Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit: LECTURE
The Architectural Imagination with Cynthia Davidson and Monica Ponce de Leon
Thursday, February 25, 2016, 7pm
Admission: Free ($5 suggested donation)
Cynthia Davidson and Monica Ponce de Leon, the co-curators of the US Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale, introduce a conversation designed to establish dialogue, discussion, and debate. The exhibition for the US Pavilion, entitled The Architectural Imagination, will speculate possible architecture projects for four sites in Detroit with an eye for application internationally. It will open to the public in the US Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale, and MOCAD will present The Architectural Imagination in Detroit in 2017.
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 selected University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning to organize the exhibition of the U.S. Pavilion in the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale. Cynthia Davidson and Monica Ponce de Leon are the U.S. Pavilion co-curators.