Iker Gil to curate speculative Chicago projects for city’s inaugural architecture biennial

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Filter Island" by UrbanLab, one of the speculative proposals on display in "BOLD" at the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial. (UrbanLab)

Filter Island” by UrbanLab, one of the speculative proposals on display in “BOLD” at the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial. (UrbanLab)

As the Chicago Architecture Biennial‘s October opening approaches, its organizers are beginning to release details about its forthcoming exhibitions. The latest hint is an ad for BOLD, a show of “speculative proposals that re-imagine the design potential” of Chicago’s waterways, roadways, vacant lots and public space.

Subtitled Alternative Scenarios for Chicago, the show will be organized by architect Iker Gil of MAS Studio (Read AN‘s Q&A with Gil here.) Local graphic designers Plural are also overseeing the event.

Per the press release, the following firms will participate in BOLD:

CAMESgibson + SOM
David Brown with 3D Design StudioCentral Standard Office of DesignAnia JaworskaKrueck+SextonLandon Bone BakerStanley TigermanMargaret McCurry,JGMA, and JAHN
David Schalliol
Design With Company
Hinterlands
Michael Pecirno
PORT
UrbanLab
Weathers with AECOM

Earlier this month the exhibition organizers announced the winners of its Lakefront Kiosk competition: Rhode Island–based Ultramoderne will build a sleek, low-slung pavilion dubbed Chicago Horizon. Its first show was announced last year: an exhibit of aerial photography by Iwan Baan. The inaugural biennial will host more than 100 architects and artists from more than 30 countries.

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