Chicago Architecture Biennial opens: Big plans for Chicago’s future

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel opened the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial on Oct. 3, backed with $6.5 million in private funds (primarily supported by BP), to demonstrate to the world that Chicago is an epicentre of modern architecture.

Emanuel made the announcement at the Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington Blvd., which will serve as the exposition’s focal point, running through Jan. 3.

The biennial program includes performances, lectures, panel discussions, workshops, exhibitions, tours, film screenings, and social events, exploring issues at the heart of the practice of architecture, while inviting dialogue about how we build, inhabit, and shape our world.

Biennial co-artistic director Sarah Herda explains: “The Biennial’s public programs will invite audiences to think about architecture in unexpected ways.”

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