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Chicago Architecture Biennial – Coldefy : sensitive architecture


Orlando memorial


Alliance Française de Chicago
54 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, US 60654

November 11th, 2021, 6:30 p.m

Opening night with a panel about sensitive architecture, or architecture sensible, and the relationship between building and memory, as seen in the National Pulse Memorial& Museum in Orlando. Exhibition about the creative process behind Coldefy’s work, until December 5th, at the Alliance Française.

Free Admission • In Person • In English

Pre-registration mandatory for your safety!

Beyond questions of expression, we ask ourselves: how does this place make us feel? What do we see and hear, how does it dialogue with our memories?  

For France-based Coldefy, part of the collective responsible for the Pulse Memorial in Orlando, architecture shapes our life and should be created for all of our senses.

Join us for a special opening-night exhibition and panel featuring Thomas Coldefy and Zoltán Neville; Michael Strautmanis from the Obama Foundation project; and Lesley Roth from the Clayco Group. Moderated by Teresa Cordova from the Great Cities Institute at UIC and Nicolas Douay from Villa Albertine.

Followed by a wine and cheese reception.

This program is made possible in part thanks to the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the US, Coldefy, and the Clayco Group. 

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Alliance française de Chicago

The Alliance Française de Chicago is over 120 years old and is part of an international network of over 1,100 Alliances and affiliated cultural centers worldwide. It is the second oldest Alliance Française in the US and second largest after the Alliance Française in New York City. Classes are offered for all ages and levels of French, leading to certifications in French for professional purposes or simply for experiencing another language and its various cultures. It also hosts an impressive array of events, bringing notable lecturers to Chicago: authors, filmmakers and directors, winemakers, chefs, designers, historians, actors and performing artists.

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Chicago Architecture Biennial

The Chicago Architecture Biennial (CAB) is dedicated to creating an international forum on architecture and urbanism. It produces year-round programs and a biennial exposition of city-wide activations for a diverse audience of designers, educators, advocates, and students. CAB’s mission is to engage and inspire professional and public audiences,  highlight the transformative power of architecture and envision a future for the field that is equitable and sustainable.


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Clayco is a full-service, turnkey real estate, architecture, engineering, design-build and construction firm that delivers clients across North America the highest quality solutions on time, on budget and above and beyond expectations.


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Great Cities Institute

UIC’s Great Cities Institute is a research hub for scholars, policymakers, and stakeholders who share an interest in finding answers to the question, “What can cities and regions do to make themselves into great places?”

The Great Cities Institute (GCI) represents UIC’s commitment to “engaged research” while contributing to its stature as a Research One University thereby highlighting the value of quality research for addressing today’s urban challenges.

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