After receiving over 250 submissions, the curatorial team for the 2016 Venice Biennale’s U.S. Pavilion has named 12 architect teams to produce the pavilion’s U.S. exhibition, with several Harvard Graduate School of Design faculty and alumni among those selected.
The U.S. exhibition, titled The Architectural Imagination, will present speculative architectural projects commissioned for a series of sites in Detroit, with an eye for global application. The exhibition’s cocurators are Cynthia Davidson (LF ’89), director of the nonprofit Anyone Corporation and editor of the journal Log, and Monica Ponce de Leon (MAUD ’91), dean of the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan and recently named the next dean of Princeton University’s School of Architecture.
Davidson and Ponce de Leon will choose four sites in Detroit as the loci for speculative projects, determined in consultation with an advisory committee familiar with the city. Davidson and Ponce de Leon will then assign a site to each of the twelve teams, with three teams and three projects completed for each site.
The twelve projects will be exhibited in the U.S. pavilion and documented in an exhibition cataLog, a special issue of Log.
GSD faculty and alumni named to the exhibition team are:
– Marshall Brown (MArch, MAUD ’00; firm: MARSHALL BROWN PROJECTS)
– Michael Meredith (MArch ’00), with Hilary Sample (firm: MOS Architects)
– Jesús Vassallo (MArch ’06; firm: Present Future)
– Andrew Zago (MArch ’86), with Laura Bouwman (firm: Zago Architecture)