The 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial showcased the work of over 140 participants, gathered together around the invitation to ‘Make New History’. The Biennial united a main exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center with a selection of off-site projects, a broad range of aligned exhibitions, and an extensive series of programming for the public that will serve Chicagoans and visitors alike.
The Artistic Directors developed 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 were Image, Material, Building, and Civic Histories highlighting different modes of architectural production; from the book to the city. Whether taking the form of drawings, installations, environments, or performances, biennial projects reflected 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.”