Societal advancements are often sparked by powerful conversations between peers. The Chicago Architecture Center (CAC) hosted a panel discussion for the U.S. launch of Thomas Heatherwick’s book, “Humanize: A Maker’s Guide to Designing Cities,” a prime example of how constructive partnerships can lead to some of our world’s greatest innovations.

It was a packed house with 300 guests attending this engaging event. I thoroughly enjoyed my involvement in the panel alongside Thomas, Shapack Partners founder Jeff Shapack, and CAC President & CEO Eleanor Esser Gorski. We explored the book’s themes and discussed Chicago’s architectural landscape while scrutinizing the impact of design and development processes on public health.

Some of the most critical concepts revolved around the need to infuse more beauty across communities and shift the delivery of projects back to incredible collaborative teams. Thomas’ book explores how civic leaders can bring more humanity to the construction world and enable people to connect and thrive – something our cities drastically need to improve the human psyche. 

Thanks to the CAC, Heatherwick studio, Shapack, 167 Green, and everyone who made this inspiring event possible. It’s time to deconstruct dehumanizing designs and create spaces that enhance the quality of life for residents.  

No more BORING buildings!