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2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial: The Latest Architecture and News

Chicago Architecture Biennial Announces 2019 Partner Sites

11:00 - 5 July, 2019
Chicago Architecture Biennial Announces 2019 Partner Sites, Ship of Tolerance. Image © Zug-Tourismus-Fotografie-Daniel
Ship of Tolerance. Image © Zug-Tourismus-Fotografie-Daniel

The Chicago Architecture Biennial has announced more than 40 citywide partner sites and organizations for the festival’s 2019 edition. Cultural organizations from across the city, such as the Art Institute of Chicago and Navy Pier, will be activated by independent programming in coordination with the Biennial, resulting in “a citywide exploration of architecture, space, the environment, history, and community.”

Art Institute of Chicago. Image © Art Institute of Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Photographer: Peter McCullough. Image © MCA Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Image © MCA Chicago Art Institute of Chicago. Image © Art Institute of Chicago + 7

Chicago Architecture Biennial Announces 2019 Early Highlight Contributors

05:00 - 15 March, 2019
Chicago Architecture Biennial Announces 2019 Early Highlight Contributors, The new graphic identity of the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial. by LA-based ELLA. Image Courtesy of Chicago Architecture Biennial
The new graphic identity of the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial. by LA-based ELLA. Image Courtesy of Chicago Architecture Biennial

The third Chicago Architecture Biennial will occur from September 19, 2019, to January 5, 2020, and yesterday the first group of contributors to the 2019 edition and publication was announced. This year’s theme, “...and other such stories,” will bring together a multi-faceted and international exploration of architecture and the built environment. Newly commissioned projects for the Biennial will highlight issues including public housing, social justice, and the appropriation and preservation of the natural environment.

Chicago Architecture Biennial Curators Announce 2019 Theme

05:00 - 6 February, 2019
Chicago Architecture Biennial Curators Announce 2019 Theme , The new graphic identity of the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial. by LA-based ELLA. Image Courtesy of Chicago Architecture Biennial
The new graphic identity of the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial. by LA-based ELLA. Image Courtesy of Chicago Architecture Biennial

The curatorial team of the Chicago Architecture Biennial has announced the theme of the third edition of the event, to be titled "...and other such stories". The intentionally-broad theme proposes an investigation of architecture / the built environment not just as a form, but as a culmination of the conditions that shape it. ...and other such stories is a collaborative effort between Artistic Director Yesomi Umolu and co-curators Sepake Angiama (a curator focused on education) and Paulo Tavares (a Brazilian architect and academic).

Sepake Angiama, photographed by Zachary Johnston. Image Courtesy of Chicago Architecture Biennial Paulo Tavares, photographed by Gabriel Ribeiro. Image Courtesy of Chicago Architecture Biennial Yesomi Umolu, photographed by Zachary Johnston. Image Courtesy of Chicago Architecture Biennial Monadnock's 'Make Big Plans' installation at the Chicago Architecture Biennial, a reference to a quote by Chicago architect Daniel Burnham: "Make no Little Plans". Photo by Tom Harris. Image Courtesy of Chicago Architecture Biennial + 7

11 Architecture Biennials to Pay Attention to in 2019

08:00 - 9 January, 2019
11 Architecture Biennials to Pay Attention to in 2019

Venice captured all architects' hearts and minds last year, but 2019 —a Venice-less year— will be still a year full of biennials and festivals around the world (many of which we're proud to be official partners of). The excitement is already building. 

From Chicago's new approaches to the traditional practices to Shenzhen's future technology prospect; from Oslo's degrowth agenda to Brazil's focus on everyday architecture, it's time to start saving dates for the following biennials around the world!

Yesomi Umolu Selected as Artistic Director of the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial

09:40 - 6 March, 2018
Yesomi Umolu Selected as Artistic Director of the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial, Images by Wikimedia user Victorgrigas (left) and Andrew Bruah
Images by Wikimedia user Victorgrigas (left) and Andrew Bruah

The Chicago Architecture Biennial has announced the selection of writer and curator Yesomi Umolu as Artistic Director for the event’s 2019 edition.

Currently holding the position of Exhibitions Curator at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago, Umolu draws from her background in architectural design and curatorial studies in creating exhibitions that explore the politics of the built environment. Recent projects include Kapwani Kiwanga: The sum and its parts, The Land Grant: Forest Law, and The Museum of Non Participation: The New Deal.