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Chicago Architecture Biennial Announces First Round of Contributors

Posted  3 years ago  in  Loop List

3 MIN READ - On March 14, the third Chicago Architecture Biennial announced the first group of contributors to the 2019 edition and its publication. Titled …and other such stories, the Biennial will form an expansive and multi-faceted exploration of the field of architecture and the built environment globally.

Chicago Loop Alliance (CLA) is a sponsor of the Biennial this year, a partnership that makes sense given CLA’s influence on public space in the Loop.

“The Biennial this year is starting a conversation about how architecture and design can create a common ground for bringing people together,” said CLA President and CEO Michael Edwards. “That is something we think about at Chicago Loop Alliance on a daily basis. How can we activate public space so that people see it in a new way, as a place that belongs to them? What can we do to public space that will bring people together and inspire them to see the potential of their environment?”

The first 51 contributors to the Chicago Architecture Biennial span the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia. Their projects will address key questions about the implications of architecture as it relates to land, memory, rights, and civic participation, and are particularly inspired by the history and conditions of the City of Chicago.

The full list of contributors and key programming for the year’s edition of the Biennial will be announced over the coming months.

“This talented group of contributors represents a strong cross-section of architects, artists, collectives, and researchers who add to the cultural fabric of their communities around the world, and right here in Chicago,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “With contributions from 19 countries and counting, the third Chicago Architecture Biennial will again reinforce Chicago’s reputation as the vanguard of architectural, art, and design innovation on the national and international stage.”

The Chicago Architecture Biennial is the largest architecture and design exhibition in North America. The Biennial, which is free and open to the public, will open the central exhibition in the Chicago Cultural Center on September 19 and run through January 5, 2020. The opening of the 2019 edition will again align with EXPO CHICAGO, the International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art.

“When I was a kid, my parents took me to the art biennale in Venice. I’ll always remember that event, and I’m pleased CLA is supporting this year’s Architecture Biennial,” said Louis D. D’Angelo, President of Metropolitan Properties of Chicago LLC and Chicago Loop Alliance Board Member. “Chicago is ideal for hosting this important cultural event. From downtown to our neighborhoods, we have so much to share. As many have noted, the Biennial elevates our city on the global stage.”