Chicago launches its first Architecture Biennial

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"If you think about the history of New York, it was a Dutch settlement. Chicago really is the beginning of American city planning," said Chicago Architecture Biennial director Sarah Herda.

And this year marks another defining note in the city's rich architectural history: the inaugural Chicago Architectural Biennial. It's a combination of exhibit and think tank devoted entirely to architectural ideas.

"We have over 130 participants from 30 countries on six continents," said Herda. "So we really wanted to create a global platform to talk about what's most urgent in architecture today." Continues at