On October 23 UCLA A.UD Chicago Architecture Biennial participants: Erin Besler, Sarah Hearne, Wonne Ickx,  Andrew Kovacs, Jimenez Lai, and Sylvia Lavin with Mark Lee and Sharon Johnston, Creative Directors, 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennale, Make New History; Principals, JohnstonMarkLee Los Angeles participated in a roundtable discussion moderatored by Michael Osman, UCLA A.UD Associate Professor

The 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial will showcase the work of over 140 participants, gathered together around the invitation to ‘Make New History’.

The Artistic Directors have drawn out a series of topics that structure the shared interests and practices between the architects and artists on show at the Chicago Cultural Center. These topics are Image, Material, Building, and Civic Histories highlighting different modes of architectural production; from the book to the city. Whether they take the form of drawings, installations, environments, or performances, biennial projects reflect the ongoing significance of the past, and the myriad ways that history is invoked in the production of new forms of architectural thought.

“Given the generational disposition of this Biennial, buildings are not always the end result,” says Mark Lee. “We think that producing ideas through different mediums—perhaps before one achieves the chance to build buildings, or maybe in lieu of that work—is relevant to the changing state of the discipline today.”

One binding interest of the UCLA participants is the medium of the model. Whereas the model is often taken as a technique for design, localized in the architect’s studio or workshop, the models made by the A.UD faculty deviate from that singular purpose. Some are models of models, other are models of photographs, and still others are models of existing buildings transformed into concepts. This roundtable event will discuss these commonalities and the relationship of the participants’ work to the Biennial theme.

This, Not That invites thought-provoking speakers to present arguments for their respective positions, or ideological stances, toward the design of the built environment. Their arguments will be supported by presentations of their creative efforts in research, pedagogy or professional practice.  This series stages an ongoing debate around the shifting perspectives that frame creative practice.