Thursday, August 30, 2012

Venice Architecture Biennial

This year at the Venice Biennial in the U.S. Pavilion is a fascinating, timely exhibition called  Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good.

While I could try and describe it I would rather you read what the curators had to say:

"In recent years, there has been a nascent movement of designers acting on their own initiative to

solve problematic urban situations, creating new opportunities and amenities for the public. Provisional, improvisational, guerrilla, unsolicited, tactical, temporary, informal, DIY, unplanned, participatory, opensource—these are just a few of the words that have been used to describe this growing body of work.

Spontaneous Interventions will frame an archive of compelling, actionable strategies, ranging from
urban farms to guerilla bike lanes, temporary architecture to poster campaigns, urban navigation apps to crowdsourced city planning. These efforts cut across boundaries, addressing architecture, landscape, infrastructure, and the digital universe, and run the gamut from symbolic to practical, physical to virtual, whimsical to serious. But they share an optimistic willingness to venture outside conventional practice and to deploy fresh tactics to make cities more sustainable, accessible, and inclusive." Some of the projects I have blogged about before, such as the Seed bombs and Edible school yards, but I love the diversity and energy that is shown in their selection, from Occupy Wall Street to Post furniture.

I only hope every architect, designer, landscape architect and planner that visits the exhibion takes a little piece of it home......... mentally, of course.

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