On Sept. 27, CannonDesign’s Chicago office will host a lecture as part of The Cliff Dwellers Club Architecture Lecture Series. The series, held monthly at the Cliff Dwellers Club (200 S. Michigan Avenue), is co-hosted by The Cliff Dwellers and Society of Architectural Historians, and is co-sponsored with Friends of Downtown and the Chicago Chapter of the AIA.

CannonDesign’s lecture is presented by Robert Benson and will focus on the theme “An Architecture of Civility: Creating Hope in a New Society.” Presentation details can be found in the following abstract. The event cash bar opens at 4:30 p.m. CT, with the free program kicking off at 6:15 p.m. CT. Dinner will be made available after the program, a la carte. Reservations for dinner are requested and can be sent to reservations@cliff-chicago.org, or by calling 312.922.8080. Discount parking is available after 4 p.m. at the garage located at 17 E. Adams by entering on Adams between Wabash and State. Those attending may ask for a discount coupon at the check-in desk.

An Architecture of Civility: Creating Hope in a New Society
Social media has made an enormous impact on societal dialogue, at once giving more individuals a voice while lessening the amount we collectively listen, potentially limiting the depth of our understanding. With unprecedented amounts of information available, collaboration is essential to making a greater society. Creating opportunity for civility should be a design goal for every project.

CannonDesign, a global architecture practice with more than 1,000 employees across 21 offices, addresses the human condition through all phases of life through designing our society’s schools, universities, hospitals, civic spaces and workplaces. From an elementary school’s small gathering space in Rockford, Illinois, to the Applied Physics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University, CannonDesign’s projects are rooted in the firm belief of the power of people coming together.

Design Principal Robert Benson will utilize CannonDesign work across the sociopolitical spectrum to show how civility begins with a conversation. He will present projects that promote civility by creating spaces that encourage such conversations, instilling hope not only in the immediate users, but in the greater society we inhabit.

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