Bruce Mau’s Plans to Take Over Chicago, Rename City ‘Mauopolis’


Radio host, good friend to all of Chicago, and definitely not the creator of that ‘Mies’ music video, Edward Lifson has a report on his site of Bruce Mau‘s plans on moving to Chicago, which he got first hand recently while the two were at a local benefit. It’s an interesting batch of stuff Mau’s wanting to do, essentially hitting the ground running and likely taking over the whole city within the next two years. We wish him all the luck in the world (or all the luck we have access to, anyway). Here’s just a little from the get go:

He’ll open a school called “The Institute for Massive Change.”

He’ll put it in Louis Sullivan‘s inspiring department store building on State Street. Carson‘s – the store in there for decades, recently vacated. Mau’s school will be in the same building as, and he will team up with Tony Jones and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, which recently began teaching architecture on the top floors of the Sullivan masterpiece.

Bruce Mau said he intends to focus his activities on cities. He plans to develop “Chicago prototypes.” He hopes city planners and leaders around the world will note his achievements here, come here to study them, and then replicate them where needed. He told me that a developer working on a project in Korea wants to fund the prototype here, and if or when it’s successful, replicate the solution in Korea. I have no more details on that.