Chicago Architecture Biennale on Community and Urban Space
Chicago 2021 Architecture Biennale on Community and Urban Space
The 2021 Chicago Architecture Biennale has announced its list of contributors – and it’s a rich, diverse and exciting list, harnessing critical ideas, such as urban and social sustainability, vacant spaces, diversity and community.
The Chicago Architecture Biennale is gearing up for its fourth edition, and the organizers have just announced the contributors who will participate this year, responding to the general theme of the festival, “The Available City”. The list, rich and diverse, is exciting, tapping into innovators promoting important ideas, such as urban space, social sustainability, diversity and community, sparking deep architectural debate.
Festival Artistic Director David Brown paired these creatives with local community groups in Chicago, and together the teams will explore “ forms of shared collective space and inspire imaginative new uses of vacant spaces in the city. ” . As a result, events and exhibits will appear across the city, including neighborhoods such as North Lawndale, Woodlawn, Bronzeville, Pilsen, South Loop, the Loop, and Edgewater.
Contributor Ania Jaworska
A total of 29 participating studios and individuals come from all over the world, covering Cape Town, Caracas, Chicago, Copenhagen, Dublin, Paris, Basel and Tokyo. Exhibitors include Atelier Bow-Wow from Tokyo, Global Practice Gensler, Studio Ossidiana from Rotterdam, Matri-Archi (tecture) from Basel and Cape Town, In Care of Black women from Chicago and Fala from Porto.
The biennial is expected to offer a varied output on vacant urban spaces, including installations, activations, exhibitions, projects and programs. “The Available City results from a long interest in the vacant space landscape that is so prevalent in many cities across the United States and beyond,” said Brown. “The 2021 edition asks us to imagine the possibilities of transforming collective spaces within these vacant spaces through a process of exchange and collaboration between designers and residents. I look forward to the conversations introduced by 2021 contributors given their global perspectives and connections. ”
The event, which is slated to take place both in physical form and on digital platforms, is slated to open on September 17, 2021. §