4 West Burton Place
Chicago, Illinois 60610
On January 27, 2011, Bill Mackey will give a graphic presentation that discusses the relationship of shoelaces, NCAA basketball, Paris, Oprah, golf carts, street signs, and sex to American perceptions of land use and transportation. The critical analysis utilizes humor and parody to question our roles as actors in society and asks audiences to dream of other possibilities for our landscape.
In 1995, Mackey created Worker, Inc. with the intention of bridging the social sciences, planning, architecture, and art. In 2007, he created the Neighborhood Residents Resources Ethnography Studies Unit, a division of Worker, Inc., to understand local physical environments with an emphasis on data. He conducts on-the-ground research and displays it in small pamphlet publications that combine language, humor, pen and ink drawing, ethnographic research, and graphic arts into a concise and finely executed document that offers a fresh, and often surprising, perspective on human environments. Mackey received a 2010 grant from the Graham Foundation for his Field Guides and Checklists series.
Since 1969, Mackey has had 19 different addresses, 23 bedrooms, 10 pets, 15 jobs, played 25 different sports, ingested 20 types of drugs, had 9 surgeries, been to 2 counselors, visited 16 countries, enjoyed listening to 7 genres of music, tried to play 4 musical instruments, received 3 college degrees, owned 7 bicycles, 4 automobiles and 3 golf carts.
Mackey is an architect and was lead designer for a variety of public and private projects in the southern Arizona region. His architectural design work is recognized in national publications and earns regional design awards. Mackey is a co-founder of the design co*op and was Architect-in-Residence at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tucson, Arizona in 2009.
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