…and other such stories

2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial

Edited by Yesomi Umolu, Sepake Angiama, and Paulo Tavares

Columbia Books on Architecture and the City

…and other such stories

Pub Date: October 2019

ISBN: 9781941332542

224 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $28.00£22.00

…and other such stories

2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial

Edited by Yesomi Umolu, Sepake Angiama, and Paulo Tavares

Columbia Books on Architecture and the City

What constitutes the social context of architecture? What kind of stories can be told about how lived experiences across global communities, cities, territories, and ecologies resonate with architectural and space-making practices? The 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial explores the implications of architecture and the built environment as they relate to land, memory, rights, and civic participation—drawing buildings, planning, art, policy making, education, and activism into new conversations at global and civic scales.

Published in conjunction with the third iteration of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, …and other such stories extends the exhibition’s core questions through a range of essays, interviews, and visual dossiers, along with a section introducing the Biennial’s contributors. It is structured by a series of curatorial frames: (1) No Land Beyond reflects on landscapes of belonging and sovereignty that challenge narrow definitions of land as property and commodity; (2) Appearances and Erasures explores both shared and contested memories in consideration of monuments, memorials, and social histories; (3) Rights and Reclamations foregrounds aspects of rights, advocacy, and civic purpose in architectural and spatial practices; and (4) Common Ground addresses practices invested in producing and intervening in public space within and beyond the field of architecture.

About the Author

Yesomi Umolu, artistic director, is director and curator at the Logan Center Exhibitions at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, University of Chicago, where she oversees a program of international contemporary art. She recently served on the curatorial advisory board for the United States Pavilion at the sixteenth Venice Architecture Biennale.

Sepake Angiama, curator, is a curator and educator based in Europe. She recently served as head of education for Documenta 14, and she was recently a Fellow at BAK (basis voor actuele kunst), Utrecht.

Paulo Tavares, curator, is an architect who lives in Brasília, where he is a professor at the Faculdade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo, University of Brasília. In 2017 he created the agency autonoma, dedicated to urban research and intervention, and he is a long-term collaborator of Forensic Architecture.