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Chicago Architecture Biennial highlights “underdiscussed” topics

The Chicago Cultural Center and Chicago Architecture Biennial’s Artistic Director Yesommi Umolu (Credit: Wikipedia and Chicago Architecture Biennial)

The Chicago Architecture Biennial, which features works from architects and designers from around the world, will this year highlight “underdiscussed” topics, organizers announced.

The third biennial will take place from Sept. 19 to Jan. 5, with a broad theme: “… and other such stories.” In addition to covering areas often overlooked, it will also focus on issues that have particular relevance today, artistic director Yesomi Umolu told the Chicago Tribune.

The free event, the largest architecture and design exhibition in North America, will take place at the Chicago Cultural Center on Michigan Avenue across from Millennium Park.

Biennial Executive Director Todd Palmer said this year’s focus will open up “the architectural conversation on key socio-political and environmental issues that shape our present reality.”

The event typically exhibits about 100 works. Umolu, who is working with co-curators Sepake Angiama and Paulo Tavares, declined to name possible participants but said an initial list will be released in March. [Chicago Tribune] — John O’Brien


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