The Top 15 Takeaways from the Chicago Architecture Biennial

The Chicago Architecture Biennial showcases more than 100 innovators who answered the call to “make new history”


Skidmore Owings and Merrill, the firm behind some of the most innovative skyscrapers of the last 100 years, is exhibiting the work of its structural engineers in a satellite show at Mana Contemporary (345 North Morgan Street). The first part, which could be called “the art of engineering,” describes the structural systems devised by SOM partner Bill Baker and others for supertalls, like the Burj Khalifa in Dubai and the Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai. The second part, which could be called “the engineering of art,” offers a look at SOM’s collaborations with artists whose work requires structural expertise, from Picasso to such contemporary figures as James Turrell, Jaume Plensa, Janet Echelman, and Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle.

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Architectural Digest
Written by Fred A. Bernstein
September 18, 2017