Courtesy Studio Barnes
Today the Chicago Architecture Biennial announced its first list of 29 international contributors for its 2021 edition, titled The Available City. The fourth iteration of CAB opens on September 17th and features a mix of installations, exhibits, projects and programs, both located in neighborhoods around Chicago and shared on digital platforms.
CAB’s Artistic Director, David Brown, also a designer, researcher, and educator at the University of Illinois at the Chicago School of Architecture, shared the initial list of contributors during a virtual press conference, stating that the designers were involved with Chicago community groups Projects that would work that do so take advantage of vacant lots in the city. Through this “improvisational” approach, Brown hopes to promote a framework that “puts community first, not systems first” and “illustrates the exponential effects that small elements … as a whole can have”.
During CAB’s press conference in 2021, Germane Barnes, founder of Miami-based Studio Barnes, gave a sneak preview of his company’s collaboration with Shawhin Roudbari of the University of Colorado, Boulder and the Chicago-based MAS Context in partnership with Open Architecture Chicago. Together, the team will investigate the redesign of vacant lots beneath Chicago’s elevated railway tracks, a project that Barnes hopes will “celebrate community empowerment and collaboration.”
The full list of initial contributors for the 2021 Chicago Architecture Biennial, titled The Available City, is as follows:
- Ana Miljački (Critical Broadcasting Lab at MIT), Boston
- Ania Jaworska, Chicago
- Atelier Bow-Wow, Tokyo
- Borderless Studio, Chicago
- Central Park Theater Restoration Committee, Chicago
- Christophe Hutin Architecture, Bordeaux, France
- District Department, Mexico City
- Drawing architecture studio, Beijing
- El Cielo, Mexico City
- Englewood Nature Trail, Chicago
- Link Architektur + Stadtlabor, Caracas fala, Porto, Portugal
- Gensler (Stone Soup Group), Los Angeles and Chicago
- Hood Design Studio, Oakland, California
- For black women, Chicago
- Jill Desimini, Cambridge, Mass.