Mayor Rahm Emanuel announces the second Chicago Architecture Biennial

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The Chicago Architecture Biennial (CAB) and Mayor Rahm Emanuel have announced new leadership, funding, and dates for the second edition of the Biennial, to take place Sept. 16 to Dec. 31, 2017.

Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee of the Los Angeles–based firm Johnston Marklee, which participated in the inaugural Biennial, have been named artistic directors.

CAB executive director Todd Palmer previously worked at the National Public Housing Museum.

The next Biennial will explore the history of art and architecture and the role that history and tradition will play in the next generation of architects.

SC Johnson has renewed its support of the Biennial and will return as the Presenting Sponsor, with a $2.5 million leadership commitment. BP, the founding sponsor, has also renewed its support, with a $1 million commitment.

SC Johnson chairman and CEO Fisk Johnson said in a statement. “Architecture is more than just buildings; these structures can inspire and motivate people to do great things. The Frank Lloyd Wright buildings at our international headquarters in Racine serve as constant reminders of our legacy of bold decisions and making life better for the next generation. We’re thrilled to again share our architectural treasures on this international stage.”

“One of the reasons we support this architectural showcase is that it links the work we do in science, technology, engineering and math with the beauty and ingenuity associated with the architecture in Chicago,” said Doug Sparkman, chief operating officer of BP Fuels North America. “This city is known for the uniqueness of its architecture and since BP is an integral part of Chicago, this is a fantastic way for us to continue supporting the city’s rich cultural heritage and continued growth.”

Mayor Emanuel believes that next year’s edition will also be a successful one. “Not only is the Biennial’s return a testament to our city’s architectural significance, but it speaks to Chicago’s place as one of the world’s cultural destinations and our place in the world of architecture and design,” he said in a statement.

“The Chicago Architecture Biennial’s return in 2017 confirms Chicago as an architectural hub,” said Emanuel. “Last year’s edition was a resounding success, and I’m pleased to see the great planning and support for the second Biennial, which will be even better. Not only is the Biennial’s return a testament to our city’s architectural significance, but it speaks to Chicago’s place as one of the world’s cultural destinations and our place in the world of architecture and design.”

Image: Screen shot of the CAB’s website

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