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Into the Open: Positioning Practice [it Venice]

Into the Open: Positioning Practice :: September 14 – November 23, 2008 :: The U.S. Pavilion for La Biennale di Venezia, 11th International Architecture Exhibition.

Into the Open: Positioning Practice highlights the means by which architects reclaim a role in shaping community and the built environment, to expand understanding of American architectural practice and its relationship to civic participation. The exhibition explores how architects, urban researchers, and community activists are meeting the challenges of creating new work in response to contemporary social conditions and addresses factors challenging traditional methods of architecture, such as shifting socio-cultural demographics, changing geo-political boundaries, uneven economic development, and the explosion of migration and urbanization. At the same time, it will advocate for an expanded conception of architectural practice and responsibility. From designer Estudio Teddy Cruz and his 90 foot-long fence graphically depicting the border between San Diego and Tijuana, to chef and restaurateur Alice Waters’ model garden based upon principles of the Edible Schoolyard, the sixteen practitioners included actively engage communities in their work, demonstrating multifaceted responses to social and environmental issues.

Participants: The Center for Land Use Interpretation :: The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) :: Design Corps :: Detroit Collaborative Design Center :: Gans Studio :: The Heidelberg Project :: International Center for Urban Ecology :: Jonathan Kirschenfeld Associates :: Project Row Houses :: Rebar Rural Studio :: Spatial Information Design Lab/Laura Kurgan :: Studio 804 :: Smith and Others :: The Edible Schoolyard / Yale Sustainable Food Project :: Estudio Teddy Cruz.

The installation of Into the Open: Positioning Practice in the U.S. Pavilion is itself designed as a space of productive community interaction, a space of social critique, and as a space of instruction. The traditional divided axial symmetry of the building’s circulation is reorganized into a circular flow by the addition of a continuous elliptical conference table, at which each exhibiting practice has a seat, starting outdoors in the garden and running through each of the galleries. A continuous storyboard above this table displays “how to” implement techniques for the community transformations exhibited. Small groupings of comfortable seating provide relaxed conversation areas as well as settings to view the varied video programs and print material produced by the exhibited practices.

Finally, in the Pavilion’s Rotunda visitors to the exhibition are invited to join the project’s blog, to add their comments on the exhibition and their own views on the social, economic and political issues that Into the Open: Positioning Practice explores.

Into the Open: Positioning Practice is organized by PARC Foundation, Slought Foundation, and The Architect’s Newspaper and presented by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C. Generous support for the project has been received from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Robert Rubin and Stephane Samuel, and PARC Foundation.


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