Archi-Salon’s second installation “From outside the Discipline” at the Art Institute of Chicago this past weekend stirred up positions of disciplinary exchange, but also confused means for ends, at times. Extra-disciplinary association and influence is a mainstay, if not driving force, of architectural practice, yesterday and today. So That is to say, clichés like “guilty by association” or “by the company you keep” make a lot of sense in terms of what you produce. If you are around visual artists pushing some form of products out of graphic based practice, you may end up with a very graphic project. But these things are normal; because we are creatures of habit, we enjoy conversation, exchange and transactions with our peers – intellectual, physical, and emotional. But understanding the terms of exchange and the modes of transactions can mean the difference between allowing yourself to become consumed by a technique/trend or using it for your own ends.