‘into the open: positioning practice’

the U.S. pavilion at the venice architecture biennale september 14 – november 23, 2008

during this year’s venice architecture biennale, the U.S. pavilion will feature the exhibition ‘into the open: positioning practice. the exhibit aims to explore the role of architects in shaping community and built environment. 16 practitioners will be featured ranging from architects to students and activists. the show is being co-curated by aaron levy (executive director and senior curator at slought foundation) and andrew sturm (director of architecture for the parc foundation). the exhibit was conceived in collaboration with participating architects teddy cruz and deborah gans.

‘into the open: positioning practice’ explores how architects, urban researchers, and community activists
are meeting the challenges of creating new work in response to contemporary social conditions and
addresses factors challenging traditional methods of architecture, such as shifting socio-cultural
demographics, changing geo-political boundaries, uneven economic development, and the explosion
of migration and urbanization.

http://positioningpractice.us

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