The inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial, “The State of the Art of Architecture,” kicked off in October and runs through January, promising to honor the legacy of a city built by such great architects as Frank Lloyd Wright. It’s a big, bold moment for a big, bold city, intended to make Chicago a laboratory for contemporary architecture.
Part of the equation is London-based architect David Adjaye—the man responsible for Washington, D.C.’s upcoming National Museum of African American History and Culture, whose retrospective is also running at the Art Institute of Chicago through January. Adjaye is on the Biennial advisory team and thinking, as ever, about the civic possibilities of architecture.
With Chicago-based artist and social activist Theaster Gates, Adjaye is contemplating an architecture-meets-art project for the Biennial. “I’m talking about doing something on the South Side of Chicago with Theaster,” Adjaye said during the Pritzker Architecture Prize awards at the Frank Gehry–designed New World Center in Miami Beach. “I think the Biennial is going to be an important architectural moment for Chicago.”
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