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Chicago Architecture Biennial 2017 | Make New History | 9.16.17 - 1.7.18 The Chicago Architecture Biennial is a vision of Mayor Rahm Emanuel for a major international architectural event and an outcome of the comprehensive cultural plan developed by Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. It is presented through the support of BP, and in partnership with the City of Chicago and the Graham Foundation. Through its constellation of exhibitions, full-scale installations, and program of events, the Chicago Architecture Biennial will invite the public to engage with and think about architecture in new and unexpected ways, and to take part in a global discussion on the future of the field. Chicago Architecture Biennial, Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit corporation charged with executing the inaugural 2015 Biennial and subsequent biennials. Chicago Architectural Biennial, Inc. is dedicated to creating an international forum on architecture and urbanism through the production of exhibitions and public programs. Chicago Architectural Biennial, Inc. seeks to convene the world’s leading practitioners, theorists and commentators in the field of architecture and urbanism to explore, debate and demonstrate the significance of architecture to contemporary society.

The The Gun Violence Memorial Project is moving to Washington D.C. after February 10! This weekend is your last chance t...
02/06/2020
Exhibit Honors Lives of Those Killed by Gun Violence

The The Gun Violence Memorial Project is moving to Washington D.C. after February 10! This weekend is your last chance to view the memorial. NBC Chicago stopped by to bid farewell to the project, commissioned by the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial and designed by MASS Design Group in collaboration with the artist Hank Willis Thomas and Purpose Over Pain.

The Gun Violence Memorial Project honors the lives and stories of victims of gun violence. Remembrance objects reside in a collection of glass houses, representing the magnitude of gun-related deaths that occur over a single month in the United States.

https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/exhibit-honors-lives-of-those-killed-by-gun-violence/2213876/

An aspiring model, an artist and a young man who loved going to church: these are just some of the lives honored in a powerful exhibit that aims to bring attention to the real victims of gun violence in the city and the nation. The Gun Violence Memorial Project at the Chicago cultural Center feature...

Congratulations to PORT for winning an Architectural League Emerging Voices 2020 award! @archleague’s annual award spotl...
02/06/2020

Congratulations to PORT for winning an Architectural League Emerging Voices 2020 award! @archleague’s annual award spotlights emerging North American design, with each Emerging Voice representing the best of its kind within architecture, landscape, and the built environment.⁣⁣
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Pictured is PORT’s debut suite of custom interactive urban furnishings for the 2019 Biennial, designed as part of our partnership with @mccormicksquare. McCormick Place invited the firm, as well as artist Carlos Rolon, to produce work that punctuates the campus and highlights histories for reflection, and PORT responded with a design that encourages public engagement through storytelling and conversation.⁣⁣
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Called Mini-McCormicks, the 5 outdoor furniture pieces are miniature versions of McCormick Place mega-building exhibition halls and share inside stories about the exhibitions and events. The pilot installation of “Mini-McWest” included a 4-hour audio program and music soundtrack that shares the McCormick Place story dating back to the 1933 Century of Progress exhibition. If you’re in New York, catch them at their Emerging Voices lecture March 5! ⁣⁣
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Images courtesy of PORT

What color is urban? What color is gentrification? What color is privilege? What color is poverty? As the Cultural Cente...
02/03/2020

What color is urban? What color is gentrification? What color is privilege? What color is poverty? As the Cultural Center brightens up with fresh coats of paint for new exhibitions, we are reminded of the power of color, and the color of power. ⁣⁣
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From our archives - the artist Amanda Williams installing photographs of “Color(ed) Theory” in Yates Hallway in 2015, Williams’s project from the inaugural edition of the Biennial. ⁣⁣
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In “Color(ed) Theory”, Williams painted the exterior of abandoned houses on Chicago’s South Side using a culturally coded palette of eight hues: Ultrasheen blue, Pink Oil, Harold’s Chicken Shack red, Currency Exchange yellow, Safe Passage yellow, Newport Squares teal, Crown Royal purple, and Flamin’ Red Hots orange. The colors were culled from the her experiences growing up on Chicago’s South Side. Yates Hallway itself was painted Flamin’ Red Hots orange to correspond to the painting of the final house of the series as the culmination of the project. ⁣
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Images © Chicago Architecture Biennial / Steve Hall, and the artist. @ Chicago Cultural Center

A look back to our partner program "Geometry of Light", an intervention by the artist duo Petra Bachmaier and Sean Galle...
01/31/2020

A look back to our partner program "Geometry of Light", an intervention by the artist duo Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero of @luftwerk in collaboration with Biennial partners @ikergil and the @farnsworthhouse . "Geometry of Light" reveals the underlying geometries that relate the iconic Mies van der Rohe house to its surrounding geography, including the river floodplain site, topography, and key trees that no longer exist. Luftwerk's intervention included a custom-designed sound piece by Oriol Tarragó and was organized by the Farnsworth House, the National Trust for Historic Preservation @savingplaces , and MAS Context and supported in part by a grant from the Graham Foundation.

This Saturday, February 1, Luftwerk in collaboration with Katherine Young debuts "Requiem: A White Wanderer" on the Jay Pritzker Pavilion stage. The musical performance and immersive installation is inspired by seismic data from an ailing iceberg and developed in partnership with Experimental Sound Studio @esschicago and the Natural Resources Defense Council @nrdc_org. Presented by the Millennium Park Foundation in collaboration with the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events as part of the Year of Chicago Music, the ongoing project comprises a sound installation, sound walks, and concert. For more info visit: bit.ly/whitewanderer

Images courtesy of Luftwerk, ESS, and Iker Gil “Geometry of Light” photos by @_kate_joyce @ Farnsworth House

Find the Biennial in print! We are in good company at Columbia Books on Architecture and the City. Published in conjunct...
01/27/2020

Find the Biennial in print! We are in good company at Columbia Books on Architecture and the City. Published in conjunction with the third edition of the Biennial, “…and other such stories” extends the exhibition’s core questions through a range of essays, interviews, and visual dossiers, along with a section introducing the Biennial’s contributors.⁣

Designed by ELLA, the publication is structured by a series of curatorial frames: (1) No Land Beyond reflects on landscapes of belonging and sovereignty that challenge narrow definitions of land as property and commodity; (2) Appearances and Erasures explores both shared and contested memories in consideration of monuments, memorials, and social histories; (3) Rights and Reclamations foregrounds aspects of rights, advocacy, and civic purpose in architectural and spatial practices; and (4) Common Ground addresses practices invested in producing and intervening in public space within and beyond the field of architecture. It is edited by Graham Foundation Artistic Director Yesomi Umolu and curators Sepake Angiama, and Paulo Tavares.⁣

Grab yourself a copy at the @columbia_books_on_arch website: www.arch.columbia.edu/books/catalog/484-and-other-such-stories⁣

#chicagobiennial #andothersuchstories⁣
First image courtesy of Columbia Books on Architecture and the City⁣
Other images Chicago Architecture Biennial / Shreya Sood, 2019

There's one more month left to experience the The Gun Violence Memorial Project at the Cultural Center!
01/27/2020
MASS Design Group

There's one more month left to experience the The Gun Violence Memorial Project at the Cultural Center!

The Gun Violence Memorial Project will remain open at the Chicago Cultural Center until February 10th before it moves to Washington, DC in April 2020. Thank you to the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events for making this possible.

We are so grateful to have worked with the Chicago Architecture Biennial to debut this memorial in Chicago. Thank you to the families that have shared their stories and their loved ones’ artifacts with us, and to our amazing partners: Hank Willis Thomas, Purpose Over Pain, Everytown for Gun Safety, Newtown Action Alliance, Change the Ref, Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, Haroula Rose, Caryn Capotosto, and StoryCorps.

Read more about the project in our latest newsletter. If you would like to learn more about how to contribute new stories and objects, please reach out to us at [email protected].

A voice-over narration in a neutral tone argues in favor of a society governed by simulations, asking the viewer to ques...
01/23/2020

A voice-over narration in a neutral tone argues in favor of a society governed by simulations, asking the viewer to question how computer algorithms and digital media align with broader power dynamics; video sequences juxtaposing real and fictional images with simulated crowd-control scenes produced by police training software present themselves to the viewer… These are possible futures in the video installation “Transformation Scenario” (2019), contributor Clemens von Wedemeyer’s Biennial project. The work moves to the Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen in Siegen, Germany as part of the exhibition “Our Present” opening February 14, 2020. ⁣⁣
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Wedemeyer’s video works use built space and multichannel installations to explore multiple viewpoints, story lines, points in time, and historical trajectories. The artist weaves together tropes of documentary and experimental film and uses composite imagery and gallery installations to materialize ideas about the contingency and constructedness of history and memory. “Transformation Scenario” provokes reflection on “imagery of the masses” as, on the one hand, a tool for establishing political control over human relationships in the built environment, and on the other, a demonstration of collective resistance.⁣⁣
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Also included in the exhibition “Our Present” is Biennial contributor Forensic Architecture. Congrats to our Biennial contributors and go to filmmaterial.net and forensic-architecture.org for more info. #andothersuchstories #chicagobiennial⁣⁣
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First image courtesy of Clemens von Wedemeyer, Galerie Jocelyn Wolff, Paris, and KOW, Berlin. ⁣
Second image Chicago Architecture Biennial / Kendall McCaugherty, 2019.

Next Wednesday, January 29, Biennial Community Anchor Partner @depaulartmuseum hosts a gallery talk with artist Julia Fi...
01/21/2020

Next Wednesday, January 29, Biennial Community Anchor Partner @depaulartmuseum hosts a gallery talk with artist Julia Fish, architect Dan Wheeler, and Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts Director and Biennial inaugural Artistic Director, Sarah Herda.

Accompanying “Julia Fish: Bound by Spectrum”, a solo exhibition of the artist’s work concurrently on view on the first floor of the museum, the gallery talk takes an in-depth look at “Architectural Annotations,” a selection of works on paper drawn largely from DePaul Art Museum’s collection and guest-curated by Fish. Both exhibitions, as well as “Remember Where You Are”, are organized on the occasion of the third edition of the Biennial and on view through February 23, 2020. ⁣

#chicagobiennial #depaulartmuseum #juliafish⁣

Images courtesy of DePaul Art Museum. @ DePaul Art Museum

Did you know, you can still experience the Gun Violence Memorial Project by Mass Design at the Cultural Center through F...
01/17/2020

Did you know, you can still experience the Gun Violence Memorial Project by Mass Design at the Cultural Center through February 10, 2020! We are happy to share that the project will stay open through a partnership with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events @chicagodcase.⁣

The Gun Violence Memorial Project will then travel to the @nationalbuildingmuseum in Washington D.C.⁣ later this spring. If you'd like more information on sharing stories and items please message [email protected].⁣

Watch a special video on the Memorial and it's inception at the link in our bio! Featured are Pam Bosley and Annette Nance-Holt, the women and mothers who founded Purpose Over Pain, the Chicago organization working to prevent gun violence who partnered with MASS Design Group for the memorial, as well as Michael Murphy and Jha D. Williams from MASS, who meticulously curated every donated item, and family members and loved ones of victims:
https://www.newsy.com/stories/living-memorial-challenges-cultural-narrative-around-gun-violence/

#chicagobiennial #andothersuchstories⁣

Images courtesy of The Gun Violence Memorial Project and MASS Design Group and Newsy, 2019 @ Chicago Cultural Center

Let us know your experience of “... and other such stories”! If you haven’t already, please take a moment to fill out th...
01/15/2020

Let us know your experience of “... and other such stories”! If you haven’t already, please take a moment to fill out the survey linked in our bio and below before it comes down today, or leave us a comment on your favorite projects: bit.ly/CAB2019_SURVEY

Thanks to everyone who’ve already shared their feedback of our third edition, the Biennial is always a conversation with the city and we'd love to hear your voice.

#chicagobiennial #andothersuchstories

Image: Chicago Architecture Biennial © Tom Harris

Interested in learning more about what it takes to produce and sustain a biennial? Curious about how the Chicago Archite...
01/15/2020

Interested in learning more about what it takes to produce and sustain a biennial? Curious about how the Chicago Architecture Biennial beginnings connect to its continuing impact today? CAB Executive Director Todd Palmer @toddapalmer kicks off @iitarchitecture’s yearly preview of exceptional design work by students with a talk tracing the roots of the Biennial in the 2015 Cultural Plan, the threads running through all three biennials, and his take on how the most recent exhibition relates to today's urgencies, drawing from over 20 years of experience considering the cultural uses of architecture, landscape and historic preservation.⁣

The lecture starts at 1pm on Friday, January 17, followed by a panel with IIT faculty exploring concepts and strategies for exhibiting architecture. Event takes place at S. R. Crown Hall, and is part of “Exhibiting Architecture,” a sneak preview of the College of Architecture’s Open House in May. ⁣⁣⁣

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Images courtesy IIT Architecture ⁣Last image Chicago Architecture Biennial / Zachary Johnston, 2019⁣

@ S. R. Crown Hall

While the majority of projects have closed, “Six Durations of a Split Second: The Killing of Harith Augustus”, the inves...
01/13/2020

While the majority of projects have closed, “Six Durations of a Split Second: The Killing of Harith Augustus”, the investigation and Biennial project of Forensic Architecture and the Invisible Institute, will remain on view through the end of February at @expstation at 6100 S. Blackstone Avenue. ⁣

Forensic Architecture @forensicarchitecture is a research agency composed of architects, artists, scholars, filmmakers, lawyers, and scientists that investigates state and environmental violence. Invisible Institute @invisibleinstitute is a journalism production company on the South Side of Chicago working to enhance the capacity of citizens to hold public institutions accountable.⁣

Their collaborative project investigates the 14 July 2018 police shooting of Harith Augustus. The year-long investigation by FA and II, undertaken with the support and on behalf of Harith Augustus’s family and their legal representatives, employed new forensic techniques and on-the-ground reporting to contest the police narrative that the shooting was justified. The result is six video-investigations, each of which reconstructs the event across a distinct time scale—from milliseconds to years—to expose different dimensions of police violence. The videos are also available online at @forensicarchitecture’s website: forensic-architecture.org/investigation/the-killing-of-harith-augustus⁣

The installation is open Saturdays from 10am-3pm, and by appointment (please email [email protected]). For the most up to date information on visiting hours, go to invisibleinstitute.com/harith. #chicagobiennial #andothersuchstories⁣

First image: Jason Schumer, courtesy Invisible Institute. ⁣
Second image: Chicago Architecture Biennial / Cathy Hsiao, 2019. ⁣

@ Experimental Station

The Fall 2019 BP Student Ideas Competition, presented in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Center, invited young...
01/10/2020

The Fall 2019 BP Student Ideas Competition, presented in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Center, invited young people to respond to the following challenge: Design a safe community space where young people can share ideas and take action on a local or global issue. Your space can be a physical place, an object, or an event.

All participants were celebrated at an awards ceremony and showcase at the Chicago Cultural Center with Mayor Lori Lightfoot.

Winning entries were on view as part of the Chicago Architecture Biennial in the Biennial x Lendlease Discovery and Learning Lab at the Chicago Cultural Center from December 22, 2019 through January 5, 2020.

Photo credits © Chicago Architecture Biennial/Cory Dewald, 2019

The Fall 2019 BP Student Ideas Competition, presented in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Center, invited young people to respond to the following challenge: Design a safe community space where young people can share ideas and take action on a local or global issue. Your space can be a physical place, an object, or an event.

All participants were celebrated at an awards ceremony and showcase at the Chicago Cultural Center with Mayor Lori Lightfoot.

Winning entries were on view as part of the Chicago Architecture Biennial in the Biennial x Lendlease Discovery and Learning Lab at the Chicago Cultural Center from December 22, 2019 through January 5, 2020.

Photo credits © Chicago Architecture Biennial/Cory Dewald, 2019

Thanks for stopping by on our last day CBS Chicago!
01/06/2020
CBS Chicago

Thanks for stopping by on our last day CBS Chicago!

Since its inception in 2015, the Chicago Architecture Biennial has attracted more than half a million visitors every season.

That’s a wrap! After 16 weeks, 314 programs, 175 tours, the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial is officially closed. We ...
01/06/2020

That’s a wrap! After 16 weeks, 314 programs, 175 tours, the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial is officially closed. We would like to take a moment to thank our 80+ contributors as well as their collaborators, designers, performers, practitioners, activists, artists, educators and everyone else who participated in making “... and other such stories” a diverse engagement with architecture as it relates to the social, political, and environmental issues of our time.⁣

Thank you also to our off-site curatorial venues — Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, the (former) Overton Elementary School, the National Public Housing Museum, Homan Square at the School of the Art Institute — and to our 127 partner organizations throughout Chicagoland in over 50 different neighborhoods and communities, including our six Community Anchor partners. Together we were able to offer over 300 public curatorial, education, and partner programs during the course of the exhibition.⁣

Most of all, thank you to everyone from near and far who visited us and took part in the conversation. We'll be sharing more images and documentation to these channels in the coming days. If you haven’t already, please take a few minutes to fill out the survey that’s linked in our bio. Your voice is important to us.⁣

#chicagobiennial #andothersuchstories #yesomiumolu #sepakeangiama #paulotavares⁣

Images: Chicago Architecture Biennial / 2019⁣
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