Graham Foundation Bookshop at the Chicago Architecture Biennial

This satellite of the Graham Foundation Bookshop at the Chicago Architecture Biennial is committed to the dissemination of the architecture book as a vital space for experimentation and the incubation of ideas that shape architecture culture. Here, the shop presents a thematic selection of titles related to the Chicago Architecture Biennial, as well as recent books focused on architecture, design, and art.

Since its founding in 1956, the Chicago-based Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts has been dedicated to the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society. For over sixty years, the Foundation has supported the publication of such seminal architecture books as Complexity and Contradiction by Robert Venturi, released in 1966, Rem Koolhaas’ Delirious New York, published in 1978, and Cedric Price Works 1952–2003: A Forward Minded Retrospective written and edited by Samantha Hardingham, published in 2017. In the last decade alone, the Graham Foundation has supported the production of more than 450 publications about architecture from around the world.

A list of events in the Bookshop can be found here.

The Graham Foundation Bookshop at the Chicago Architecture Biennial is located in the Rooms for Books installation at the Chicago Cultural Center.

77 E Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

Bookshop hours

Monday – Friday 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Saturday – Sunday  11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Rooms for Books

Rooms for Books is an installation conceived by MG&Co. for the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial. It is made up of four separate spaces: a repository that houses resources on the participants of the show; a room dedicated to the analysis and display of Stanley Tigerman and and Margaret McCurryʼs library; a room to advance the creation of new content, including talks, roundtable discussions, and interviews, and their translation into printed matter; and a pop-up bookstore, offering a selection of titles for sale.

The installation, divided into this series of discrete but closely connected rooms, stages the book as a decisive medium in the negotiation between practice and theory, between the discipline and its history, and between architecture and precedent.

Exhibition Catalog

Make New History, the companion publication to the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial, can be purchased in the Graham Foundation Bookshop along with other biennial merchandise and hundreds of other architecture titles.

This exhibition catalog invites speculation on the status and importance of historical material to the field of architecture today. The 344-page book with 300 illustrations brings together an eminent collection of historians, curators and practitioners and features over a hundred artists and architects from the exhibition.

Edited by Mark Lee, Sharon Johnston, Sarah Hearne, Letizia Garzoli
Design: Zak Group
20 × 27 cm, 7 ¾ × 10 ½ in
344 pages, 300 illustrations
2017, 978-3-03778-535-5, English