Breaking the Dead Paradigm For Design Exhibitions


Central Park Theater by Manuel Herz Architects. The project evokes memories of the buildings that stood near the Central Park Theater in North Lawndale, which is currently being restored. A pattern based on floor plans and sections of the lost buildings has been painted across the facade. The project was done in collaboration with the Central Park Theater Restoration Committee.. Image © Nathan Keay

Central Park Theater by Manuel Herz Architects. The project evokes memories of the buildings that stood near the Central Park Theater in North Lawndale, which is currently being restored. A pattern based on floor plans and sections of the lost buildings has been painted across the facade. The project was done in collaboration with the Central Park Theater Restoration Committee.. Image © Nathan Keay

This article was originally published on Common Edge.

The problem with being a deliberative writer is that pretty much everything has already been penned by the time you’re ready to write about something. Such is the case with the 2021 Chicago Architecture Biennial (CAB): The Available City. There have been several well-written, insightful essays about the CAB by Zach Mortice, Anjulie Rao, Marianela D’Aprile, and others, so it would be foolish to travel the landscape they have so expertly traversed. Instead, I’m offering a trip through this edition of the CAB, which concluded a successful and significant run on Saturday, down a road less traveled.

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