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Chicago Architecture Biennale
September 16, 2017 @ 8:00 am - December 31, 2017 @ 5:00 pm UTC+4
The two central themes of the Chicago Architecture Biennial 2017 are the axis between history and modernity and the axis between architecture and art.
Of critical importance in architectural discussion today is the renewed role that history plays in its making. One of the most dramatic ruptures in the evolution of architecture over the last century has been the fissure between history and modernity. The insistence on being unprecedented and unrelated to architectures of the past reached new heights at the beginning of the millennium, as more and more architects became reluctant to consider what they do as being part of a larger collective project or part of a longer architectural history.
On the other hand, a renewed interest in history and precedents of architecture has been emerging among a new generation of architects. Committed to progress but always within an architectural tradition, these architects are producing innovative and subversive works grounded in the fundamentals of the discipline, rooted in the fabrics of the cities where they are built, without having to keep up with the latest micro-trends and being accused of cultural appropriation. This group constantly ventures into the realm of the new and the unknown, but always returns to history in order to find the old in the new and the new in the old.
While architecture is rediscovering its own roots and tradition, its relationship with art has become more fluid and dynamic. Today this relationship between art and architecture is transforming into a new era of convergence. On one hand, both art and architecture have evolved as practices along with the changing nature of public space, in the function of specific sites, and in the expanding definitions of national and civic identities. On the other hand, the proliferation of multimedia art practices has further blurred the expertise and responsibilities of distinct disciplines.
At a time when anything goes, when there is too much information and not enough attention, when architecture does not celebrate shared values, the examination of this renewed interest in architectural history, the role of art and architecture, and their impact on cultural continuity is more pressing than ever before.
The Chicago Architecture Biennial 2017 aims to address these issues through the lens of the city. With its abundance of wealth in architectural tradition, Chicago becomes the ideal place where questions can be raised and ideas examined toward the making of a new history.