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Third Edition of Chicago Architecture Biennial Showcases Social Aspects of Architecture

Third Edition of Chicago Architecture Biennial Showcases Social Aspects of Architecture

WDCB’s Gary Zidek sits down with Todd Palmer, the executive director of the Chicago Architecture Biennial to talk about the 2019 edition of the Biennial.

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“We think about architecture, most of us, in terms of stories we might hear about the founding the skyscraper in Chicago or that Frank Lloyd Wright was inspired by the horizontality of the landscape, but there are other stories that maybe haven’t made it into our imaginations or everyday thinking about architecture, so this exhibition really is an opportunity to explore that.” - Todd Palmer, executive director of the Chicago Architecture Biennial talking about some of themes being explored in this year’s Biennial.

Todd Palmer, executive director of the Chicago Architecture Biennial

Todd Palmer, executive director of the Chicago Architecture Biennial

The third edition of the Chicago Architecture Biennial is now open. Launched in 2015, the Chicago exhibit is already considered one of the world’s most influential architectural platforms.  The 2019 edition of the Biennial, titled “And Other Such Stories”, features over 80 contributors from 22 countries.

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Chicago Architecture Biennial programming is being presented all over the city, but the Chicago Cultural Center is the Biennial’s home-base for the next 3.5 months.

THREE TREES: Jackson, Obama, Washington, 2019. Walter J. Hood. Photo courtesy of Chicago Architecture Biennial / Kendall McCaugherty,

THREE TREES: Jackson, Obama, Washington, 2019. Walter J. Hood. Photo courtesy of Chicago Architecture Biennial / Kendall McCaugherty,

MUSEUM OF OIL: THE AMERICAN ROOMS by Territorial Agency (Ann-Sofi Ronnskog and John Palmesino) at the Chicago Cultural Center.

MUSEUM OF OIL: THE AMERICAN ROOMS by Territorial Agency (Ann-Sofi Ronnskog and John Palmesino) at the Chicago Cultural Center.

The 2019 Biennial’s exhibitions and programming was largely shaped by four curatorial frames:

  • No Land Beyond

  • Appearances and Erasures

  • Rights and Reclamations

  • Common Ground

Homophily: The Urban History of an Algorithm, 2019. Center for Spatial Research

Homophily: The Urban History of an Algorithm, 2019. Center for Spatial Research

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The Chicago Architecture Biennial has partnered with over 100 Chicago-area civic, educational and cultural partners to create and present programming. The main exhibition is housed at the Chicago Cultural Center (pictured below), but more than 50 other venues will host exhibitions. You can find a full list of Chicago Architecture Biennial sites here.

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The Chicago Architecture Biennial is currently open and will remain on display through January 5, 2020.

Go to chicagoarchitecturebiennial.org for more information.

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