The 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial will showcase the work of over 140 participants, gathered together around the invitation to ‘Make New History’.
The Artistic Directors have drawn out a series of topics that structure the shared interests and practices between the architects and artists on show at the Chicago Cultural Center. These topics are Image, Material, Building, and Civic Histories highlighting different modes of architectural production; from the book to the city. Whether they take the form of drawings, installations, environments, or performances, biennial projects reflect the ongoing significance of the past, and the myriad ways that history is invoked in the production of new forms of architectural thought.
“Given the generational disposition of this Biennial, buildings are not always the end result,” says Mark Lee. “We think that producing ideas through different mediums—perhaps before one achieves the chance to build buildings, or maybe in lieu of that work—is relevant to the changing state of the discipline today.”