Chips And Other Found Objects Make Up “Architecture Is Everywhere” Exhibit

Architecture Is Everywhere--chips or hills?

Architecture Is Everywhere–chips or hills?

Look around. The chair you’re sitting on, the room you’re occupying, the shrubs in front of your home. Architecture is indeed everywhere. And that is precisely the object of one of the more fascinating exhibits at the Chicago Architecture Biennial.

Architecture Is Everywhere--stick figures.

Architecture Is Everywhere–stick figures.

Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto uses “found architecture” in his Architecture Is Everywhere work. It’s also one of the key ideas in his Tokyo-based practice. Fujimoto believes architecture is first found and then made.

In the Biennial exhibit, Fujimoto challenges our perception of just what architecture is and what it represents. For example, atop a pedestal, you’ll find a tiny pile of chips. Or are they? It also easily could be a hilly terrain.

Fujimoto asks us to be more aware of everything that surrounds us and look at it in new ways. It also asks questions about the boundary between “found” and “made” architecture.

You can see Architecture Is Everywhere, and many other exhibits on display during the Chicago Architecture Biennial, on the fourth floor of the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 East Washington Street. There is no admission charge.

Author: Bill Motchan

Bill Motchan is a writer and photographer, and a former resident of the West Loop. He can be reached at

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