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Christophe Hutin at the Chicago Architecture Biennial

Communities at work © Christophe Hutin

The Graham Foundation is pleased to present The Available City, part of the fourth edition of the Chicago Architecture Biennial (CAB) including the project Communities at work by Christophe Hutin Architecture (Bordeaux). 

Offering opportunities to discover installations, exhibitions, and programs that explore transformative possibilities for vacant spaces in communities worldwide, The Available City is curated by designer, researcher, and educator David Brown. As Artistic Director of The Available City, Brown activates his ongoing, decade-long research project to document and reimagine new futures for vacant lots in American cities, including the more than 10,000 city-owned vacant lots in Chicago. With over 80 contributors from more than 18 countries, and more than 100 cultural partners, The Available City includes site-specific architectural projects, exhibitions, and programs located in neighborhoods across Chicago.

At the Graham Foundation, The Available City projects seek to answer and propose solutions forinvestigate how a community-led design process can create new spaces in the city. The Graham exhibition includes projects by Christophe Hutin Architecture (Bordeaux), Departamento del Distrito (Mexico City), Drawing Architecture Studio (Beijing), El Cielo (Mexico City), Enlace Arquitectura + Ciudad Laboratorio (Caracas), fala (Porto), and RIFF Studio (NY).

Supported by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in Chicago and the Institut Francais.

Christophe Hutin is an architect, lecturer, and researcher at the Bordeaux School of Architecture. For several months after completing school, he studied and documented the townships and squatter camps in Soweto near Johannesburg. This experience inspired the book L’Enseignement de Soweto, which was published by Acte Sud and co-written with Patrice Goulet. Hutin is the founder and coordinator of the Eunic Studio in Johannesburg (2008-2010). These workshops are exchanges between architects, residents, teachers, and students on issues of contemporary urban development in critical locations. Specializing in sustainable architecture based on the construction economy, he has carried out numerous housing and cultural projects. He is laureate with the architects Anne Lacaton, Jean-Phillippe Vassal, and Frédéric Druot of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies Van Der Rohe Award 2019. Christophe Hutin represented France at the 17th Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2021 with his project Les communautés à l’œuvre organised by the Institut francais-Paris.