DEBATE PROVOCATION>>> The Chicago Architecture Biennial asks "What is the state of the art of architecture?” The ArchAgenda Debates aim to spark lively and candid debate on the direction contemporary architecture should take. What should be the agenda of 21st century architecture? "Is there such a debate? Before such a debate can commence we need to answer a fundamental question concerning our discursive culture: should we – the participants/ protagonists of architecture – commit/submit ourselves to a collective debate arguing about the broad direction in which architecture should progress?" 
DEBATE AGENDA>>> Patrik Schumacher, Peter Eisenman, Jeffrey Kipnis,Reinier de Graaf, Theodore Spyropoulos - Five celebrated architecture thought leaders will present position provocations/ manifestos that elaborate their respective convictions on the above debate provocation, keeping the historical focus somewhat narrowly on developments of the past two decades, and reflecting/ projecting on the problematics and values that drive design innovation today and in the next two decades. The speakers will debate, tread into one another’s territories and challenge each other’s assumptions and projections in order to unleash fertile public debate that inspires architects and designers to collectively question the architectural status quo, setting the bar high for future Chicago Architecture Biennial debates.
 Schumacher, Patrik. The Autopoiesis of Architecture - A New Agenda for Architecture. Vol. II. Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, 2012.
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