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10/20/17

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Chicago Architecture Biennial: Not Just Glass Towers

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Source: Vice

While acknowledging our digital present, the Chicago Architecture Biennial's sprawling sophomore installment snubs celebrity and takes a deep dive into history, material, and process.

Chicago often gets short shrift as an American cultural center, but not in the case of architecture. The Midwestern capital has long been a preeminent laboratory of architectural innovation, the home of venerated projects by such modernist titans as Mies van der Rohe, and notable skyscrapers like the 110-story Skidmore, Owings & Merrill-designed former Sears Tower (now the Willis Tower), the world's tallest building until 1998. So it makes a lot of sense for Chicago to host an architecture biennial.

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