“It’s so completely obvious why it should be in Chicago. It almost doesn’t need any argument to go with it,” says Joseph Grima, referring to the Chicago Architecture Biennial opening on October 3. Sitting in a café in the Brera district of Milan this spring, the Genoa-based curator explained the reasons behind launching the first North American biennial in the Midwest. “What’s interesting about Chicago is its centrality, history of modernity and beyond that, how the city captures so many of the challenges that are facing other modern cities,” says Grima, 38, who directed the Istanbul Design Biennial and the Biennale Interieur in Kortrijk, Belgium.
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