Through June 11

Who Builds Your Architecture? organizes exhibit at The Art Institute of Chicago

Architecture Highlight Midwest Professional Practice
Who Builds Your Architecture? organizes exhibit at Art Institute of Chicago. (Courtesy Art Institute of Chicago)
Who Builds Your Architecture? organizes exhibit at Art Institute of Chicago. (Courtesy Art Institute of Chicago)

The Art Institute of Chicago’s latest architecture exhibition examines the world of migrant workers and the global construction industry. Organized by the New York–based group Who Builds Your Architecture? (WBYA?), the eponymous show advocates for fair labor practices throughout the world by uncovering “the often-hidden networks that impact labor and sustainability in building architecture.” The show is divided into two parts: The first outlines the construction process through drawings of a fictional project. The second portion of the show explores the design and construction of facade components from buildings in four cities from around the world. Portions of the research are based on the documentation of construction worker deaths, unsafe job sites, and housing conditions by international human rights organizations. Founded in 2011, WBYA? is made up of academics, architects, curators, students, and writers: Kadambari Baxi, Jordan H. Carver, Laura Diamond Dixit, Tiffany Rattray, Lindsey Wikstrom, and Mabel O. Wilson.

Who Builds Your Architecture?
Art Institute of Chicago
Gallery 286
111 S Michigan Avenue, Chicago
Through June 11, 2017

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