which are built on a series of collaborative collusions.

photo of Jolie Matthews


Katherine Darnstadt, AIA

Katherine Darnstadt is the founder of Latent Design, a progressive architecture and urbanism firm leveraging civic innovation and social impact to design more equitable spaces and systems. Since founding her practice in 2010, Katherine and her firm have prototyped new urban design systems to advance urban agriculture, support small business, created spaces for youth makers, advanced building innovation, and created public space frameworks. She and the firm have been published, exhibited and featured widely, most notably at the International Venice Architecture Biennial, Architizer A+ Awards, Chicago Ideas Week, NPR, American Institute of Architects Young Architects Honor Award winner and Crain’s Chicago 40 Under 40. She currently teaches at Northwestern University and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.