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Jesús Vassallo

Houston, United States


Jesús Vassallo is a Spanish architect and writer. He is currently an assistant professor at Rice University. His work interrogates the problem of realism in architecture through the production of design and scholarship. He is the author of Seamless: Digital Collage and Dirty Realism in Contemporary Architecture (Park Books, 2016) and is currently finishing a second manuscript titled Epics in the Everyday. His articles have been published internationally in magazines such as AA Files, 2G, Log, Harvard Design Magazine, Future Anterior, Domus, Arquitectura Viva, and Arkitektur DK. Since 2011, he is also an editor of Circo magazine.

CAB 2 Contribution

Project Overview

A Love of the World

A Love of the World is a selection of photographic works, commissioned and curated by Jesús Vassallo in response to the theme of the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial—Make New History. The show features work by ten artists, laid out across and in conversation with the different exhibits in the Biennial. The images gathered in A Love of the World present us with a kaleidoscopic view of architecture and the city where the ideas of the discipline and the artifacts of the world find new and fertile common grounds. Together they insinuate that in order to effectively reintroduce history as a working material for architects today, we must first adopt an understanding of architecture as part of a larger material culture. Through their insistence on looking at architecture as part of a larger context, the images comprising this exhibition construct a visual argument which both expands and challenges what modernity looks like and offers a possible lens to reconceptualize the role of architecture within the built environment.

The artists included in A Love of the World are: Daniel Everett and Philipp Schaerer (Michigan Avenue Galleries), Scott Fortino and David Schalliol (Landmark Gallery), Veronika Kellndorfer and Filip Dujardin (Exhibit Hall), Luisa Lambri (Yates Room), Marianne Mueller (G.A.R. Hall), James Welling (Michigan Avenue Façade and the City Gallery in the Historic Watertower), and Katharina Gaenssler (Michigan Avenue).

The City is the Site