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  • Into the Open | Official U.S. Representation at La Biennale di Venezia
    where it offered international audiences insight into the ways America s architects are reinventing public space Critics noted the exhibition s unusually sober assessment of the challenges America faces as well as the inspired attempts by grassroots architects to mitigate these conflicts In presenting the architects featured in this exhibition in Venice New York and finally Philadelphia where the American experiment began we underscore the power that intellectual entrepreneurs can have in enacting positive change Currently on display in Philadelphia the projects featured in the exhibition are divided between the National Constitution Center Independence Mall and the Slought Foundation on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania Additionally off site community programming is being presented in partnership with local organizations At the National Constitution Center you will encounter eight of the sixteen projects including Estudio Teddy Cruz s 89 foot photo narrative of the U S Mexico border and Alice Water s model Edible Schoolyard outside on Independence Mall Immersive bold and interactive the intention of this exhibition is to inform and provoke but commentary and participation are essential We hope that the ideas presented in this exhibition prompt discussion in your own communities adding yet another layer to the

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  • Into the Open | Official U.S. Representation at La Biennale di Venezia
    these became the hallmarks of much American architecture Today changing populations shifting borders and uneven economic development exacerbated by the explosion of migration and urbanization have generated conflicts and conditions that question traditional architectural methods In a milieu characterized by territorial and institutional deadlock architects urban researchers and community activists increasingly must intervene in situations by going beyond building This does not mean dispensing with the value of architecture per se but rather acknowledging each situation s unique complexity as the generative idea This exhibition explores the original ways that today s actors are designing the conditions from which new architectures can emerge They are becoming activists developers facilitators of inclusive urban policies as well as unique urban researchers Their work expands upon diverse alternative practices of the 20th century including the urban reformers of the Regional Planning Association of America the research based designs of Charles and Ray Eames the humanistic modernism of Hassan Fathy and the experimental installations of Art Farm We are also proposing that social cultural and spatial boundaries that characterize the American landscape be understood as a new framework defining architectural problems Accordingly we have identified a heterogeneous and dispersed series of practices that are empowered by the inventive ways they work and with whom they engage These intellectually entrepreneurial practitioners are reaching creatively across institutions agencies and jurisdictions to negotiate hidden resources in the private public and non profit sectors to invigorate social activism and environmental policy In the absence of large scale public infrastructure projects in the United States local initiatives are necessarily becoming empowered dynamic arenas for exploring and generating new forms of sociability and activism We hope this preliminary showcase of America s alternative architectural practices acts as a stimulus that encourages new forms of social participation to flourish beyond our

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  • Into the Open | Official U.S. Representation at La Biennale di Venezia
    create positive change This exhibition explores how local grassroots initiatives are generating new forms of social responsibility and activism By highlighting America s rich history of architectural experimentation we hope to define architecture not just as a physical infrastructure but also as a social relationship says Aaron Levy Executive Director of the Slought Foundation The National Constitution Center will feature eight of the 16 architectural projects with the exhibition experience beginning on the Center s front lawn on Independence Mall where visitors can pass through Estudio Teddy Cruz s 89 foot photo narrative of the U S Mexico border Cruz s fence installation explores the dynamics of urban conflict on both sides of the U S and Mexico border from San Diego s affluence to homelessness in Tijuana Please note Estudio Teddy Cruz s fence installation will only be on display through August 15 2009 Visitors will also encounter Alice Waters Edible Schoolyard part of the Yale Sustainable Food Project Waters a renowned chef created this project in response to the lack of nutritious food served in California public schools A model garden located in front of the Center will feature local seasonal vegetables and flowers Campers attending the Center s American Adventure Summer Camp will help plant and tend to the garden throughout the summer The Center s model garden is developed in partnership with The Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania and Pedal Co Op On display in the Center s Posterity Hall visitors can view the following projects Hale County Animal Shelter by Rural Studio at Auburn University The Subsidized Landscape by the Center for Urban Pedagogy Architecture and Justice Million Dollars Blocks by the Spatial Information Design Lab Laura Kurgan The Floating Pool by Jonathan Kirschenfeld Associates Sustainable Prototype for Greensburg Kansas by

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  • Into the Open | Official U.S. Representation at La Biennale di Venezia
    Learn about the public programs organized for the exhibition at the National Constitution Center on Independence Mall and at Slought Foundation in Philadelphia 2009 Parsons the New School for Design Learn about the public programs organized for the exhibition at

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  • Into the Open | Official U.S. Representation at La Biennale di Venezia
    complete with instructions and signage made by these young California students The architect Deborah Gans whose practice is in New York City has responded to the need for temporary housing and the myriad circumstances whether products of political upheaval natural or man made disasters or more that produce these needs by developing the Roll Out House The Roll Out House manufactured of lightweight flexible materials provides a physical and social infrastructure and a humane solution to the challenge of being uprooted from one s home The Roll Out houses in the exhibition have been newly developed for portable applications on Native American reservations such as those in South Dakota The Heidelberg Project in Detroit responds to urban decay and abandonment by turning a derelict Detroit neighborhood into a work of art Through the efforts of the artist Tyree Guyton and teams of volunteers the vacant buildings and houses of Heidelberg Street have become the canvasses for a massive public art project The Heidelberg Project is a nonprofit organization and to raise money to continue its activities the project has a store that sells t shirts jewelry posters and books The Detroit Collaborative Design Center DCDC and Project Row Houses each confront issues of gentrification and urban decay through inventive social practice and community involvement Project Row Houses demonstrates the proactive tenacity of Rick Lowe and his team of residents in the 3rd Ward neighborhood of Houston Texas as they fend off commercial development to save houses for adaptation into community cultural facilities Laura Kurgan s Spatial Information Design Lab uses complex mapping and animation to illustrate the relationship between demographics and the penal system Ms Kurgan s project is a spatial analysis of the money spent on incarceration versus the investment in housing and neighborhood infrastructure in parts of New

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  • Into the Open | Official U.S. Representation at La Biennale di Venezia
    daily activities of the King Middle school in Berkeley California Across the country at Yale University in New Haven Connecticut the Yale Sustainable Food Project directs a sustainable dining program manages an organic farm on campus and supports academic inquiry around food and agriculture both teach the origins of food principles of ecology and respect for all living systems Estudio Teddy Cruz ETC http www politicalequator org Download a handout pdf San diego based estudio Teddy Cruz explores dynamics of urban conflict on both sides of the United States Mexico border from the affluence north of San Diego to homelessness and neglect in Tijuana The practice focuses on housing and its relationship to alternative land use policies modes of sociability and economic processes Gans Studio http www gans studio net Based in New York City Gans Studio is devoted to rethinking how architecture can participate in new social forms by focusing on extreme situations that also yield insights for the general population The studio has designed housing and infrastructure for those displaced by environmental and political disaster in Kosovo New Orleans and New York City The Heidelberg Project http www heidelberg org Bearing the name of the Detroit street on which it exists the Heidelberg project is a non profit organization founded by Tyree Guyton that responds to the neighborhood s urban decay and abandonment Residents and stakeholders come together through art based activities to rebuild the fabric of their community creating a way of living that is economically viable and inclusive The organization raises money for ongoing activities through a store that sells t shirts jewelry posters and books International Center for Urban Ecology ICUE http www newsilkroads org A nomadic laboratory for future cities ICUE s projects have examined the phenomena of depopulation development and change in developed cities around the world The practice is one that engages the city at the intimate level of the pedestrian as a way to obtain an alternative reading of how cities are shaped The International Center for Urban Ecology is founded on the concept of the city as an organism an ecology of evolving and moving politics economies and cultures Jonathan Kirschenfeld Associates http www kirscharch com Over the past twenty years Jonathan Kirschenfeld associates have built urban housing childcare centers and recreation facilities acting not only as designers but also as advocates and developers The practice is dedicated to accommodating under served populations of new york City through cultural and social services Project Row Houses http www projectrowhouses org The work of Project Row Houses demonstrates how residents can fend off commercial development through neighborhood restoration The organization founded by Rick Lowe develops housing public space facilities and programs for low to moderate income residents to preserve and protect the historic character of the Third ward Rebar http www rebargroup org A collaborative of creators designers and activists Rebar is based in San Francisco Their work challenges urban conventions and reimagines social relations Their projects engage social ecological and cultural

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  • Into the Open | Official U.S. Representation at La Biennale di Venezia
    US Pavilion at La Biennale di Venezia 11th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice Italy 2008 Featured Projects View the sixteen projects featured in the exhibition Parsons the New School for Design View images of the exhibition at Parsons the New School for Design The Sheila C Johnson Design Center in New York City 2009 Public Programs View images from the public programs organized in conjunction with the exhibition National Constitution

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  • Into the Open | Official U.S. Representation at La Biennale di Venezia
    role of architecture in contemporary society 6 40 minutes 2009 Interactive Map Navigate an interactive map of the featured projects in the exhibition superimposed on an image of the United States Comissioned for Parsons the New school for Design Project Videos Watch a selection of short films by featured architects Laura Kurgan Rebar the Center for Urban Pedagogy the Center for Land Use Interpretation and Rural Studio Kyong Park s

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