Chicago Tribune – “Bite Sized Biennial Shows”

Chicago Tribune Architecture Critic highlights satellite shows at the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial. Including the River Edge Ideas Lab and Materials Decoded, an Architect-in-Residence exhibition studio member Ryan Gann is part of.

River Edge Ideas Lab – Expo 72, 72 East Randolph Street
“There’s a new wrinkle to this year’s edition of the Chicago Architecture Biennial: Six satellite exhibits, spread around the city, that are smaller in scale, easier to grasp and more focused on Chicago than the main version of the big contemporary design show…

Across Randolph from the biennial’s main exhibition site at the Chicago Cultural Center, which features works by more than 140 designers from over 20 countries, this smart little show features conceptual proposals from nine firms that were asked to devise plans for three barren sites along the Chicago River’s South Branch…

The exhibit — by Chicago’s Ross Barney Architects, a co-designer of the downtown Riverwalk and one of the firms taking part in the show — shows it is possible to achieve an evocative display on a budget. Through Jan. 7.”

Read more about the other six shows at