An Analogous Play

Nine Projects for Bertolt Brecht's Chicago

The UIC School of Architecture invites you to celebrate the opening of the 2016–2017 Douglas A. Garofalo Fellowship exhibition by Francesco Marullo.

Opening Reception

Thursday April 6, 5:30–7:30pm
UIC School of Architecture
845 West Harrison Street
Please RSVP here

Public Lecture
Tuesday April 11, 6pm
Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts
4 West Burton Place

Together with his students, Francesco Marullo, rereads the architecture of production in Chicago through the eyes of Bertolt Brecht, adopting the principles of estrangement, dialectical theatre and montage as design tools to conjecture nine projects reenacting his 1941 “analogous” play The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui.

Despite having never visited the city before, Chicago was an obsession for Bertolt Brecht. A metropolis built on sheer rationality and steel-frames, grain-silos and financial speculation, infrastructure and industrial monopolies, nomad workers and labor struggles: the material expression of the most advanced forces of capitalism. Brecht allegorically adopted such a jungle of asphalt, railways, skyscrapers, primitive drives and frantic activities to stage most of his earlier plays. By dissecting reality “like the mechanism of a car,” Brecht’s theatre rejected any emphatic representation of the world, aiming instead at unraveling the conditions which produce the world in the first place.


About Francesco Marullo

Francesco Marullo holds a Master and Ph.D. in History and Theory of Architecture from the Delft University of Technology and the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam. Founding member of the research collective The City as a Project, his work focuses on the relation between architecture, logistics and production. Marullo is the current Douglas A. Garofalo fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor at the UIC School of Architecture. Previously, he taught at The Berlage Center for Advanced Studies in Architecture and Urban Design, TU Delft, the Rotterdam Academy of Architecture, the Faculty of Architecture of the RomaTre University, while collaborating with the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, Matteo Mannini Architects and DOGMA. In 2012 he cofounded Behemoth Press, a think-tank platform devoted to the exploration of the architectural project in the form of essays, drawings, exhibitions, symposia and publications.


About the Douglas A. Garofalo Fellowship

Named in honor of architect and educator Doug Garofalo (1958–2011), the Douglas A. Garofalo Fellowship is a nine-month teaching fellowship that provides emerging designers the opportunity to teach studio and seminar courses in the undergraduate and graduate programs and conduct independent design research. The fellowship also includes a public lecture at the Graham Foundation and an exhibition at the UIC School of Architecture in the spring.

The Douglas A. Garofalo Fellowship is made possible through the generous support of individual and corporate donations, as well as a grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.

For more information on how to donate to the Douglas A. Garofalo fund please visit here.