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Spontaneous Interventions: The U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale
Cathy Lang Ho & Anne Guiney, Curatorial Team, Institute for Urban Design.
Lauren Crahan & John Hartmann, Exhibition Designers, Freecell Design and Fabrication; Adjunct Faculty, Parsons.
Quilian Riano, Participant, Principal at DSGN AGNC, Adjunct Faculty, Parsons.
Spontaneous Interventions is the title of the critically acclaimed exhibition representing the United States in this year's Venice Architecture Biennale. The exhibition focuses on projects initiated by architects, designers, planners, and everyday citizens, aimed at bringing positive change to the urban realm. It captures one of the most compelling contemporary urban trends, wherein individuals are taking it upon themselves to create projects that expand the amenities, comfort, functionality, inclusiveness, safety, and sustainability of cities. From parklets to community farms, guerrilla bike lanes to urban repair squads, outdoor living rooms to pop-up markets, sharing networks, and temporary architecture, Spontaneous Interventions highlights viable citizen-led alternatives to traditional top-down urban revitalization tactics. The exhibition resonates on many levels with the overall “Common Ground” theme of the Biennale conceived by director David Chipperfield. The projects featured in Spontaneous Interventions are characterized by their interest in collaboration, in serving the collective needs of a community, and in improving the literal common ground - public space.