Press

CAB has been consistently covered by renowned regional and international news and media outlets. Select recent press and releases are highlighted here.

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"Chicago, in the curators’ telling, is being continuously made and unmade along a horizon that extends far beyond the modern high-rise..."

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“A bevy of provocative and thoughtfully considered works that aim to re-situate architectural discourse firmly at the center of larger social justice-driven conversations that surround the built environment today.”

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“If you want to know what a range of professionals—not just architects but planners, preservationists, historians, writers, philosophers, activists, and artists—are thinking and doing to solve real problems, like how to make clean water and toilets available to people who’ve never had them, you’ll learn a lot.”

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“This new pulse sees architecture as a practice that expands to include issues of harm, connection, trauma, and access—all ideas and experiences that combine to create, subvert, take, or co-opt power. This new biennial might have a pulse that beats within us all.”

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"Powerful, provocative exhibition—New Chicago Architecture Biennial opens, and wants to upset the way you see the city. That’s why you should see it."

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“As North America's largest contemporary art, design and architecture survey, the Chicago Architecture Biennial, now in its third run, has become a platform for discussing some of today's most pressing issues."

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"This biennial is less about buildings and more about the changes and challenges that the human occupation of the world has created — land rights, ecological issues, contested memories."

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"Chicago Architecture Biennial reveals the city’s true foundations. Inspired by its black mayor and a curator from the UK, Chicago is reviving the social narratives that shaped the city."

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The Chicago Architecture Biennial Encourages a New View of the City — "The 2019 Architecture Biennial encourages visitors to seek out buildings and installations that tell a story of the city beyond the well-known sights."

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"The show looks at the bigger, often invisible systems — economic policy, development forces, occupation, environment — that give cities their shape... It also looks at architecture not just as buildings, but as a process that all citizens can engage. Throughout, issues of equity and inequity loom large."

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“For many Chicagoans, pride in local architecture is as natural as rooting for the Cubs or White Sox. But at the Biennial, you won’t find much in the way of Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Sullivan. Instead, exhibits and installations from around the world hope to reframe – and sometimes challenge – the very idea of what architecture is in the first place.”

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“Here and at the Stony Island Arts Bank, a troubled past isn’t being erased but creatively recycled.”

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"The biennial makes efforts to extend beyond the Cultural Center, occupying venues across the city. Photographer Lee Bey’s exhibition Chicago: A Southern Exposure, at the DuSable Museum of African American History in Washington Park, documents the South Side’s architectural classics, placing vernacular works alongside projects by notable designers. The exhibition makes a case for what may need to be fought for in an often-maligned area of the city endangered by future speculation."

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"Much like in 2015, this edition of the biennial eschews superstar architects—no Norman Fosters or Frank Gehrys (although there will be Stanley Tigerman and Pritzker-winning Japanese firm SANAA). Instead the roster comprises rising stars on par with New York’s SO-IL, Berlin’s Diébédo Francis Kéré, and other firms spread across four continents.

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"There are all kinds of indications in this biennial of the forces shaping contemporary architecture; the show puts an emphasis on the ad hoc, the resourceful, the collaborative, the open-ended, the temporary, the socially and environmentally conscious and the formally subtle. Housing is a strong point. Grima and Herda have mostly banished form-making for its own sake. They carefully encourage — coax along — the field’s renewed interest in history."

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CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE BIENNIAL CONCLUDES SUCCESSFUL THIRD EDITION ON JANUARY 5

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CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE BIENNIAL OPENS TO THE PUBLIC ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19

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CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE BIENNIAL ANNOUNCES OVER 100 CIVIC, EDUCATIONAL, AND CULTURAL PROGRAMS THROUGHOUT THE CITY

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CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE BIENNIAL ANNOUNCES MORE THAN 40 CITYWIDE PARTNER SITES AND ORGANIZATIONS

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2019 EDITION CONTRIBUTORS COMPRISE COLLABORATIONS FROM GLOBAL PRACTICES AND PROJECTS THAT PRIORITIZE EXCHANGE AND INTERACTION

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ARTISTIC DIRECTOR YESOMI UMOLU BUILDS OUT CURATORIAL TEAM WITH EXPERTISE IN RESEARCH ARCHITECTURE AND DISCURSIVE PRACTICES

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CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE BIENNIAL ANNOUNCES TITLE AND CURATORIAL FOCUS OF 2019 EDITION

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CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE BIENNIAL ANNOUNCES PARTICIPANTS FOR THE 2017 EDITION

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