Chicago Architecture Biennial

The Chicago Architecture Biennial (CAB) is pleased to announce its fourth edition: The Available City. The 2021 Artistic Director is Chicago-based designer, researcher, and educator David Brown. The concept and title for the 2021 edition, The Available City, asks us to consider the impact collective space can have in cities today. Through a reinvented and responsive global platform, the Biennial will create opportunities for conversations about the intersection of architecture and design and such critical issues as health, sustainability, equity, and racial justice leading up to and throughout the run of the edition. The fourth edition of the Biennial will open in September of 2021 featuring free, public programming at sites in neighborhoods across Chicago and on digital platforms.

El Paseo Community Garden will be hosting two installations, as well as youth programming and family programing.


The Garden Table by Studio Ossidiana

Cover the Grid by Outpost Office

Outpost Office will use the proposed design for the Lot Expansion to create a temporary abstract drone painting on the lot for the community to interact with. This installation will be unveiled during the Annual Harvest Festival on October 9th from 4 pm to 8 pm.

Family Programming

Join us on the weekend of October 16 and 17 to explore the benefits of playing in and with nature, right in the middle of the city!

Children benefit greatly from playing outside; and natural environments provide both place and parts for deep satisfying imaginative play. Community gardens are ideal places, not only for growing food and community, but also for growing healthy playful children.

El Paseo Community Garden, with support from NeighborSpace’s West Side Nature Play Initiative and the Chicago Park District, will host “nature play stations” around their site. Drop in and visit the stations, play a little, and get ideas for your own play spaces in your garden, your yard, your school, and help envision El Paseo Community Garden’s future nature play area. Now more than ever, we need to connect with each other, play with each other, and trust each other. These “natural play interventions” are a unique way to get in touch with both nature and your children.

Stations will include “Creating Adventurous Pathways”, “Noticing Nature”, “A Loose Part Nature Trading Station”, and more.  

This program will take place on Saturday and Sunday, October 16 and 17, from 11am- 3 pm.

Click here to register.

Youth Programming

As part of this “The Available City” programming GnarWare is providing a free six week program for Pilsen youth age 12-18 years of age. Participants will discuss local architecture and how it influences their experience. The group will explore clay as a material for building and making art, and then make artwork inspired by the built environment of the Pilsen Neighborhood. The class will collectively create mosaic stepping stones that will be permanently installed at the El Paseo Garden.

28 Aug–02 Oct, 2021

Youth can register here.