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Assemble and Sou Fujimoto picked for Chicago Architecture Biennial

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Assemble and Serpentine Pavilion architect Sou Fujimoto are among the 60 firms chosen to participate in the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial

The London-based emerging studio – which won the contest Goldsmiths College’s £1.8 million art gallery last summer – is one of three UK outfits selected for the festival.

Csutoras & Liando and Studio [D]Tale – with UK offices and outposts in Indonesia and South Africa respectively – will also feature in the high-profile event which will run inside the Chicago Cultural Center from October 2015 to January 2016.

International participants meanwhile include Tokyo’s Atelier Bow-Wow, Amsterdam-based photographer Iwan Baan and 2013 Serpentine Pavilion architect Sou Fujimoto.

The full list of participants

  • Al Borde (Quito, Ecuador)
  • allzone / Rachaporn Choochuey (Bangok, Thailand)
  • Andreas Angelidakis (Athens, Greece)
  • Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation (Madrid, Spain; New York, USA)
  • Aranda\Lasch (Tuscon, USA; New York, USA)
  • Assemble (London, UK)
  • Atelier Bow-Wow (Tokyo, Japan)
  • Iwan Baan (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
  • Erin Besler / Besler & Sons (Chicago, USA)
  • Tatiana Bilbao S.C. (Mexico City, Mexico)
  • Bjarke Ingels Group / BIG (Copenhagen, Denmark)
  • Santiago Borja (Mexico City, Mexico)
  • Carlos Bunga (Barcelona, Spain)
  • Bureau Spectacular / Jimenez Lai (Los Angeles, USA)
  • Csutoras & Liando (Jakarta, Indonesia; London, UK)
  • Design With Company (Chicago, USA)
  • El Equipo de Mazzanti / Giancarlo Mazzanti (Bogota, Colombia)
  • Frida Escobedo / Taller de Aquitectura (Mexico City, Mexico)
  • Didier Faustino (Paris, France)
  • Moon Hoon (Seoul, Korea)
  • Indie Architecture + Paul Preissner Architects (Denver, USA)
  • John Ronan Architects (Chicago, USA)
  • Johnston Marklee (Los Angeles, USA)
  • junya.ishigami+associates (Tokyo, Japan)
  • Kéré Architecture / Francis Kéré (Gando, Burkina Faso; Berlin, Germany)
  • Kuehn Malvezzi (Berlin, Germany)
  • Anne Lacaton & Jean-Philippe Vassal and Frederic Druot (Paris, France)
  • Yasmeen Lari / Heritage Foundation Pakistan (Lahore, Pakistan)
  • Lateral Office (Toronto, Canada)
  • LIST / Ido Avissar (Paris, France)
  • MAIO (Barcelona, Spain)
  • Marshall Brown Projects (Chicago, USA)
  • Mass Studies / Minsuk Cho (Seoul, Korea)
  • MOS / Michael Meredith and Hilary Sample (New York, USA)
  • New-Territories / Francois Roche & Camille Lacadee (New York, USA)
  • NLÉ / Kunlé Adeyemi (Lagos, Nigeria; Rotterdam, Netherlands)
  • Norman Kelley (Chicago, USA)
  • OFFICE / Kersten Geers David Van Severen (Brussels, Belgium)
  • Onishimaki + Hyakuda Architects (Tokyo, Japan)
  • OPEN Architecture/ Li Hu & Huang Wenjing (Beijing, China)
  • Lluís Ortega / Sio2arch (Chicago, USA; Barcelona, Spain)
  • otherothers / David Neustein & Grace Mortlock (Sydney, Australia)
  • Pedro&Juana (Mexico City, Mexico)
  • Pezo von Ellrichshaussen (Concepcion, Chile)
  • Plan:b Arquitectos / Felipe Mesa & Federico Mesa (Medellin, Colombia)
  • PORT (Chicago, USA)
  • Productora (Mexico City, Mexico)
  • RAAAF / Rietveld Architecture-Art-Affordances (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
  • Bryony Roberts (Los Angeles, USA; Oslo, Norway)
  • RUA Arquitetos (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
  • Rural Urban Framework (Hong Kong)
  • SO-IL (New York, USA)
  • Sou Fujimoto Architects (Tokyo, Japan)
  • studio Albori (Milan, Italy)
  • Studio [D]Tale (Harare, Zimbabwe; Capetown, South Africa; London, UK)
  • Studio Gang / Jeanne Gang (Chicago, USA)
  • TOMA (Santiago, Chile)
  • UrbanLab / Sarah Dunn and Martin Felson (Chicago, USA)
  • VTN / Vo Trong Nghia Architects (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)
  • WAI Architecture Think Tank (Beijing, China)
  • Weathers / Sean Lally (Chicago, USA)
  • Amanda Williams (Chicago, USA)
  • WORKac+ Ant Farm / Amale Andraos, Dan Wood Chip Lord, & Curtis Schreier (New York, USA)

Biennial co-artistic director Joseph Grima said: ‘During our research, we have had conversations with hundreds of architects working in radically different cultural, social, and economic conditions.

‘The Biennial is an occasion to explore the inspiring work that a new architectural generation is producing.’

Co-artistic director Sarah Herda added: ‘Our goal is to create an exhibition and public program that is meaningful to both the public and architecture professionals.

‘The Biennial is an incredible opportunity to present experimental and provocative architectural projects and ideas in a very public platform, and in a city that continues to be an inspiration to architects across the world.’

Advisors to the festival co-directors include David Adjaye, Frank Gehry, UK property developer Peter Palumbo and Serpentine Gallery co-director Hans Ulrich Obrist.

In December the Chicago Architecture Biennial launched an international contest for an ‘innovative’ kiosk on the shores of Lake Michigan.

The winning design – set to be announced this summer – will be exhibited inside Chicago’s Millennium Park during the biennial.




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