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Chicago Architecture Biennial, BP and Chicago Architecture Foundation Announce BP Student Design Competition
August 30, 2017

The Chicago Architecture Biennial in partnership with Founding Sponsor BP and Signature Education Partner Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) are pleased to announce the return of the BP Student Design Competition this fall.

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Announcing Special Projects by the Chicago Architecture Biennial
July 18, 2017

Today the Chicago Architecture Biennial is excited to announce a group of special projects by designers, artists, and performers presented in partnership with five extraordinary venues in and around Chicago. These projects are part of Artistic Directors Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee's vision for Make New History, which asks innovative designers and artists to reinterpret a series of historic spaces from contemporary perspectives.

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CAF Initiative to Reach 15,000 Young Chicagoans During 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial
May 15, 2017

The Chicago Architecture Biennial and the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) are pleased to announce that CAF has been named the Signature Education Partner of the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial. Building upon the success of the education programs offered in the inaugural 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial, CAF is developing an ambitious new education initiative and expanding the Chicago Architecture Biennial’s reach to communities throughout the city.

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More Than 100 Program Partners Across the City and Region
May 2, 2017

The Chicago Architecture Biennial (CAB) announces more than 100 Program Partner organizations that will present collateral events and exhibitions in Chicago, Illinois. Partner programming will coincide with the preview on September 14–15, 2017, and continue for the duration of the Biennial, from the opening weekend on September 16–17 through January 7, 2018.

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Six Chicago Institutions to Receive Funding From Chicago Community Trust to Develop Community Programming
April 11, 2017

Today the Chicago Architecture Biennial announced an expansion into Chicago's neighborhoods by adding six museums and institutions that will serve as Community Anchor sites for 2017. They include The Beverly Arts Center, DePaul Art Museum, DuSable Museum of African American History, Hyde Park Art Center, the National Museum of Mexican Art, and the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture.

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Rahm Emanuel Introduces 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial, Discusses Role Of Modern City
David Alm, Forbes, March 6, 2017

At an intimate breakfast at The Modern restaurant in New York City Monday morning, Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel joined curators, artists and architects to announce the participants of the second Chicago Architecture Biennial, an exhibition of more than 100 international architecture firms and artists scheduled for September 16 this year through January 7, 2018.

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More Than 100 Firms and Artists From Over 20 Countries
March 6, 2017

The Chicago Architecture Biennial (CAB) announced today the list of international architecture firms and artists who will participate in its second edition, entitled “Make New History,” to take place September 16, 2017–January 7, 2018, in Chicago, Illinois. Over 100 firms and artists representing countries around the world were selected by the 2017 Biennial Artistic Directors, Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee, of the Los Angeles–based firm Johnston Marklee.

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This Chicago Event Defines the Architects and Artists You Need to Know Now
Janelle Zara, Architectural Digest, March 6, 2017

In 2015 the city of Chicago hosted the very first architecture biennial to take place in North America, a sprawling survey of all that was happening in the profession that attracted 530,000 visitors. Suddenly the second edition is right around the corner. Artistic directors and L.A.

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More Than 100 Firms Selected for 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial
Victoria Carodine, Architect Magazine, March 6, 2017

Directors Sharon Johnston, FAIA, and Mark Lee of Los Angeles–based Johnston Marklee have selected more than 100 firms and artists to participate in the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial. The second iteration of the Biennial—"Make New History"— will focus on how architects "align their work with versions of history," according to a statement.

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The Appointment of Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee of the Architecture Firm Johnston Marklee as Artistic Directors of the 2017 Edition
September 21, 2016

The Chicago Architecture Biennial (CAB) and Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced today new leadership, funding, and dates for the second edition of the Biennial, to take place September 16–December 31, 2017. Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee of the Los Angeles–based firm Johnston Marklee, which participated in the inaugural Biennial, have been named Artistic Directors for the 2017 edition.

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El manifiesto vivo de Al Borde en la Bienal de Arquitectura de Chicago
Glenda Puente, Plataforma Arquitectura, February 17, 2016

Como una imagen de sí mismos, bajo el argumento de “somos lo que hacemos”, la firma de arquitectura Al Borde convirtió una casa en construcción en un manifiesto vivo para la edición inaugural de la Bienal de Arquitectura de Chicago.

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The Inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial: 10 highlights from this first-ever wonder
Liz Chilsen, Chicago Now, February 10, 2016

The first-ever Chicago Architecture Biennial ended last month, and I must say I was sad to see it go. By any stretch, the Biennial was a rocking success. Thousands of people came, hundreds of architects participated, millions of conversations, discussions, presentations, debates… This is the great success of the thing. People engaged. And in that exchange, ideas can be born, new things come afoot.

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Making Space: A Visit to the Chicago Architecture Biennial
Dave Kim, Harper's Magazine, January 28, 2016

The elevated was clacking and roaring, and a lake wind, misty and brisk, was pushing through the limestone corridors of the Loop. The sky was knotted with clouds. I’d come to the city for the opening of the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial, where more than a hundred architects and artists, from some thirty countries, had been invited to present work in a variety of mediums at sites around the city.

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What I Learned When the Chicago Architecture Biennial Came to the South Side
Paola Aguirre, Next City, January 21, 2016

Earlier this month, Chicago took in its last glimpses of the city’s first architecture biennial. An outgrowth of the City’s Cultural Plan and drawing more than half a million visitors over three months, the biennial enabled a vast network of spaces where different approaches and roles of architecture and design in communities were brought to multiple audiences.

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Why the Chicago Architecture Biennial Mattered
Jen Masengarb, Chicago Architecture Foundation, January 19, 2016

At 2015’s Chicago Architecture Biennial, local teens gained new design insight, met with working architects, and fell in love with the Chicago Cultural Center itself. And CAF was there every step of the way. As early January, 2016, brought a close to the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial, architectural critics—including Blair Kamin, Lynn Becker, Edward Keegan—began to sum up the broader influence of the 3-month exhibition, which drew more than 500,000 visitors.

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Announcing the BP Prize Winner of the Lakefront Kiosk Competition: “Chicago Horizon” by Ultramoderne
August 5, 2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced today that Ultramoderne, a collaboration between architects Yasmin Vobis and Aaron Forrest and structural engineer Brett Schneider, won the BP Prize in the Lakefront Kiosk Competition.