Biennial Installations, performances, and events took place at the Illinois Institute of Technology, one of Mies van der Rohe’s most significant architectural projects in Chicago.
Cent Pavilion, the lakefront kiosk designed by Chilean architectural firm Pezo von Ellrichshausen—winners of the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize (MCHAP) for Emerging Architecture—was displayed in front of Mies’ iconic Crown Hall, home to IIT’s College of Architecture. During the Biennial’s opening weekend, the IIT College of Architecture presented a series of roundtables featuring leading architectural designers and thinkers from around the world. IIT hosted a robust lecture series throughout the three month run of the Biennial. In addition, a Biennial performance and installation by Mexican artist Santiago Borja activated IIT’s Robert F. Carr Memorial Chapel, the only religious structure designed by Mies van der Rohe. Borja’s project, titled Theatre, was co-presented with the Mies van der Rohe Society.