Architectural imagination is our ongoing intuition and ability as designers to ask; what if my home, my city, or building could be more like this?...
My fascination for the city of Venice was as immediate as our approach from the water taxi to the narrow mesmerizing canals of the city! The antiquity of Venice and it's preservation by contemporary fascinations was a sudden reminder that every site of admiration constitutes new customs, culture, unspoken rules, and moving parts that embody the mechanics of place and time.
As a Venice Biennale Fellow, I am interested exploring the drawings, details, and thoughts of the 12 invited guests in this years U.S. Pavilion as glimpses into this archive and, along the way, sharing my own stories, outlooks, and questions from this experience with you. A mental sketch, remix of images and thoughts on specific instances of architecture and urbanism.
From the North East Area of Los Angeles, California, my name is Ramon Hernandez. I am a recent Master of Architecture graduate from the University of Michigan and hold a B.A. in Urban Studies and Planning and Minor in Latino/a Studies from San Francisco State University.
Stay tuned and feel free to follow my Instagram feed @ramon_hrndz for more behind the scenes of this year's 2016 Venice Biennale!
Six Taubman College M.Arch students were selected to assist the curators of the U.S. Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale in installing The Architectural Imagination. The students will travel to Venice for one month as Exhibition Fellows. They will serve as docents for the opening days of the exhibition. This blog is about their experience working on the 2016 U.S. Pavilion and in Venice. Students: Kristen Gandy Ramon Hernandez Christopher Locke Rubin Quarcoopome Salam Rida Diana Tsai