15. Mostra Internazionale di Architettura – The Architectural Imagination

Venezia - 27/05/2016 : 27/11/2016

In occasione della 15° Mostra Internazionale di Architettura di Venezia le curatrici del Padiglione Stati Uniti, Cynthia Davidson e Monica Ponce de León in collaborazione con il Taubman College, Architettura e Progettazione Urbana dell'Università del Michigan, hanno realizzato il progetto The Architectural Imagination: 12 ipotetici interventi architettonici ambientati in 4 differenti aree semi-abbandonate della zona post-industriale della città di Detroit.


Comunicato stampa

U.S. Pavilion at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition—la Biennale di Venezia
May 28–November 27, 2016

(New York, NY, February 29, 2016) The U.S. Pavilion at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition will host The Architectural Imagination, an exhibition of twelve new speculative architectural projects produced for sites in Detroit. The U.S. Department of State named the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan the commissioner of the pavilion in June 2015 based on the exhibition proposal by Cynthia Davidson, and Mónica Ponce de León

As co-curators, Davidson, executive director of the nonprofit Anyone Corporation in New York and editor of the international architecture journal Log, and Ponce de León, dean of Princeton University School of Architecture, founding principal of MPdL Studio, and former dean of Taubman College, selected twelve visionary U.S. architectural practices from the 250 responses to their national call for Expressions of Interest to produce new architectural projects that address the social and environmental challenges of Detroit in the 21st century.

The exhibition will emphasize the importance and value of the architectural imagination in shaping forms and spaces into exciting future possibilities. The birthplace of the automobile industry, the free-span factory floor, the concrete paved road, and Motown and techno music, Detroit was once a center of American imagination, not only for the products it made but also for its modern architecture and modern lifestyle, which captivated audiences worldwide. Today, like many postindustrial cities, Detroit is coping with a changed urban landscape. The Architectural Imagination collaborated with an eleven-member Detroit Advisory Board to select four sites to be reimagined: Dequindre Cut/Eastern Market, Southwest Detroit/Mexicantown, a U.S. Postal Service sorting facility on the riverfront, and the Packard Automotive Plant. Three architectural teams were assigned to each site. All of the architectural teams worked in Detroit with community members to understand neighborhood aspirations. The twelve speculative projects and their respective programs will be presented in the four galleries of the US Pavilion through models, drawings, collage, and video. Together they will demonstrate the vastly different ideas architecture can bring to a given site, thereby generating new conversations about the potential of the postindustrial 21-century city.

The architects are:
A(n) Office, Detroit, Michigan
Marcelo López-Dinardi; V. Mitch McEwen
BairBalliet, Columbus, Ohio; Chicago, Illinois
Kristy Balliet; Kelly Bair
Greg Lynn FORM, Los Angeles, California
Greg Lynn
Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects, Atlanta, Georgia
Mack Scogin; Merrill Elam
Marshall Brown
MOS Architects, New York, New York
Hilary Sample; Michael Meredith
Pita & Bloom, Los Angeles, California
Florencia Pita; Jackilin Hah Bloom
Present Future, Houston, Texas
Albert Pope; Jesús Vassallo
Preston Scott Cohen Inc., Cambridge, Massachusetts
Preston Scott Cohen
SAA/Stan Allen Architect, New York, New York
Stan Allen
T+E+A+M, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Thom Moran; Ellie Abrons; Adam Fure; Meredith Miller
Zago Architecture, Los Angeles, California
Andrew Zago; Laura Bouwman

The twelve projects will also be documented in The Architectural Imagination CataLog, a special issue of Log, and complemented by twenty postcards views of Detroit, which the curators selected from the 463 entries to “My Detroit,” a postcard photo contest they sponsored last fall.

The Architectural Imagination is made possible by the generous support of many sponsors, which to date include Oldcastle Building Envelope, Dassault Systèmes, the Graham Foundation, Princeton University School of Architecture, Elise Jaffe + Jeffrey Brown, the American Institute of Architects, Architectural Record/BNP Media, the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), and Shinola.

Detroit Advisory Board:
Elysia Borowy-Reeder, Executive Director, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD)
Maurice Cox, Planning Director, City of Detroit
Milton S.F. Curry, Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Architecture, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan
Julie Egan, Senior Advisor, US Department of State
Malik Goodwin, Goodwin Management Group, LLC
Toni L. Griffin, Professor and Director, J. Max Bond Center, Spitzer School of Architecture, The City College of New York
Dan Kinkead, Director of Projects, Detroit Future City
Oliver Ragsdale, President, The Carr Center
Thomas J. Sherry, AIA, Principal, 313Creative
Mark Wallace, President/CEO, Detroit RiverFront Conservancy
Lawrence Williamson, Real Estate Manager, Midtown Detroit, Inc.

About Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan
Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan aims to create a better environment for generations to come. Through interdisciplinary education and research, Taubman College prepares graduates for positions of responsibility in a wide range of professions, organizations and institutions that shape the built environment at a variety of scales. Taubman College offers students a complement of disciplinary and interdisciplinary degree programs and its committed faculty, staff and students form a diverse, creative and collaborative community within the University of Michigan, one of the world’s largest research universities. Mónica Ponce de León was dean of Taubman College from 2008 to 2015

About the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) builds relations between people of the United States and the people of other countries through academic, cultural, sports and professional exchange programs, as well as public-private partnerships and mentoring programs. These exchange programs improve foreign relations and strengthen the national security of the United States, support U.S. international leadership, and provide a broad range of domestic benefits by helping break down barriers that often divide us, like religion, politics, language and ethnicity, and geography. ECA programs build connections that engage and empower people, and motivate them to become leaders and thinkers; to develop new skills; and to find connections that will create positive change in their communities. Alumni of ECA exchange programs comprise over one million people around the world, including more than 40 Nobel Laureates and more than 300 current or former heads of state and government around the world. For more information, visit: http://www.exchanges.state.gov/us. The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs supports and manages official U.S. participation at the Venice Architecture Biennale. The selection of The Architectural Imagination for the U.S. Pavilion in 2016 resulted from an open competition and the recommendations of the Federal Advisory Committee on International Exhibitions, convened by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Kristin Coleman, Novità Communications, [email protected], (212) 528-3160 x13
Amber La Croix, University of Michigan, [email protected], (734) 763-1370
Cynthia Davidson, Anyone Corporation, [email protected], (212) 645-1400

For more information about The Architectural Imagination: www.thearchitecturalimagination.org