Belgians at Chicago Architecture Biennial

Five Belgian firms are contributing to the second edition of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, which opened on 16 September 2017.

This year, the Chicago Architecture Biennial runs from 16 September to 7 January and its theme is Make New History. The focus lies on the efforts being made by contemporary architects to ensure that their work enters into a dialogue with examples from the past.

The following Flanders and Brussels-based firms were selected for this edition:

51N4E (Brussels)
The Brussels-based firm 51N4E, led by Johan Anrys and Freek Persyn, presents its design for the recently completed Skanderbeg Square in Tirana (Albania). The Albanian capital city’s new central square is shaped like a low pyramid, and this serves to counterbalance the monumental communist buildings with which it is flanked. At the same time, 51N4E is launching its latest book Chapter 1 - Skanderbeg Square, Tirana.

architecten de vylder vinck taillieu (Ghent)
Jan De Vylder, Inge Vinck and Jo Taillieu exhibit a series of columns and beams that enter into a dialogue with the exhibition space. The installation Columns for Space shows a group of four different columns. The artificial ensemble of columns shows the firm's fascination for these architectural elements and their capacity to create space, to transform architecture.

OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen (Brussels)
In collaboration with the artists Peter Wächtler and Michael Van den Abeele, OFFICE has devised a new proposal for the 1922 Chicago Tribune Tower competition. This project is part of the Vertical City exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center. The publication Architecture without Content is also on display in Mollet Geiser’s Rooms for Books.

Filip Dujardin (Ghent)
Architectural photographer and artist Filip Dujardin exhibits a series of three photomontages depicting the typical characteristics of Chicago’s architecture. Chicago shuffle 01 (photo) is about the urban grid that defines so many American cities. Chicago shuffle 02 is based on the iconic Sears Tower (now Willis Tower) and catalogues the various phases in the evolution of high-rise construction. Mies Delirium charts Mies van der Rohe’s huge impact on high-rise architecture in general and, more specifically, the Chicago skyline.

Dogma (Brussels)
Dogma was founded in 2002 and is led by Pier Vittorio Aureli and Martino Tattara. Dogma has always worked on the relationship between architecture and the city, predominately by focusing on urban design and large-scale projects.

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