Into the Open: Positioning Practice
Official U.S. representation at La Biennale di Venezia, 11th International Architecture Exhibition (2008), with assistance from the Peggy Guggenheim Collection,
Travels to the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, Parsons The New School for Design, New York, and the National Constitution Center and Slought Foundation, Philadelphia (2009)
September 14-November 23, 2008
U.S. Pavilion, Giardini della Biennale, Venice, Italy
Reception on Sunday, September 14, 2008
The exhibition "Into the Open: Positioning Practice” to be presented in
the U.S. Pavilion for La Biennale di Venezia, 11th International Architecture Exhibition, from September 14 through November 23 in Venice, Italy;
from March 4 through May 1, 2009 in New York at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, Parsons The New School for Design;
and from July 15 through September 15, 2009 in Philadelphia at the National Constitution Center and Slought Foundation.
Into the Open: Positioning Practice, the official U.S. representation at the 11th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, focuses on the increasing interest in civic engagement in American architectural practice, and examines the means by which a new generation of architects is reclaiming a role in shaping community and the built environment. The exhibition features 16 architectural groups who actively engage communities, responding to social and environmental issues, including shifting demographics, changing geo-political boundaries, uneven economic development, and the explosion of urban migration. These intellectually entrepreneurial actors are designing the conditions from which new architectures can emerge-becoming activists, developers, facilitators of inclusive urban policies, as well as innovative urban researchers. Reaching creatively across institutions, agencies, and jurisdictions, they are negotiating hidden resources in the private, public, and non-profit sectors.
The exhibition has been organized by
Aaron Levy, Executive Director of Slought Foundation, William Menking, founder of The Architect's Newspaper, and Andrew Sturm, Director of Architecture for the PARC Foundation.
The exhibition was conceived in collaboration with architects Teddy Cruz and Deborah Gans.
For more information: http://labiennale.us/
Into the Open: Positioning Practice is organized by Slought Foundation and PARC Foundation, with media partner The Architect's Newspaper, and presented by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S, Department of State, Washington, D.C., in cooperation with the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice. 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.
Support for the exhibition and public programs has been provided by Oldcastle Glass, Pratt Institute, inSite San Diego/Tijuana, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Thornton Tomasetti, FXFOWLE Architects, Gwathmey Siegel and Associates Architects, Abe and Pat Levy, Perkins Eastman, the Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative, funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts, the Samuel S. Fels Fund, Larry Levy, Weidlinger Associates, Kartell, Jack Stern, Jack and Bea Morton, the Bernice Gersh Foundation, Pilkington and Leggett, the Shimkin Foundation, Michèle Richman, and Deborah Levy.
Special thanks to Duggal Visual Solutions for generous assistance in the design and fabrication of exhibition display materials in Venice. Special thanks to Digital Plus, DuPont Building Innovations, International Building Products, inc., GreenDepot, WORKac, Illy, ABC Carpet & Home, Contaminatenyc, and viawines.com for exhibition materials at Parsons.
For more information or to request an interview please contact:
Project website: http://labiennale.us
For more information about the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA)
Catherine Stearns at 202-203-5107 or StearnsCL@state.gov
June 13, 2008; 10:00am
The Architectural League
457 Madison Avenue
New York, New York 10022
September 12, 2008; 11:00am
Giardini della Biennale
March 4, 2009; 11:00am
Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
Parsons The New School for Design
June 30, 2009; 10:00am
National Constitution Center
Official U.S. representation at La Biennale di Venezia, 11th International Architecture Exhibition (2008), et al. "Into the Open: Positioning Practice." Slought Foundation Online Content. [14 September 2008;
Accessed 10 December 2013]. <http://slought.org/content/11402/>.