News 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial “…and other such stories”
“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.”
James Gauer, Architectural Record
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In September 2019, the third edition of the Chicago Architecture Biennial opened to the public, bringing together more than 80 contributors from 22 countries -- including Theaster Gates, MASS Design Group, Forensic Architecture & Invisible Institute, RMA Architects, Jimmy Robert, Vivien Sansour, and Wolff Architects, to name a few -- and engaging over 50 partner sites and 100 partner organizations across Chicago. This year’s biennial, titled ...and other such stories, explores the way architecture shapes, and is shaped by, culture, history, and nature around the world, asking critical questions about how architecture has informed our present, and the power the field has to shape a better, more sustainable, and more equitable future. The Biennial is free and open to the public running from September 19 2019 and will be on view both in its main venue, the historic Chicago Cultural Center, and in official offsite venues through January 5, 2020.

“Biennials offer a unique opportunity both to reflect on the state of the field and to showcase new projects and research by established and emerging practitioners,” noted Yesomi Umolu, Graham Foundation Artistic Director, Chicago Architecture Biennial. “Our goal with ...and other such stories was to find inspiration in the built environment of Chicago that would spur a conversation globally on our rights, memories, and relationship with the natural world. We are excited to present the biennial projects and continue this collective conversation with citizens of all ages in Chicago and visitors to the city.”

The Chicago Architecture Biennial provides a platform for groundbreaking architectural projects and spatial experiments that demonstrate how creativity and innovation can radically transform our lived experience. Through its constellation of exhibitions, full-scale installations, and programming, the Biennial invites the public to engage with and think about architecture in new and unexpected ways, and to take part in a global discussion on the future of the field.