World's largest architecture media website & Hunter Douglas Architectural join to "Make New History" at Biennial
For the second edition of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, ArchDaily is teaming up with Hunter Douglas Architectural to offer in-depth coverage of North America’s largest festival on architecture. With the theme “Make New History,” this internationally significant event will bring together over 140 participants from 20 countries “to explore how the latest architecture can and will make new history in places around the world.” Together, Hunter Douglas Architectural and ArchDaily will highlight the Biennial's lineup of lectures, exhibitions, and events during opening week. Live coverage online will make the Biennial events available to larger audiences on each partner's websites and social media channels.
The Biennial is an all-hands-on-deck architectural celebration, taking place at a number of cultural sites, including the Chicago Cultural Center in the heart of the Loop and the Art Institute of Chicago, plus neighboring locations like the Beverly Arts Center, DePaul Art Museum, DuSable Museum of African American History, Hyde Park Art Center, National Museum of Mexican Art, the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture, and more.
As part of our joint coverage, we'll be publishing a mini-documentary series collaboratively produced by Berlin-based PLANE–SITE and Chicago-based Spirit of Space. The series will unravel the Biennial's main themes and delve into its program, reporting on projects including the reinterpretations for Howells & Hood’s 1925 Tribune Tower; 3D responses to historical images of building interiors; a labyrinth of galleries that will host larger installations; and some of the aforementioned anchor sites across the city of Chicago.
Art & architecture take over sites across Chicago
Art and architecture will extend further throughout Chicagoland as the Biennial's opening coincides with the sixth annual EXPO Chicago (International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art) which will be staged at Navy Pier and the Design Matters conference. The exhibit "Past: Forward: Architecture and Design at the Art Institute" takes place at the Art Institute of Chicago, which features a 264,000-sq.-ft. wing designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano. The building, which stands by the site of the 1879 Chicago fires, offers sunlight control and an artful, soft lighting via Hunter Douglas Architectural's Skylight Tension Systems. The Biennial's opening visitors can also stop by the Instagram-worthy circular structure, The Roundhouse at the DuSable Museum of African American History, for the Singing Stones opening curated by Palais de Tokyo's Katell Jaffrès. There, the works of 11 emerging artists from France and Chicago will be showcased.
Garfield Park Conservatory will play host to the debut of "L'air pour l'air," an installation meets musical performance by architects SOL-IL and artist Ana Prvački, while the AON Theater will house the debut of "Up Right Chicago" by artist Nick Cave and architect Jeanne Gang. The Gray Warehouse will exhibit "Secret Garden," a presentation of large-scale stainless steel sculptural portraits by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa.
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Meanwhile visitors can catch conversations like the Cultural Center's "Make New History," the Biennial's artistic directors' symposium "New Materialisms: Histories Make Practice/Practices Make History," a discussion on "What Start-up Culture Taught Me About Architecture," a symposium on "Making Books Now: Architects on Print," a RADICAL 50 book launch focused on Latin American architecture, and many more. Universities will also have a presence at these events: the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation is helping to produce a panel of architects discussing books, and will host the official Biennial Preview afterparty at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Harvard's Graduate School of Design is helping to produce the "New Materialisms" symposium and will also host a Champagne toast to the Biennial's artistic directors, Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee.
That's a mere sampling of the many activities and installations that will take over Chicago beginning next week. For more, click here. The 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial is free; it opens to the public on September 16, 2017, and runs through January 7, 2018. Follow our live coverage on our blog and through the following social media platforms: