On Friday, the inaugural Chicago Architectural Biennial opened its doors to the public. The largest stateside exposition of its kind, the biennale brought more than 100 international firms to the American architecture mecca, which is home to iconic buildings by Frank Lloyd Wright and Mies van der Rohe. The question at hand was the state of architecture today as it pertains to such monumental variables as the right to personal style, the environment, urban design, and global politics.
Among the knowledgeable and immaculately styled participants, Beatrice Galilee, the associate curator of architecture and design at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, had an interesting perspective on the exhibition—having only just served as the head curator of the 2013 Lisbon Architecture Triennale. Pieces she commissioned for Lisbon, including “Superpowers of 10,” a performance by Andrés Jacque Architects riffing on a Charles and Ray Eames film, made their way to the Biennial. Here, Galilee shares her highlights from Chicago.