The Chicago Architecture Biennial will be running from September 16th 2017 through January 7th 2018. This year’s Biennial features over 141 practitioners from more than 20 countries addressing the 2017 theme ‘Make New History.’ Artistic Directors Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee have selected architects and artists whose eye-opening creations will invite the public to explore how the latest architecture can and will make new history in places around the world. This could be an opportune moment in which history could connect the biennial to issues outside of architecture, or speculate on new ways architecture could be relevant in the world. It could help point to the future and imagine how technology, the environment, migration, and other nascent geopolitical forces will rearrange the world.
The New York Times notes that Ms. Johnston, 51, and Mr. Lee, 49, are part of a bumper crop of designers whose sensibilities are bringing new depth to contemporary architecture around the world. Within the broader theme, sub-categories will include building histories, material histories, image histories and civic histories. Johnston and Lee believe the last of these four will be particularly important in sparking discussion around key issues affecting the US today, including the role of Confederate monuments in American towns and cities.
Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek into the exhibition.