Biennial Programs

The Chicago Architecture Biennial’s public programs explored issues at the heart of urban experience and architectural practice. These events invited dialogue about how we construct (and conceive) the world we live in.

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In Dialogue

In Dialogue was a program of lectures. Architects, scholars, curators, and others discussed their ideas and practices and explore the meaning of architecture historically and today.

Opening Events

At the opening of the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial performances, lectures, tours, and exhibition openings kicked off this exhilarating global event.

Biennial Events

Superpowers of Ten
Performance, October 1 3, 2015, Live Performance at the Tank Chicago Athletic Association
Theatre
Performance, October 1 2, 2015, Robert F. Carr Memorial Chapel of St. Savior
Theatre
Performance, October 1 2, 2015, Robert F. Carr Memorial Chapel of St. Savior
We Know How To Order
Performance, October 2, 2015, Federal Plaza 219 S Dearborn St Chicago
We Know How To Order
Performance, October 2, 2015, Federal Plaza 219 S Dearborn St Chicago
Superpowers of Ten
Performance, October 2 3, 2015, Live Performance at the Tank
Post Modern Architecture: Preservation’s New Frontier
Lecture/Panel, October 3, 2015, Chicago Cultural Center
AIA Presents: Winners of the Look Up Film Challenge
Film Screening, October 3, 2015, Chicago Cultural Center
Night of Illumination: Opening Celebration
Reception/Social, October 3, 2015, Stony Island Arts Bank
Next Up: Chicago Architecture Biennial Participant Presentations
Lecture/Panel, October 3, 2015, Chicago Cultural Center
We Know How To Order
Performance, October 3, 2015, Federal Plaza 219 S Dearborn St Chicago
Architecture Is Art: Atelier Bow-Wow
Lecture/Panel, October 4, 2015, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 E Chicago Ave
Amanda Williams: Color(ed) Theory House Painting: Flamin’ Red Hots
Workshop/Activity, October 4, 2015, 5703 S Lafayette Ave

Partner Events

125th Anniversary: A Historic Architecture Tour of the University of Chicago Campus
Tour, September 26 October 10, 2015, University Bookstore
125th Anniversary: A Historic Architecture Tour of the University of Chicago Campus
Tour, September 26 October 10, 2015, University Bookstore
Chicago School Skyscrapers on South Dearborn Street
Tour, September 30, 2015, Monadnock Building
Old Town Historic Tavern Tour
Tour, September 30, 2015, Twin Anchors Bar
2015 Burnham Prize Competition: Currencies of Architecture Exhibition Opening & Competition Winner Announcement
Reception/Social, September 30, 2015, Chicago Architecture Foundation
Death and Afterlife of the Post Industrial City
Lecture/Panel, September 30, 2015, School of the Art Institute 112 S Michigan Ave
International Perspectives | Chicago and the Future of Urban Change
Lecture/Panel, October 1, 2015, The Art Institute of Chicago 230 S Columbus Dr
Restoration of the Rookery Building
Tour, October 1, 2015, Rookery Building
James Wines: Drawings - Opening Reception
Reception/Social, October 1, 2015, Rhona Hoffman Gallery 118 N Peoria Street
The Gathering—Call and Response: Activating Public Space
Lecture/Panel, October 1, 2015, The Art Institute of Chicago
Restoration of Michigan Avenue Architectural Gems
Tour, October 1, 2015, Chicago Cultural Center
a.DOT Redux Opening Reception
Reception/Social, October 1, 2015, SAIC 33 S. State Street
Chapel at 6018 North Opening Reception
Reception/Social, October 1, 2015, 6018North
The Architecture and Adaptive re-use of Louis Sullivan's Carson Pirie Scott Store/Sullivan Center
Tour, October 1 2, 2015, State and Madison Chicago
Outside Design: Artist Talks and Reception
Lecture/Panel, October 1, 2015, Sullivan Galleries
House Housing and We, Next Door Preview Reception
Reception/Social, October 1, 2015, 1322 W Taylor Street
Atom-R within House
Performance, October 1, 2015, Ohio Street Beach
Pilsen: The Heart of Chicago
Tour, October 1, 2015, 1710 W. 18th Street
MCA Primetime
Reception/Social, October 2, 2015, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
CP in Chicago Public Lectures | Kees Kahn: Beautification
Lecture/Panel, October 2, 2015, Archeworks
Crown Hall Roundtables: Emerging Voices & South-North: The Americas
Lecture/Panel, October 2, 2015, IIT College of Architecture
Walkthrough of Jessica Stockholder's Door Hinges, ASSISTED and Scott Reeder's Put the Cat on the Phone
Lecture/Panel, October 2, 2015, Kavi Gupta
UIC School of Architecture Open Studios
Reception/Social, October 2, 2015, 3100 Architecture + Design Studios
After Dark featuring "Making Place: The Architecture of David Adjaye"
Reception/Social, October 2, 2015, Art Institute of Chicago Modern Wing
Chicago’s Moveable Bridges
Tour, October 2, 2015, : Bridgehouse Museum
New Horizon_architecture from Ireland Opening
Reception/Social, October 2, 2015, Chicago Design Museum
Manifest Para-tour: Future Not Found
Tour, October 2, 2015, Chicago Board of Trade / New York Mercantile Exchange
Art Deco Skyscraper Interiors
Tour, October 2, 2015, 1 N. LaSalle St. Building
Manifest Para-tour: The Leaning Tower
Tour, October 2, 2015, 6300 W Touhy Ave
The Architecture and Adaptive Re-use of Louis Sullivan’s Carson Pirie Scott Building
Tour, October 2, 2015, 1 S. State Street
Sacred Spaces in the Loop: First United Methodist Church in the Chicago Temple Building
Tour, October 2, 2015, 77 W. Washington
Tropical Mining Station
Exhibition, October 2 4, 2015, Future Firm 3149 S. Morgan St. #1 Chicago IL 60608
CP in Chicago Public Lectures | Reinier de Graaf : The Century That Never Happened
Lecture/Panel, October 3, 2015, Archeworks
Photogenic Chicago
Tour, October 3, 2015, 50 E. Congress Parkway
Panel Discussion with New Horizon Architects
Lecture/Panel, October 3, 2015, Block Thirty Seven
Near South Side-Motor Row-Printing House Tour
Tour, October 3, 2015, 25 E. Cermak Road
Gold Coast Walking Tour
Tour, October 3, 2015, Charnley House
Glessner House and Second Presbyterian Church
Tour, October 3, 2015, Glessner House
Hermant/Butler Opening Reception
Reception/Social, October 3, 2015, 3522 W Franklin Blvd Chicago IL 60624
MASTER LECTURE: Bernhard Karpf
Lecture/Panel, October 3, 2015, High Concept Labs at Mana Contemporary Chicago
Richard Meier: Process and Vision Open House
Reception/Social, October 3, 2015, MANA Contemporary
Chicago Public Library Walking Tours: The Legacy of Urban Renewal in Hyde Park
Tour, October 3, 2015, Blackstone Branch
An Inclusive Edge: A Panel Discussion with Architects and Advocates
Lecture/Panel, October 3, 2015, Sullivan Galleries
Exploring the Architecture of Glessner House - Oct 3
Tour, October 3, 2015, Glessner House 1800 S Prairie Ave
Caesar's Bridge
Performance, October 3 4, 2015, Comfort Station
Crown Hall Roundtables: Research Chicago: Tall Buildings & When You're Having More than One
Lecture/Panel, October 3, 2015, IIT College of Architecture
Forms of Imagination Opening Reception: Intentions and Provocations in Design
Lecture/Panel, October 3, 2015, Arts Incubator 301 East Garfield Blvd
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum Free Public Architectural Tours
Tour, October 3 December 20, 2015, Jane Addams Hull House Museum
Reorienting the City
Tour, October 3, 2015, Bucktown-Wicker Park Branch
125th Anniversary: A Historic Architecture Tour of the University of Chicago Campus
Tour, October 3 10, 2015, University Bookstore
From Wright’s Chicago Studio to International Masterpiece: A Chicago Architecture Biennial Highlight Tour of Wright’s Home & Studio and Robie House
Tour, October 3, 2015, Chicago Cultural Center
Chicago Public Library Walking Tours: Sleeping Cars, Restless Workers
Tour, October 3, 2015, Pullman Branch
House Housing and We, Next Door Opening Celebration
Reception/Social, October 3, 2015, 1322 W Taylor Street
University of Chicago Campus Edges Tours
Tour, October 3, 2015, Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
Jane's WalkCHICAGO: The Art of Local Architecture on Dearborn Street from Van Buren to Randolph
Tour, October 3 4, 2015, 431 S Dearborn Chicago
Cutting-Edge Adaptive Reuse: The Chicago Athletic Association Hotel
Tour, October 3, 2015, Chicago Athletic Association Hotel
Transcending Pragmatism: Searching for a New Chicago, featuring Architect John Ronan
Lecture/Panel, October 4, 2015, Chicago Cultural Center
Prairie Style in the Parks
Tour, October 4, 2015, Chicago Cultural Center
Benjamin Marshall Society presents Radical Conservatism: Classical Vocabulary, New Form
Lecture/Panel, October 4, 2015, Fine Arts Building
Richard Meier: Process and Vision Open House
Reception/Social, October 4, 2015, MANA Contemporary
University of Chicago Campus Edges Tours
Tour, October 10, 2015, Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts