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A Visit to the Chicago Architecture Biennial

Posted on by Lauren Moss

This past year marked the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial, the first event of its kind in the United States... and an opportunity for us to visit a favorite city while exploring the impressive collection of projects and exhibitions throughout the region.

 chicago cultural center

chicago cultural center

The broad-based program aimed to serve as 'a platform for groundbreaking architectural projects and spatial experiments that demonstrate how creativity and innovation can radically transform our lived experience.'   chicagobiennial

  p  assage  / sol-il

passage / sol-il

Addressing issues from site-specific concepts for Chicago's waterfront redevelopment to full-scale housing prototypes, 'The State of the Art of Architecture' was indeed an encompassing look at architecture and its role in society today, with over one hundred participants from more than thirty countries.

'This exhibition is a round table at which people of all ages, backgrounds, and origins are invited to present their outlook on the state of architecture. Like the city it is set in, the Biennial is an experiment in what is possible, an open invitation to contemplate what architecture is today, and what it can become tomorrow.' 

  architecture is everywhere  / sou fujimoto architects

architecture is everywhere / sou fujimoto architects

  rock print  / gramazio kohler research, eth zurich + self-assembly lab, mit

rock print / gramazio kohler research, eth zurich + self-assembly lab, mit

  house no. 11  / mos architects

house no. 11 / mos architects

  stages  / barbara kasten [graham foundation]

stages / barbara kasten [graham foundation]

  future urbanism  / bureau spectacular

future urbanism / bureau spectacular

  the entire situation  / besler & sons +atlv

the entire situation / besler & sons +atlv

  randolph square  / pedro&juana

randolph square / pedro&juana

Find more information and images at chicagobiennial.org.

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