The State of the Art of Architecture

The State of the Art of Architecture is a major project that parallels and complements the ambitions of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, challenging the traditional catalogue format. The curatorial team has invited practicing architects to converse and debate with leading theorists, artists, and curators, resulting in a set of 86 original texts. These dialogues chart mutual influences, alternative histories, past and future speculations. A cross-section of concerns and positions from around the world—and a rich documentation of the 2015 Biennial—make this book an invaluable survey of the state of architecture today. 

The book is co-published with Lars Müller Publishers, and will be on sale in national and international bookstores in Fall 2016. 

Conversations Preview

In advance of the book's release, the Biennial will be publishing excerpts of selected texts online—follow the conversation on Medium.

  • Al Borde
    Ethel Baraona Pohl
  • all(zone)
    Rirkrit Tiravanija
  • Amanda Williams
    Mabel Wilson
  • Andrés Jaque
    Beatriz Colomina
  • Anne Lacaton, Jean-Philippe Vassal
    Karine Dana
  • Aranda\Lasch
    Felix Burrichter
  • Atelier Bow-Wow
    Dan Graham
  • Carlos Bunga
    Theaster Gates
  • Conor O'Shea
    Neil Brenner
  • Counterspace
    Bettina Malcomess
  • Csutoras & Liando
    Robin Hartanto
  • DAAR
    Shumi Bose
  • David Brown
    Keith Krumwiede
  • De Vylder Vinck Taillieu
    Ellis Woodman
  • Deane Simpson
    Reinier de Graaf
  • Didier Faustino
    Joseph Grima
  • Erin Besler
    Stanley Tigerman
  • Fake Industries Architectural Agonism
    Timothy Moore
  • Fala Atelier
    Daniel Munteanu
  • Francis Kéré
    Kerry James Marshall
  • François Roche
    Sylvia Lavin
  • Giancarlo Mazzanti
    Nicolas París
  • Gramazio Kohler
    Sean Keller
  • Grant Gibson
    Brian Lee
  • Ido Avissar
    Salomon Frausto
  • Iwan Baan
    Andrea Bagnato
  • Jo Noero
    Tanzeem Razak
  • John Ronan
    Clare Lyster
  • Johnston Marklee
    Martino Stierli
  • Junya Ishigami
    Taro Igarashi
  • Kersten Geers, David van Severen
    Bas Princen, Stefano Graziani
  • Kuehn Malvezzi
    Armin Linke, Marko Lulić
  • Kunlé Adeyemi
    Marina Otero Verzier
  • Lateral Office
    David Gissen
  • Liam Young
    Alex McDowell
  • Luis Callejas
    Alessandra Ponte
  • Lluís Ortega
    Iñaki Ábalos
  • MAIO
    Cristiano Toraldo di Francia
  • Mark Wasiuta, Marcos Sanchez, Adam Bandler
    Environmental Communications
  • Maxwell Mutanda
    Tsitsi Dangarembga
  • Minsuk Cho
    Hyunming Pai
  • Moon Hoon
    Peter Farman
  • MOS Architects
    Mark Jarzombek
  • Norman Kelley
    Stefan Sagmeister
  • onishimaki + hyakudayuki
    Jiro Iio
  • OPEN Architecture
    Huan Juzheng
  • otherothers
    Fleur Watson, Martyn Hook
  • P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S
    Marcelyn Gow
  • Paul Andersen
    Paul Preissner
  • Pedro&Juana
    Alex Coles
  • Pier Paolo Tamburelli
    Sam Jacob
  • Piovenefabi
    Francesco Garutti
  • Plan:b Arquitectos
    Justin McGuirk
  • Point Supreme
    Irene Sunwoo
  • PORT Urbanism
    James Corner
  • PRODUCTORA
    Homero Fernández
  • RAAAF
    Aaron Betsky
  • Ramak Fazel
    Jennifer Dunlop Fletcher
  • RUA Arquitetos
    Frederico Coelho
  • Rural Urban Framework
    Jonathan D. Solomon
  • Santiago Borja
    Spyros Papapetros
  • Sean Lally
    David Gissen
  • selgascano
    Julia Peyton-Jones, Hans Ulrich Obrist
  • Smout Allen
    Geoff Manaugh
  • Sou Fujimoto
    Julian Worrall
  • Stefano Boeri
    Federico Nicolao
  • Studio Albori
    Giovanna Borasi
  • Tatiana Bilbao
    Amale Andraos
  • TOMA
    Pedro Alonso, Francisco Diaz
  • Tomás Saraceno
    Frei Otto
  • UrbanLab
    John McMorrough
  • urbz
    Yehuda E. Safran
  • Wolff Architects
    Tau Tavengwa
  • WORKac
    Ant Farm
  • Yasmeen Lari
    Faiza Ahmad Khan

Guidebook

The guidebook presents, in a handy format, detailed descriptions of all the projects that make up the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial. It also includes a selection of partner programs, maps of the Biennial sites, and a travel guide to the world-renowned architecture of Chicago.