This year's Chicago Architecture Biennial, The Available City, will take place from September 17 - December 18, 2021 at locations across the city. The 2021 edition will present ideas and possibilities for vacant urban spaces, activated with and for local community groups in collaboration with designers.
Comprising in-person and digital programs, The Available City moves outside of what has historically been the main venue of the Chicago Cultural Center to upwards of ten outdoor sites and two indoor exhibition venues. The 2021 Biennial spans ten neighborhoods and features 18 projects created by more than 68 contributors, with site partners ranging from community gardens and historic sites to schools and vacant lots.
Each will bring The Available City's community-focused exploration of architecture and the urban landscape into neighborhoods throughout Chicago, augmented and broadened by the participation of cultural partners across the city.
Throughout the Biennial, there will be a series of dedicated activation weekends between September 17 and October 31, 2021, that bring CAB's installation sites to life through conversations, performances, and workshops in partnership with community organizations. Installation sites include Grow Greater Englewood, Community Christian Alternative Academy's PermaPark, Central Park Theater, Westside Association for Community Action's playlot, and El Paseo Community Garden. All projects and programs are developed in close collaboration with neighborhood organizations, schools, local residents, and the global architects who are contributors to the Biennial.