Studying the Cityscape – Chicago Reader

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This fall marks the return of the Chicago Architecture Biennale, an exhibition of activities, tours and exhibitions across the city that highlight the power of architecture and the way Chicagoans inhabit the cities. city ​​spaces. While looking at skyscrapers and touring old homes are always uplifting and fun ways to experience Chicago, the Biennale asks its audience to think more, interact more, and understand what the principles of the built environment mean. really for our daily life.

This year’s theme, “The Available City,” serves as a framework for a community approach to the ongoing issues of the Biennale, which are also fundamental concepts to consider when thinking about what we are building and how. we inhabit space. . How do we live? How do our choices affect Chicagoans in other neighborhoods? Who makes the decisions about the appearance of our cityscape? Why was this building placed here, and why is this empty lot setting there?

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A preview of the 2021 Chicago Architecture Biennale, courtesy of the organizers of the Biennale.

The Chicago Architecture Biennale programming will take place in various areas of the city including Lawndale, South Loop, Woodlawn, Edgewater and also online. It all starts with celebrations on Saturday 9/17 and Sunday 9/18, which include the start of the CCA PermaPark Academy, a project of the Bittertang Farm group (Saturday’s event at 1320 S. Pulaski will include a vaccination clinic and a barbecue), and the kick-off of the Englewood Village Plaza project built by Atelier Bow-Wow (Saturday’s event at 58th and Halsted is launching a new Englewood Village Market with fresh produce and activities for kids).

Chicago Architecture Biennale Information on the “The Available City” event and program is available at chicagoarchitecturebienal.org.

For a glimpse into past architecture, consider going to Wrightwood 659 this fall to see “Romanticism to Ruin: Two Lost Works of Sullivan and Wright,” an exhibition of photographs and research on two buildings that are no longer: Louis Sullivan’s Garrick Theater Building in Chicago and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Larkin Building in Buffalo, New York. The Wright Building was constructed for 44 years, and the Garrick Sullivan Theater Building stood for 69 years at 64 W. Randolph, but even photographs of the ruins of the buildings show the imposing physical presence and architectural heritage. that these two structures support to this day.

“Romanticism in Ruin: Two Lost Works of Sullivan and Wright”, on view 9/24/11/27 at Wrightwood 659, 659 W. Wrightwood, wrightwood659.org

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