The largest architecture and design exhibition in North America returns to Chicago on September 16, with the second edition of the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Over 141 designers and architects representing 20 countries will address the theme "Make New History," by presenting drawings, installations, events and "immersive environments" at the Chicago Cultural Center and six off-site community locations. The main biennial at the Cultural Center is FREE and open to the public through January 7, 2018.

Check out a few of the highlights of this dazzling showcase of new perspectives, images, buildings and plans.

Exhibits at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington Street Chicago, IL 60602) will include skyscraper models, scale dioramas and transformed spaces featuring intimate galleries and arcades.

Air Houses: Design for a new Climate

Here Hear Chicago

Highly anticipated special projects to watch for are a groundbreaking collaboration between noted artist Nick Cave and famed architect Jeanne Gang for a live performance of "Here Hear Chicago" which will display Cave's legendary sound suits and objects designed by Studio Gang at the Navy Pier Polk Bros Performance Lawn — free public programming presented through Chicago Architecture Biennial and EXPO CHICAGO.

Chicago: A Southern Exposure

At the Garfield Conservatory, Francois Perrin will design "Air Houses: Design for a New Climate" in the Palm House and at the DuSable Museum, architecture photographer Lee Bey will display "Chicago: A Southern Exposure," the first major exhibit devoted to South Side architecture.

Photos/video courtesy of Chicago Architecture Biennial