Outside Design was a collateral event of the first Chicago Architecture Biennial that explored the turn in art and design towards biotechnology and ecological systems. Curated by Jonathan Solomon, SAIC’s Director of the Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects, this show brought together five firms whose research-based work develops new knowledge at the edges of design practice. These practices—Analog Media Lab (Urbana-Champaign), Ants of the Prairie (Buffalo, New York), The Living and the Ali Brivanlou Lab (New York City), Species of Space (Chicago), and Sweet Water Foundation (Chicago)—pursue projects that move outside of their core of expertise and into the center of other fields. Responding to these dialogic practices, the exhibition was organized as a series of laboratories installed across the galleries. Discussions held in the galleries included exhibiting architects and designers David Hays, Analog Media Lab, Urbana-Champaign; Joyce Hwang, Ants of the Prairie, Buffalo; David Benjamin, The Living and the Ali Brivanlou Lab, New York; Eric Ellingson, Species of Space, Chicago; and Emmanuel Pratt, Sweet Water Foundation, Chicago.