The Available City, Chicago

The 2021 edition of the Chicago Architecture Biennial (CAB) The Available City was designed by educator and artist director David Brown. Polymode designed the visual identity, a forthcoming digital publication, a series of posters, out of home advertising, maps, and a video.

Our design for was inspired by the five lot grid and its flexibility, adaptability, and open endedness in outcome. The Available City’s branding was designed to flex, adapt, and respond to its surroundings. By creating a modular branding system that relies on patterns and typography as the foundation, it illuminates diverse ways that architectural property configurations can be built.

Lead Partner – Brian Johnson
Supporting Partner – Silas Munro
Designer – Randa Hadi

Poetic Research

Something Patterned, Wild, and Free

The design for The Available City echos David Brown’s vision for a city that is adaptable, flexible, and responsive, which takes inspiration from the poem Something Patterned, Wild, and Free. The patterned grid acts and responds to the variable typeface; they live in relation to each other.