chicago ideas weekCannonDesign is set to host a Chicago Ideas Lab in partnership with Archeworks as part of Chicago Ideas Week – one of the largest ideas festivals in the world featuring 30,000 attendees, 200 events, 500 videos and 250+ speakers annually. The lab entitled, “Collaborative Design: Explore Public Interest Design with CannonDesign & Archeworks,” will allow attendees to take on the role of policy maker, designer or community stakeholders in real-time design planning events. Groups of attendees will be given scenarios and then asked to work collaboratively to outline and propose solutions to challenges in their local community, ranging from waste solutions to public housing. The goal is for attendees to walk away with a deeper understanding of the complicated factors that impact public planning and how partnership and collaboration can lead to making a real social impact in one’s own neighborhood.

The lab takes place Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 6 p.m. and will be capped at 50 people, but folks can still sign up via this link for $15 –