What’s up with the Chicago Architecture Biennial?

Matt Shaw | Matthew Messner | The Architect's Newspaper

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The 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial (CAB) has just opened its second iteration under the theme “Make New History.” This raises some serious questions.

What’s up with the Chicago Biennial? Courtesy Chicago Architecture Biennial

Why are we still talking about “history” in architecture? Didn’t the cheeky use of architectural history doom postmodernism? Early postmodernism’s original, successful use of decorative, historic forms was a radically subversive act in the 1960s, a revolt against the hegemony of Miesian corporate modernism. But isn’t there a new language for today’s context?

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