After the city’s first two biennials, with titles like “The State of Art and Architecture,” and “Make New History,” this year Artistic Director Yesomi Umolu and her team have chosen a theme that makes an effort to showcase the less shiny history but all important stories of Chicago.
“…and other stories,” will use architecture as a way to examine global issues and bring together diverse perspectives. The third edition of the biennial will side step the well-known narratives of city—like Burnham’s famous vision to “make no small plans” or being home to world’s first steel-framed skyscrapers.
The biennial team along with Mayor Rahm Emanuel were in New York City on Tuesday morning to make the announcement about the architecture event.
Umolu and co-curators Sepake Angiama, a curator whose work centers on education, and Paulo Tavares, a Brazil-based architect and academic, spent months researching in Chicago and the other cities that will be a focus of the biennial.
“Our approach to this edition of the biennial has evolved through conversations with architects, spatial practitioners, and everyday people in Chicago and other global locations, including through partnerships fostered in our research initiatives in the cities of Sao Paulo, Johannesburg, and Vancouver,” said Artistic Director Yesomi Umolu in a statement. “Through these engagements, we have drawn out a myriad of stories about how daily experiences across global communities, cities, territories, and ecologies resonate with architectural and space-making practices.”