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2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial

| December 20, 2019 | Feature Culture

Explore how architecture shapes our communities, cities and environment. The third edition of the Chicago Architecture Biennial — open now through January 5, 2020 — is particularly inspired by Chicago, moving beyond the grand narratives of the city’s architectural heritage to explore the conditions that have and continue to shape its urban development. With a broader view on the field of architecture, it embraces practices that span building, design, planning, visual art, policymaking, education, and activism.


Emanating from the central exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center and extending into the city, the 2019 Biennial — titled ... and other such stories — features a series of new commissions, residencies, partner projects, and public programs. It is the largest exhibition of art, architecture, and design in North America and presents works by 80 contributors from over 20 countries.


Through a research-led approach, Graham Foundation Artistic Director Yesomi Umolu with curators Sepake Angiama and Paulo Tavares have focused the exhibition on the intersection of architecture and complex issues such as sustainability, climate change, the environment and natural resources, the availability of and access to affordable housing, equity and gentrification.


Local, national, and international media have all embraced the exhibition’s timely messages — and Chicago for being at the forefront of these global conversations.


Open September 19, 2019 to January 5, 2020. Free and open to the public. Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington Street.

Photography by: Chicago Cultural Center © Chicago Architecture Biennial / Tom Harris, 2019

Theaster Gates, Landed: Gates et al. © Chicago Architecture Biennial / Tom Harris, 2019

Territorial Agency, Museum of Oil — The American Rooms © Chicago Architecture Biennial / Tom Harris, 2019

Oscar Tuazon, Water School © Chicago Architecture Biennial / Tom Harris, 2019

MASS Design Group, The Gun Violence Memorial Project © Chicago Architecture Biennial / Tom Harris, 2019