Chicago's first-ever architecture biennial began last week, spotlighting an American city with a rich architectural heritage.
For the public, a programme of exhibitions, installations and events will be on offer through Jan 3. Here are images of some of the highlights of the event. – AFP
Millennium Park: Concept image of Rock, the Lake Michigan shore kiosk designed by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and NLE, the Amsterdam- and Nigeria-based studio founded by Nigerian architect Kunle Adeyemi. The pop-up pavilion, composed of the raw and historic limestone blocks that once protected the city's shoreline, will be located at Montrose Beach and installed in 2016. The structure's resilient elements can be assembled to suit different locations, vendors and uses, providing shelter while also protecting the shoreline. Rock is one of four designs that won a competition to design lakeside kiosks. As the designs are site-specific, Millennium Park (right) will host representations of the winning works. Photos: NLE (concept image of Rock)/Steve Hall/Hedrich Blessing/Chicago Architecture Biennial (image of Millennium Park)
Studio Albori (Milan, Italy), Makeshift: Also at the cultural centre is Studio Albori's Makeshift. The Italian firm's installation references Chicago's history of free (or improvisational) jazz and includes an area that can be used as a music stage. At the biennial's conclusion, the materials used for the installation will be re-used by the cultural centre. Photo: Tom Harris/Hedrich Blessing/Chicago Architecture Biennial
Vo Trong Nghia Architects (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam), S House: Three architects are presenting full-scale housing models at the Chicago Cultural Center, including this low-cost, single-storey bungalow, S House, from Vo Trong Nghia Architects. Photo: Tom Harris/Hedrich Blessing/Chicago Architecture Biennial
Stony Island Arts Bank: One of the most anticipated happenings was the launch of a new exhibition space called the Stony Island Arts Bank under the direction of artist Theaster Gates, located on Chicago's South Side. Along with the cultural centre, the new space is one of the biennial's main venues. Photo: Tom Harris/Hedrich Blessing/Chicago Architecture Biennial
Norman Kelley (Chicago, US), Chicago: How Do You See? At the biennial's main hub, the Chicago Cultural Center pictured here, Chicago-based architecture and design collaborative Norman Kelley is presenting an exhibition of drawings in the building's windows. Photo: Steve Hall/Hedrich Blessing/Chicago Architecture Biennial
Iwan Baan, Chicago Photo Essay: The biennial commissioned Dutch photographer Iwan Baan to create a photo essay contextualising Chicago's landmarks. Some of Baan's photos focus on Chicago's industrial role and its relationship with Lake Michigan, while others emphasise the day-to-day life of the city. Photos: Iwan Baan/Chicago Architecture Biennial