Chicago Architecture Biennial Kiosks Coming

The Chicago Architecture Biennial is coming this autumn and part of the festival includes a competition to design a kiosk to be placed along the city’s lakefront. With the March 23rd deadline for entries fast approaching, we received several notices today about the event, so we’re passing the reminders on to you. Now get busy!


 

CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE BIENNIAL PARTNERS WITH THREE CHICAGO-BASED ARCHITECTURE SCHOOLS AND THREE INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTURE FIRMS TO DESIGN ADDITIONAL KIOSKS AS PART OF INITIATIVE TO ENHANCE LAKEFRONT.
LAKEFRONT KIOSK COMPETITION STILL OPEN FOR SUBMISSION DEADLINE: MARCH 23

CHICAGO (March 16, 2015) – Late last year, the Chicago Architecture Biennial announced the Lakefront Kiosk Competition, organized in partnership with the Chicago Park District and the City of Chicago. The competition calls for the inventive design of a new kiosk that will be installed on Chicago’s lakefront, one of the city’s most vibrant public spaces. The winner will receive the BP Prize, which includes an honorarium for design development and a construction budget to realize the design. In parallel to the competition, the Chicago Architecture Biennial is partnering with local schools of architecture to commission three additional kiosks.

Along with the winning competition entry, the three commissioned kiosks will contribute to a broader initiative, envisioned by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Park District, that aims to enhance cultural life along the shoreline of Lake Michigan. With over twenty miles of parks, beaches, paths, trails and recreational facilities, the lakefront is the city’s largest public space and is a destination for both local residents and visitors to Chicago.

“This collaboration provides an unprecedented opportunity for students to work with leading architects from around the world. These works of micro-architecture represent both the forefront and the future of the field, and will enrich our lakefront for years to come,” says Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Participating schools include the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), and the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Each school has selected an architectural firm to design a lakefront kiosk. The Chicago Architecture Biennial’s partnerships with IIT, SAIC, and UIC will create exciting educational opportunities for local students of architecture to learn from internationally renowned architects and to contribute to a significant architectural project in the city. The project marks a unique collaboration between architectural leaders, students, schools, and city programs.

Today, the Chicago Architecture Biennial is proud to announce the three architecture firms who will collaborate with Chicago-based architecture schools to create three new lakefront kiosks.

The Illinois Institute of Technology’s College of Architecture, a school that explores the role of architecture, urbanism and landscape within the global conditions of the 21st century, will collaborate with Pezo von Ellrichshausen, an art and architecture studio based in Concepción, Chile. Founding partners Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen were curators of the Chilean Pavilion at the 2008 Venice Biennale. Their work has been widely published and has been featured in exhibitions at the Royal Academy of Arts (London), the Biennial of the Americas (Denver), and the Museum of Modern Art (New York). The studio’s Poli House received the 2014 Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize for Emerging Architecture.

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture and Designed Objects – which engages with design at all scales, from body to environment – will partner with NLÉ, led by Kunlé Adeyemi, an architect, designer and ‘urbanist’ with a track record of conceiving and completing high profile, high quality projects internationally. His recent work includes ‘Makoko Floating School’, an innovative, prototype, floating structure located on the lagoon heart of Nigeria’s largest city. Based in Amsterdam and Lagos, Adeyemi’s research focuses on providing sustainable solutions for Africa and other developing regions. In 2014 he was the Baird Distinguished Visiting Critic at Cornell University.

The School of Architecture at the University of Illino is at Chicago has selected an architectural design team comprising Paul Andersen of Denver-based Indie Architecture and Paul Preissner, principal of Chicago-based Paul Preissner Architects. The School of Architecture at UIC is energized by an environment that enjoys animated polemics and debate, characterized by extreme rigor, frequent irreverence, contagious curiosity, and calculated optimism. Andersen’s Indie Architecture explores new ways of disseminating architectural and urban ideas, while Preissner’s projects draw on academia, architecture, and art to produce innovative and accessible projects. Andersen and Preissner have previously collaborated on the large-scale temporary installation “Two Barns” at the 2013 Biennial of the Americas in Denver. The winning competition entry and the three commissioned kiosks will be displayed in Millennium Park during the Chicago Architecture Biennial (October 2015 – January 2016). In the spring of 2016, all four kiosks will be installed on the lakefront.

 


 

COMPETITION APPLICATION DEADLINE APPROACHING

The Lakefront Kiosk Competition is supported by BP, Presenting Sponsor of the Chicago Architecture Biennial.

The competition is open to international participants and applications are due March 23, 2015. Applicants may submit their proposal at http://chicagoarchitecturebiennial.org/lakefront-kiosks/

The winner of the competition will be announced in June 2015 and will receive the BP prize, which includes a $10,000 honorarium for design development and $75,000 construction budget. An award ceremony will take place at the opening of the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Prior to its installation on the lakefront, the winning kiosk will be displayed in Millennium Park for the duration of the biennial (October 2015 – January 2016).

The competition jury includes architects David Adjaye, Jeanne Gang and Sharon Johnston, as well as Chicago Architecture Biennial Artistic Directors Joseph Grima and Sarah Herda, BP’s Retail Design Director Michael O’Brien, and Rob Rejman, Chicago Park District’s Director of Planning and Construction.

For more information on the Lakefront Kiosk Competition, visit:
http://chicagoarchitecturebiennial.org/lakefront-kiosks/

 


 

Chicago Schools of Architecture and International Architects Collaborate to Create Lakefront Kiosks
The Chicago Architecture Biennial is proud to announce an exciting collaboration between Chicago-based schools of architecture and an international group of architects.

Participating schools include the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), and the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Each school has selected an architectural firm to design and construct a new kiosk that will be installed on the iconic shoreline of Lake Michigan.

IIT’s College of Architecture will collaborate with Pezo von Ellrichshausen, an art and architecture studio based in Concepción, Chile. Founding partners Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen were curators of the Chilean Pavilion at the 2008 Venice Biennale. Their work has been widely published and has been featured in exhibitions at the Royal Academy of Arts (London), the Biennial of the Americas (Denver), and the Museum of Modern Art (New York). The studio’s Poli House received the 2014 Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize for Emerging Architecture.

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture and Designed Objects will partner with NLÉ, led by Kunlé Adeyemi, an architect, designer and ‘urbanist’ with a track record for conceiving and completing high profile, high quality projects internationally. His recent work includes the ‘Makoko Floating School,’ a floating structure located on a lagoon in the heart of Nigeria’s largest city. Based in Amsterdam and Lagos, Adeyemi’s research focuses on providing sustainable solutions for Africa and other developing regions. In 2014 he was the Baird Distinguished Visiting Critic at Cornell University.

The School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago has selected an architectural design team comprising Paul Andersen of Denver-based Indie Architecture and Paul Preissner, principal of Chicago-based Paul Preissner Architects. Andersen’s Indie Architecture explores new ways of disseminating architectural and urban ideas, while Preissner’s projects draw on academia, architecture and art to produce innovative and accessible projects. Andersen and Preissner have previously collaborated on the large-scale temporary installation “Two Barns” at the 2013 Biennial of the Americas in Denver.

The Chicago Architecture Biennial’s partnerships with IIT, SAIC, and UIC will create exciting educational opportunities for local students of architecture to learn from internationally renowned architects and to contribute to a significant architectural project in the city. The project marks a unique collaboration between architectural leaders, students, schools, and city programs.

The three kiosks will be displayed together with the winning entry to the Lakefront Kiosk Competition in Millennium Park during the Chicago Architecture Biennial. In the spring of 2016, all four kiosks will be installed in different sites along the lakefront.

ABOUT THE COMPETITION

The Lakefront Kiosk Competition calls for the inventive design of a new kiosk that will be installed on Chicago’s lakefront, one of the city’s most vibrant public spaces. The winner will receive the BP Prize, which includes an honorarium and a construction budget to realize the design. BP is the Presenting Sponsor for the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial.

The submission deadline for the competition is March 23, 2015. For more information, visit our website.

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