Venice Biennale 2016

The Architectural Imagination


The Architectural Imagination is an exhibition of new speculative architectural projects designed for specific sites in Detroit but with far-reaching applications for cities around the world. It will open to the public in the US Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale.

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, as the sponsor of the U.S. Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale, selected University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning to organize the exhibition of the United States Pavilion in the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale. Cynthia Davidson and Monica Ponce de Leon are Co-Curators of the U.S. Pavilion.

The 15th Venice Architecture Biennale will be open to the public from Saturday, May 28, 2016 - Sunday, November 27, 2016. For more information on hours and admission; Tickets - Venice Biennale 2016

A Situation Constructed from Loose and Overlapping Social and Architectural Aggregates

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Project Team:
Michael Meredith, Hilary Sample, John Yurchyk, Andrew Frame, Mark Acciari, Phillip Denny, Jason Bond, Steve Gertner, Mat Staudt, Sarah Wagner, Fauzia Evanindya, Fancheng Fei, Jacob Comerci, Michaela Friedberg, Taylor Cornelson, Laura Salazar

Additional support provided by the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation and the Center for Architecture, Urbanism, and Infrastructure at the Princeton University School of Architecture.

City Fragment: Vertical Botanic Garden

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SAA/Stan Allen Architect

Project Team:
Stan Allen, Architect
Hans Tursack, Okki Berendschot, Liam Turkle

Scott Benedict | Practicall(y) Studios

Additional support provided by Center for Architecture, Urbanism, and Infrastructure at the Princeton University School of Architecture.