All That Is Solid
28 Aug–11 Oct 2019
All That Is Solid is a site-specific intervention in the Chicago Pedway that speculates on the material afterlives of industrialized systems of production. Using expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam diverted from the landfill, the project invites the public to participate in a series of collective building experiments in reuse that take cues from the inventory practices of the waste-processing industry. Often deployed on building projects as either a substrate or a substitute for monolithic construction due to its negligible weight and cost, this uniquely modern material presents a compelling medium for reflecting on our shifting cultural and economic definitions of waste and worth, resource and refuse.
Ang Li is an architect and Assistant Professor at the School of Architecture at Northeastern University. Her research and creative practice investigate the maintenance practices and material afterlives of the contemporary building industry. Li has participated in exhibitions at the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum in Milwaukee, the Echo Art Fair in Buffalo, and the Lisbon Architecture Triennale. Her writing and work have been published in Log, Clog, Thresholds, Manifest, Abitare, Wired, and Blueprint. Before joining the faculty at Northeastern she was a Visiting Artist at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the 2015-16 Peter Reyner Banham Fellow at the University at Buffalo. She holds a BA in architecture from the University of Cambridge and an M.Arch. from Princeton University.
All That Is Solid is a partner program of the Chicago Architecture Biennial