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Chicago Architecture Biennial's Lineup Looks Stellar

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Underneath the sparkling Tiffany Dome of the Chicago Cultural Center this morning, organizers for the Chicago Architecture Biennial announced the initial participants for the inaugural gathering, set to begin October 3. As speakers including architect Jeanne Gang and Mayor Rahm Emanuel discussed the significance of the event, co-artistic directors Sarah Herda and Joseph Grima introduced roughly a dozen of the 63 architects and studios participating, ranging from London's Assemble, pioneers of pop-up architecture, and NLE, the Lagos-based studio that built the Makoko Floating School, to Tokyo-based Atelier Bow-Wow, famous for putting an amusement park atop an Austrian department store. All in all, it's an eclectic list of talent from more than 25 countries.

Exhibitions and concurrent events will spread out across the city. >>