iwan baan documents chicago for the city's inaugural architecture biennial iwan baan documents chicago for the city's inaugural architecture biennial
aug 16, 2015

iwan baan documents chicago for the city's inaugural architecture biennial


iwan baan documents chicago for the city’s inaugural architecture biennial
all images courtesy of the chicago architecture biennial

 

 

 

when ‘the state of the art of architecture’ was announced as the theme for the inaugural chicago architecture biennial, the event’s first commission was a photo essay on the city by world-renowned dutch photographer iwan baan.

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baan’s rapidly expanding portfolio investigates architecture as a stage for everyday life
image © iwan baan

 

 

 

having worked closely with a number of leading architects, including rem koolhaas, herzog & de meuron and zaha hadid, baan’s rapidly expanding portfolio investigates architecture as a stage for everyday life, capturing the details that shape our perception of the built environment. 

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baan’s work captures the details that shape our perception of the built environment
image © iwan baan

 

 

 

according to the biennial’s artistic directors joseph grima and sarah herda, iwan baan embodies the globalized nature of architecture in the 21st century, traveling constantly and rarely spending more than a few days in any one place.

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the photographs capture the city during a moment of its daily routine
image © iwan baan

 

 

 

for this series, baan’s photographs of chicago capture the city during a moment of its daily routine. the aerial shots spotlight the city’s key landmarks, and set them against the broader cityscape.

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the aerial shots spotlight the city’s key landmarks
image © iwan baan

 

 

 

the work also emphasizes chicago’s ongoing industrial role, as well as its defining relationship with the adjacent lake michigan. like the biennial itself, baan’s beautiful photography interprets chicago as a realm of architectural possibility. the chicago architecture biennial will span a total of three months, launching on october 3, 2015 and remaining open until january 3, 2015.

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the work also emphasizes chicago’s ongoing industrial role
image © iwan baan

 

 

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the chicago architecture biennial provides a platform for groundbreaking architectural projects and spatial experiments that demonstrate how creativity and innovation can radically transform our lived experience.

 

the inaugural chicago architecture biennial, north america’s largest international survey of contemporary architecture, launched in october 2015. through its constellation of exhibitions, full-scale installations, and program of events, the biennial invites the public to engage with and think about architecture in new and unexpected ways, and to take part in a global discussion about the future of the field.

 

the chicago architecture biennial is the vision of mayor rahm emanuel for a major international architectural event and an outcome of the comprehensive cultural plan developed by chicago’s department of cultural affairs and special events. it is presented through the support of BP, and in partnership with the city of chicago and the graham foundation for advanced studies in the fine arts.

 

the chicago architecture biennial remains open to the public until january 3, 2015.

 

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  • The chicago architecture biennial is chicago architects doing what they do best… patting each other on their back. The whole thing has been set up it seems to award and glorify local Midwest architects since they are realizing their competence on a world (or even national scale) against powerhouse designers from Europe (or NYC) is not feasible.

    Iwan Baan occasionally produces some good photos once in awhile (i did enjoy his Interlace photos, but really… how could you mess those up) but these are lackluster to say the best. It is clear he told the pilot “uhh, just circle downtown”. It would have been nice to have more thought or conceptual ideas put into these photos, sadly he is diminishing the photographic art to only needing a nice full frame sensor camera and some expensive lens (and a helicopter). An example would be in photo 4 where he shows the city from the South. Given the architecture biennial and how its celebrating Chicago architecture and midwest architects, seems fitting that highlighting Mies would be a great idea. Sadly the image crops right above one of Mies’ most famous Chicago works (crown hall), while also cutting off the rest of the IIT campus… (which ignores other influencers like Jahn, Caldwell, Koolhaas, etc) — (and no, Jahn should not be grouped with those 2 amazing designers, but you get the idea)

    designerabc123 says:
  • a good teaser to the true splendor of this city

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