Elogico 2008: Genesis of a Sustainable Platform

From June 8-12, 2008, Chicago will be the site of Elogico, a series of design-related events focusing on ecological thinking about spaces and products for the next generation. Elogico is a collaboration between Italian communication company Brandit and the Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture and Designed Objects at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Elogico aims to explore transatlantic collaboration by bringing designers, manufacturers, and the academy together for discussions, exhibitions, site visits, and networking opportunities. Elogico 2008 will see two stages: the first takes place in June during the NeoCon World’s Trade Fair in Chicago, and the second, in September during the 11th Venice Architecture Biennale. The Chicago events will be composed of a roundtable, held at 3:30pm on June 8 in the Art Institute of Chicago’s Fullerton Hall (111 S. Michigan Ave.), and an exhibition of Italian manufacturers at the Chicago Illuminating Company (19 E. 21st St.) from June 9-12.

Moderated by SAIC Designed Objects faculty member Bruce Tharp, the June 8 roundtable will focus on problems concerning the availability and tracking of raw material; products’ lifecycles; the designer’s approach towards sustainable processes; and the architect’s approach towards sustainable environments. Panellists will include designer Karim Rashid; architect Elva Rubio, EVP Creative Director Chicago Office of Bruce Mau Design; Susan Inglis, Executive Director of the Sustainable Furniture Council; Leo Breedveld, founder of environmental consultancy 2B; Gianni Cantarutti, founder of Culturalegno (Wood Culture), a wood species environment consultancy; and Harvard Graduate School of Design professor Marco Steinberg, who will present a case study on Italian manufacturer Valcucine.

The June 9-12 exhibition will feature Italian manufacturers including, among others, Valcucine, Artemide, Casamania, Moroso, and Morelato, who collectively demonstrate a sensibility toward the themes and practices of eco-sustainability, and who are actively facing the challenges inherent in doing so. In response to this collaboration, students from SAIC’s department of Architecture, Interior Architecture and Designed Objects created projects that will be included in the exhibition at the Chicago Illuminating Company.

For more information, please visit www.elogico.net.