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the chicago architecture biennial 2019.

19 September 2019 - 5 January 2020

…and other such stories embraces a broad spectrum of perspectives on architecture to imagine space and the built environment anew

the chicago architecture biennial announced today that its 2019 edition, titled …and other such stories, will form an expansive and multi-faceted exploration of the field of architecture and the built environment globally. developed through a research-led approach, the biennial will address the potency of space, architecture, and the natural world as they relate to four areas of inquiry: (1) no land beyond, which draws inspiration from indigenous approaches to nature, ecology, and landscape that transcend property ownership; (2) appearances and erasures, which explores both shared and contested memories in consideration of monuments, memorials, and social histories; and (3) rights and reclamations and (4) common ground, which foreground aspects of rights, advocacy, and civic purpose in architectural practice, including affordable and equitable housing

the third edition of the biennial is particularly inspired by chicago, moving beyond the grand narratives of the city’s architectural heritage to explore the history and conditions that have and continue to shape its urban development. this approach has inspired a broader view on the field of architecture to embrace practices that span building, design, planning, visual art, policymaking, education, and activism. …and other such stories will create a program that addresses the four areas of inquiry from these varied frames of reference — together exploring the changing and challenging conditions of our societies and environments. emanating from the central exhibition at the chicago cultural center and extending into the city, the 2019 biennial will feature a series of new commissions, residencies, partner projects, and public programs.

the team is comprised of artistic director yesomi umolu, a contemporary art curator, and co-curators sepake angiama, a curator whose work centers on education, and paulo tavares, a brazil-based architect and academic.


19 September 2019
5 January 2020
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