The Chicago Architecture Biennial is an unbelievably rich, dense, colorful survey of architectural thought all over the globe. Everything from paper collages to massive urban revitalization projects are represented, and the ideas and conversations being had sparkle with excitement. Excitement…and, sometimes, the way the architects describe their own work is just a little too distant from how it actually plays out in the real world. Below are a selection of projects with two descriptions each: how the architects described them, and the too-long-didn’t-read (TL;DR) synopsis.
(warning: some adult language ahead)
Sou Fujumoto, Architecture Is Everywhere; image credit Jessica A.S. Letaw
Architecture is Everywhere
Sou Fujimoto: “Architecture is first found and then made. Just as our ancestors found their habitat in caves and woods, we discover ours among the many things we encounter in the immense urban jungle. The notion of “found architecture” is represented by juxtaposing human figures and ordinary objects found in everyday life with contexts that might seem coincidental at first, if not fortuitous. This operation makes us start to read these objects as architectural spaces. While we might find these serendipitous pairings interesting for their discrepancy in scale, what lies beyond them might well be the prelude to a new architecture. Fujimoto’s approach can be traced back to Marcel Duchamp’s readymades or John Cage’s series of chance operations – specifically, the act of discovering by chance rather than creating with intent. Architecture Is Everywhere aims to radically question the boundary between “found” and “made” architecture.”
TL;DR: “I AM THE KING OF INSTAGRAM”
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