The inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial takes its title, The State of the Art of Architecture, from a 1977 conference organized by architect Stanley Tigerman, which invited leading American designers to Chicago to discuss the current state of the field. The Chicago Architecture Biennial will expand the spirit and scope of this event. It will invite both emerging and established practices from across the world to Chicago to demonstrate how groundbreaking advances in architectural design are tackling the most pressing issues of today. In this way it will enrich Chicago’s unique role in history as a crucible of architectural innovation. The setting for a succession of pivotal episodes in modern architecture and urbanism, and a context in which architects such as Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Mies van der Rohe developed revolutionary projects, Chicago will operate as a nexus for the ideas and practices that are driving global architectural culture in the 21st century.
Didier Faustino is an artist and architect who works on the intimate relationship between body and space. His approach is multifaceted, from the creation of visual art to the design of spaces that exacerbate the senses. Prominent projects include Body in Transit, which is in the collection of the Centre Pompidou, Paris, and Double Happiness, presented at the Hong Kong/Shenzhen biennale in 2009. Faustino received the Académie d’Architecture’s Dejean Prize for Lifetime Achievement in 2010. He is currently working on prestigious architectural projects around the world, including a library and a cultural center in Mexico, and an experimental house in Spain for the curatorial series Solo Houses.