This historic image of a building in Detroit accompanies the participants list on 'the Architectural Imagination' website. Credit: thearchitecturalimagination.org
Congratulations SUPRASTUDIO professor Greg Lynn and alumni Ellie Abrons (M.Arch.I 2006), Kelly Bair (M.Arch.I 2005), Kristy Balliet (M.Arch.I 2004), Jackilin Bloom (M.Arch.II 2000) and Adam Fure (M.Arch.I 2006) have been selected to represent the U.S. in the American Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale on view from May 28, 2016- November 27, 2016.
The US Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale will host The Architectural Imagination, an exhibition of new speculative architectural projects commissioned for specific sites in Detroit but with far-reaching application for cities around the world. 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 will commission 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.
Also see: Participating architects announced for the US Pavillion of the 2016 Venice Biennale in Archinect