Banner image: Detroit Industry Mural – Diego Rivera. South Wall at the Detroit Institute of Arts
The Architectural Imagination is an exhibition of new speculative architectural projects designed for specific sites in Detroit but with far-reaching applications for cities around the world. It will open to the public in the US Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale.
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. Like many postindustrial cities, Detroit is coping with a changed urban core that for decades has generated much thinking in urban planning. As advocates of the power of architecture to construct culture and catalyze cities, curators Cynthia Davidson and Monica Ponce de Leon have selected twelve visionary American architectural practices to produce new work that demonstrates the creativity and resourcefulness of architecture to address the social and environmental issues of the 21st century.
The U.S. Department of State, as the sponsor of the U.S. Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale, selected University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning to organize the exhibition of the United States Pavilion in the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale. Cynthia Davidson and Monica Ponce de Leon are Co-Curators of the U.S. Pavilion.
The 15th Venice Architecture Biennale will be open to the public from Saturday, May 28, 2016 - Sunday, November 27, 2016. For more information on hours and admission; http://www.labiennale.org/en/architecture/tickets/
Press and Sponsor Preview (Invitation only):
Thursday, May 26 - Friday, May, 27, 2016: Vernissage (Biennale Preview)
Thursday, May 26, 2016, 7:00pm-9:00pm: U.S. Reception, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice (Music by DJ Blake Baxter, Detroit, USA)
Friday, May 27, 2016, 11:30am: Press Conference and U.S. Pavilion Inauguration, Giardini, Venice
Cynthia Davidson is the Executive Director of New York based nonprofit Anyone Corporation and Editor of the international architecture journal, Log.
Monica Ponce de Leon, AIA, is the Dean of Princeton University School of Architecture and Founding Principal of MPdL Studio (Ann Arbor, Boston, and New York).
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.
STUDENT EXHIBITION FELLOWS
Six Taubman College students were selected:
Kristen Gandy, Ramon Hernandez, Christopher Locke, Rubin Quarcoopome, Salam Rida, and Diana Tsai
Thank you to our sponsors: