Launch Slideshow

Spontaneous Interventions Opens

Spontaneous Interventions Opens

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    The courtyard at the Delano & Aldrich–designed U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Biennale plays host to Commonplace, an installation by Interboro Partners based on the passarelle (the emergency sidewalks deployed during Venice's legendary floods). Commonplace will host a series of programs and informal gatherings during the Biennale, after which the installation will be disassembled and the components given to the city of Venice to be deployed around the urban environment.

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    Inside the pavilion, visitors can see the 124 projects that are featured in the Spontaneous Interventions exhibit. Each intervention is featured on a banner that can be pulled down from the ceiling for a closer read.

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    The backs of the banners feature a coded system of colored stripes that correspond to the themes present in each project.

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    Each banner is hung on a pulley system; when the banner is pulled down, a corresponding counterweight (inscribed with keywords relating to the project) is lifted.

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    The floor of the pavilion is covered in a timeline that records major events in the history of urban development.

The 13th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale doesn’t officially open until Wednesday, but here is a sneak peek at the now-completed exhibition at the U.S. Pavilion, which opened for previews this morning. This year’s exhibition, "Spontaneous Interventions," was spearheaded by commissioner Cathy Lang Ho and co-curated by Guggenheim Museum assistant curator of architecture and urban studies David van der Leer and ARCHITECT’s editor-in-chief Ned Cramer, Assoc. AIA. The exhibition designers have transformed the permanent U.S. Pavilion, designed by Delano & Aldrich, into a hall of flags, with banners hanging from the ceiling that highlight each of the 124 projects highlighted in the show. The courtyard in front of the pavilion is the site of "Commonplace," an installation by Interboro Partners, that will host formal programming throughout the Biennale’s three-month run.