Chicago Architecture Biennial – Essential October Events

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The Chicago Architecture Biennial, per its name, comes every other year. It’s a significant opportunity for our city to showcase and teach about the world-class architecture we have here. Architects, designers, artists, scholars, historians, and the public get together for a few months to discuss what they’re working on, what they do, and what they need to show the world.

Here are five events we’ve hand-picked from the public programs available this October.

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River Edge Ideas Lab – Tuesday, October 17.

Nine prominent architecture firms release concepts for Chicago’s river-side development. They call it Chicago’s “second coast.” This is not a competition, but a chance for Chicagoans to sound off and learn more about their city. You can find out about the event here.

Future Cities: A Conversation with Chad Friedrichs – Wednesday, October 18.

Head over to the Chicago Cultural Center to screen the film The Experimental City. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. and will include a conversation with the director. Unless you’re already an urban planner, here’s an exciting peek into the realm of city design.

From Frank Lloyd Wright to Chicago’s Jackson Park: The Work of Japanese American Architect Kaneji Domoto – Wednesday, October 18.

The Alphawood Gallery is currently exhibiting on the U.S.’s 20th-century treatment of Japanese Americans, and this event takes that perspective yet further. Legendary architect and landscape designer Kaneji Domoto was both a Frank Lloyd Wright fellow and an incarcerated American in his lifetime. You can find out more about the event here.

Housing as a Human Right: Social Construction – Thursday, October 19.

The National Public Housing Museum opens their next exhibition. You’ll learn about public housing challenges, planners’ responsibilities, and where Chicago stands now.

Power and Identity: Crafting a New Narrative for Women in Architecture – Monday, October 23-Tuesday, October 24.

The Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation hosts a roundtable with minority and female industry leaders.

What events are you looking forward to during this biennial?

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