Starting October 3, over 100 designers convene for a full-on architecture biennial in Chicago that will take over most of the city’s cultural venues with what is the largest survey of contemporary architecture in North America. Architects from around the world will exhibit, examine, and discuss the Biennial’s theme, “The State of the Art of Architecture.” Here are our editor’s picks for the can’t-miss things to see at this year’s Biennial.
James Wines—of SITE fame—will show drawings from his collection that features more than 150 architecture, landscape, interior, and exhibition projects.
Pezo von Ellrichshausen with Illinois Institute of Technology
The Cent Pavilion—a 40-foot tower of silent and convoluted simplicity—was designed by Chilean architecture firm Pezo von Ellrichshausen with the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Kunlé Adeyemi with The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Rock is a pop-up pavilion—a public sculpture—composed from the raw and historic limestone blocks that once protected the city’s shoreline.
Paul Preissner and Paul Anderson with University of Illinois at Chicago School of Architecture
Summer Vault consists of basic geometric shapes—a 12-foot-diameter barrel vault, a parallelogram, triangles—that create a freestanding hangout.
Lakefront Kiosk Competition—Chicago Horizon
Designed to Eat
Superpowers of Ten
American choreographer Jessica Lang will create a new dance in collaboration with architect Steven Holl.