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James R. Thompson Center

About the program

James R. Thompson Center

100 W Randolph St., Chicago, IL, 60601

Thursday-Saturday 10 AM -5 PM

The Chicago Architecture Biennial is pleased to announce the participation of the James R. Thompson Center as a Cultural Partner and City Site for the fifth edition of the citywide exhibition, CAB 5: This Is A Rehearsal. CAB 5’s artistic team is led by the Chicago-based artist collective, Floating Museum. Hailed as one of Chicago’s postmodern architectural marvels, the Helmut Jahn-designed building will open to the public from September 21, 2023–through the end of the year and will host five exhibitions and site-specific installations made possible by Prime, Capri, and Google.

Open to the public Thu-Sat: 10am-5pm


Achim Menges

Institute for Computational Design and Construction, Prof. Achim Menges; Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design, Prof. Jan Knippers; ITECH & IntCDC Cluster of Excellence, University of Stuttgart, Germany

Stuttgart, Germany


Achim Menges and Jan Knippers founded the international Master of Science program Integrative Technologies and Architectural Design Research (ITECH) at the University of Stuttgart, which aims to harness digital technologies in order to rethink design, fabrication, and construction based on integration and interdisciplinarity, to address the ecological, socioeconomic, and sociocultural challenges of the built environment. Menges and Knippers have collaborated on various groundbreaking projects and award-winning exhibitions, including Maison Fibre at the Biennale Architettura 2021 in Venice, livMatS Pavilion in the Botanic Garden in Freiburg, the Urbach Tower, and the BUGA Pavilions in Heilbronn, Germany, amongst many othersAchim Menges is a registered architect in Frankfurt and full professor at the University of Stuttgart, where he is the founding director of the Institute for Computational Design and Construction (ICD) and the director of the Cluster of Excellence on Integrative Computational Design and Construction for Architecture (IntCDC).Jan Knippers is head of the Institute for Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE) at the University of Stuttgart and a consulting structural engineer at the intersection of research, development, and practice. He is the deputy director of IntCDC and is currently dean of the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Stuttgart.


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