A frame shop features works from local Chicago artists, both in and out of the frame.
This year, the Biennial will concentrate on programming rather than installations, connecting practitioners and community organizations already invested in transforming urban land. This format has the potential to rethink the role of architectural exhibitions.
Marisa Novara, who serves as the Commissioner of Housing for the City of Chicago, spoke with architect and educator Craig Wilkins whose groundbreaking work on hip-hop architecture remains required reading for a generation of social theorists and practitioners.
The case of Altgeld Gardens shows us that radical imagination, lobbying and challenging power directly can go hand-in-hand with the making of a garden.
Through Biyun Feng’s photographs, you will see that these sites—although vacant—aren’t empty; they are available.
Soil Lab is building a place of assembly in North Lawndale by using brick, tile, and rammed earth to create a structure that will become a “community meeting point.”
One of the critical lessons of the pandemic, especially in communities of color, is the need for safe outdoor public spaces for people to gather with their neighbors, enjoy healthy physical activity, exchange information and share resources.
Outpost Office’s work for the Biennial seems to respond to many aspects of urban design and culture in Chicago—from the grid layout to the prevalence of hard-surface playlots.
The neighborhood sites for this edition of the Chicago Architecture Biennial are installed on the city’s vacant lots, leaving me wondering about the long-term impact these installations will have on neighborhoods.
How can you see 125 million square feet worth of vacant land?