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Chicago Architecture Biennial Reveals 2021 Contributors | Architect Magazine

The fourth iteration of the event will include 29 participants from international cities, including Chicago, Dublin, Paris, and Tokyo.

Courtesy Studio Barnes Pop-up Porch, by Studio Barnes
Courtesy Studio Barnes Pop-up Porch, by Studio Barnes

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Today, the Chicago Architecture Biennial announced its initial list of 29 international contributors for its 2021 edition, titled The Available City. The fourth iteration of CAB will open on Sept. 17 and include a mix of installations, exhibits, projects, and programs that will be both located in neighborhoods around Chicago and shared on digital platforms.

CAB artistic director David Brownalso a designer, researcher, and educator at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Architectureshared the initial list of contributors during a virtual press conference, explaining that the designers would work with Chicago community groups on projects that make use of vacant lots owned by the city. Through this “improvisational” approach, Brown hopes to encourage a framework that places “community first, rather than systems first” and exemplifies “the exponential impact that small elements … can have in aggregate.”

During CAB’s press conference, 2021 contributor Germane Barnes, founder of the Miami-based Studio Barnes, gave a brief preview of his firm’s collaboration with Shawhin Roudbari from the University of Colorado, Boulder and Chicago-based MAS Context in partnership with Open Architecture Chicago. Together, the team will investigate the transformation of vacant lots underneath Chicago’s elevated train tracks, a project that Barnes says he hopes will “celebrate self-determination and community collaboration.”

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