The Chicago Architecture Biennial (CAB) is a three month long architecture and design exhibition offering many free events, lectures, tours, exhibits and more city-wide.
When: September 16, 2017-January 7, 2018. All events are free and open to the public.
There are fifteen lectures in the City and suburbs. Following are all the lectures downtown. Search the calendar for all lectures here.
Chicago Cultural Center lectures 78 E. Washington
IIT College of Architecture/MHCAP + SANAA Lecture/Panel, September 16, 2017, 2:00 pm–4:00 pm G.A.R. Hall
Learn about the development of IIT Campus and its impact on the surrounding neighborhoods.
White Wanderer: Creating a Climate Change Soundtrack Lecture/Panel, September 26, 2017, 6:30 pm–9:00 pm Claudia Cassidy Theater
A discussion of White Wanderer, a sound installation of recordings of Larsen C, an ice shelf in Antarctica, which is rapidly melting.
Mark Fell with Katherine Young Performance, September 29, 2017, 8:00 pm–10:00 pm Preston Bradley Hall
British artist plays sounds in conjunction with the acoustics and architecture in Preston Bradley Hall.
Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle & Hannah Higgins Lecture/Panel, October 3, 2017, 6:30 pm–9:00 pm Claudia Cassidy Theater
Mr. Manglano-Ovalle discusses his use of the grid and its impact on contemporary practice.
Spray Runners with Miguel Aguilar Lecture/Panel, October 10, 2017, 3:00 pm–6:00 pm
Discussion with architects on graffiti and architecture with students.
River Edge Ideas Lab Lecture/Panel, October 17, 2017, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm Claudia Cassidy Theater
Nine architecture firms produce design concepts for areas on the South Branch of the Chicago River. These concepts will be organized into an exhibition for public review and comment.
Characters in the Theater of Everyday Life Lecture/Panel, October 24, 2017, 6:30 pm–8:00 pm Claudia Cassidy Theater
Explores three specific areas: buildings as characters; occupants as characters; and architects as characters.
Making History—Frank Lloyd Wright at the Global Crossroads: Chicago/Tokyo/NYC/LA Lecture/Panel, November 16, 2017, 6:00 pm–7:30 pm.
Discusses the global design practice of Frank Lloyd Wright and it’s role in “making history.”
BP Student Design Prize Lecture/Panel,December 13, 2017, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm Preston Bradley Hall
Chicago students ages 13–18 enter a design competition with prizes awarded at this event.
Art Institute of Chicago lectures 230 S. Columbus
Reflections on Make New History with Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee Lecture/Panel, November 15, 2017, 6:30 pm–8:00 pm Rubloff Auditorium.
Artistic Directors of 2017 CAB speak on the trajectory of their artistic vision of “Make New History.”
Lecture: Tadao Ando Lecture/Panel, December 11, 2017, 6:30 pm–8:00 pm Art Institute of Chicago – Rubloff Auditorium
Mr. Ando will reflect on his life’s work and discuss current projects.