Revealing contributors for 2021 Chicago Architecture Biennial

May 6, 2021

The Chicago Architecture Biennial has revealed contributors for its fourth edition: titled The Available City. The initial list of 29 contributors brings design perspectives from cities around the world. Photo © Nathan Keay[1]
The Chicago Architecture Biennial has revealed contributors for its fourth edition titled The Available City. The initial list of 29 contributors brings design perspectives from cities around the world.
Photo © Nathan Keay

The Chicago Architecture Biennial[2] (CAB) has announced the contributors for its 2021 edition, The Available City. The initial list of 29 global innovators brings design perspectives from cities around the world.

Contributors are from cities including Cape Town (South Africa), Caracas (Venezuela), Chicago (Illinois), Copenhagen (Denmark), Dublin (Ireland), Paris (France), Basel (Switzerland), and Tokyo (Japan) The international design innovators are paired with Chicago community groups to explore forms of shared, collective space and inspire new and imaginative uses of vacant spaces in the city. The installations, activations, exhibits, projects, and programs will be shared with the public in neighborhoods across Chicago and on digital platforms when the Biennial opens on September 17.

Through the platform of The Available City, artistic director David Brown has paired teams of contributors who bring different experiences but share a focus that unites them.

The Available City results from a long interest in the landscape of vacant spaces that are so prevalent in many cities,” said Brown. “The 2021 edition asks us to imagine the transformative possibilities of collective spaces within those vacant spaces through a process of exchange and collaboration between designers and local residents.”

The 2021 Biennial projects will include these new commissions.

Matri-Archi(tecture) (Cape Town and Basel)

An intersectional collective bringing African womxn of color together to empower African cities, is partnering with in care of Black women, a placemaking initiative fostering economies of care.

Studio Barnes with Shawhin Roudbari and MAS Context (Miami and Chicago)

They will apply lessons from their team’s past projects, including the ‘pop-up porch,’ environmental design promoting community engagement and issue-focused events and installations. They will partner with Open Architecture Chicago which is exploring a proposed 15 block greenway under the Chicago Transit Authority’s Pink Line to connect four stations in Lawndale in an effort to transform vacant lots underneath the elevated train tracks.

Over the coming months, the Biennial will announce key partnerships and collaborations between the contributors and community organizations for this year’s edition of the Biennial.

The Available City will be presented at sites located throughout Chicago. The teams will collaborate with Chicago community groups in a hands-on, community-driven design process that will activate latent spaces including community gardens, decommissioned schools, and storefronts in addition to vacant lots.

The 2021 contributors[3] are:

Endnotes:
  1. [Image]: https://www.constructionspecifier.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Opener-9.jpg
  2. The Chicago Architecture Biennial: https://chicagoarchitecturebiennial.org/
  3. The 2021 contributors: https://chicagoarchitecturebiennial.org/current_edition/contributors

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