Editorial 2—What’s Your Story?

Taking the local flows of people, goods, and capital as a starting point, the Chicago Architecture Biennial brings to the fore the role of storytelling and imagination in the issues confronting architecture and urbanism today. One thing becomes clear: community is key. Our story at NESS represents a collective imagination: it is full of collaborations, countries, voices, typologies, and different forms of inhabiting both on and off the page. This editorial features a variety of views and asks what role biennials play in the engagement of architecture with larger issues such as gender, politics, ethics, economy, ecology, technology, art, and more.
Architecture Biennial © Chicago Architecture Biennial / Kendall McCaugherty, 2019

Celebrating Architecture Part II

Building the local ground to discuss architecture’s culture.

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Model studies for Structures of Landscape, Montana, 2016. Courtesy of Ensamble Studio

Ensamble Studio: Between Play and Representation

Ensamble Studio talks with Pablo Gerson about model-making, music, and videos.

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The Museum is Not Enough from the Canadian Centre for Architecture

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Giovanna Borasi in conversation with Florencia Rodriguez

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Guayacan Pavilion by Ambrosi Etchegaray © Jaime Navarro

A Place for Nature: Guayacan Pavilion by AMBROSI ETCHEGARAY

A nursery for the care and reproduction of the Guayacan tree in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Architecture Criticism Series 1 with Mimi Zeiger titled On Criticism, Lateness and Huxtable

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Notes from the Ada Louise Huxtable and the Formation of the Architecture Critic Workshop.

Efrain John Gonzalez Little West 12th Street 1986/2019 Digital print Courtesy of the artist

Learning from Experience: An Exploration of Two Exhibitions at the Leslie-Lohman Museum

Currently on view, “Paco Cao: Attribution” and “On Our Backs” raise new questions and possible methodologies.

Roskilde Festival Folk High School by MVRDV and COBE © Ossip

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Sede CAF Región Sur by LAPS Arquitectos Ph. Javier Agustín Rojas

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A transformation of an existing building in the historic city center of Montevideo.

Photo of the NESS launch event in the Leslie-Lohman Museum in NYC

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Gonzalo Casals presenting "An ABC for Cultural Democracy" at Monte, Buenos Aire Argentina. Ph. Mariam Samur

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Caja de Tierra by Equipo de Arquitectura © Federico Cairoli

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From the book Architecture in Nature / Nature in Architecture. Section of Kure Island and the relationship between coral polyps and sea level change due to climate change over the past thirty million years. Section of Kure Island and the relationship between coral polyps and sea level change due to climate change over the past thirty million years. Hancheng Chen

Abstract Metrics in “Architecture of Nature. Nature of Architecture” by Diana Agrest

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Casa CCFF by Leopold Banchini © Dylan Perrenoud

An Alternative to Concrete: Casa CCFF by Leopold Banchini

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Run Run Run by Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation © José Hevia

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Courtesy of Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism. Ph. Kyungsub Shin Studio

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Higashimatsuyama House by Kohei Kudo & Associates Ph. Kai Nakamura

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MiCasa Vol.C by Studio MK27 ph. Fernando Guerra

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A single open space that completes an existing furniture store complex in São Paulo.

Sea Things by Sam Jacob Ph. Ed Reeve

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Exploring the role of design and architecture in how we imagine our waste system.

The REACH at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts by Steven Holl Architects ©Richard Barnes

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L’Arbre Blanc by French architects Manal Rachdi, Nicolas Laisné, and Dimitri Roussel with Sou Fujimoto © Cyrille Weiner / SFA+NLA+OXO+DR

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Sebastián Adamo and Marcelo Faiden of Adamo-Faiden Ph. Javier Agustín Rojas.

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Courtesy of MDF Mexico Design Fair

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Photo of City Design, Planning & Policy Innovations: The Case of Hermosillo

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Giovanna Borasi and Mirko Zardini

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Residential Building in Málaga by Alejandro Muñoz Miranda ph. Javier Callejas Sevilla

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Flyer for the NESS New York City Launch Event

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James Simon Galerie Berlin by David Chipperfield Architects Ph. Ute Zscharnt for DCA

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Tudor Revival residence by Warc Studio Ph. Aaron Pocock

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Alterations and additions to a wonderful two-story house originally constructed during the interwar period.

Central Square of Naberezhnye Chelny / DROM Ph. Evgeny Evgrafov

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The architects created a sustainable design for the soviet city Naberezhnye Chelny.

Installation image, FOOD Bigger than the Plate at V&A ©Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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Wooden Pavilion by Miguel Quismondo ph. ImagenSubliminal (Miguel de Guzman + Rocio Romero)

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Screenshot of the BowerBird Instagram feed.

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Gordon Matta-Clark, “(Étant d’art pour locataire),” Conical Intersect, 1975. Black ink on grid paper. Gordon Matta-Clark Collection, Canadian Centre for Architecture. Gift of Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark © Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark. Photo © CCA Out of the Box

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Housing for the Elderly in Huningue by Dominique Coulon & associés © Eugeni Pons

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Collective, light-filled housing set along the river banks of the Rhine.

Camper Paseo de Gracia by Kengo Kuma & Associates ph. ImagenSubliminal (Miguel de Guzman + Rocio Romero)

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Concrete Plant Park. Photo: Nathan Kensinger

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Les Cordeliers by ateliers o-s architectes. © Cyrille Weiner

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Chicureo House II by Cristian Izquierdo. © Roland Halbe

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The Librarian Room. Courtesy of Parasite 2.0. Ph. Alec Latan

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Xylem by Kéré Architects. ©Iwan Baan

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