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Chicago Architecture Biennial Review

October 20, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Given all the venues for viewing ambitious architecture, do we really need the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial, touted in press materials as “the largest international survey of contemporary architecture in North America”? The answer, counter-intuitively, is yes… The result is a pulse-taking of contemporary architecture as it could be—creative responses that suggest solutions to some of the intractable, quotidian challenges of our times, from housing the needy to harnessing baffling new technologies. Instead there are sincere engagements and radical innovations on offer, from … to Providence, R.I.-based Ultramoderne’s monolithic flat roof made of cross-laminated timber—a 56-square-foot expanse common enough in concrete but never before tried in wood—on a shade pavilion built for the biennial on the shores of Lake Michigan.