The Architectural Imagination Exhibition Fellows

The U.S. Department of State selected University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning to organize the exhibition of the U.S. Pavilion in the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale (May 28-Nov. 27). Cynthia Davidson and Monica Ponce de Leon are Co-Curators of the U.S. Pavilion, The Architectural Imagination (

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    Rules on Arriving in Venice

    Diana Tsai
    May 20, '16 8:34 AM EST

    The Do's and Dont's of preparing for the Biennale as experienced by yours truly- Foodie, connoisseur of all things beautiful and recent M.Arch grad, Diana Tsai. 

    1. When packing for a Biennale place all drill bits, blue tape and scales in checked baggage
    2. When bringing bags of modeling foliage through security it is best not to carry it in a transparent plastic bag
    3. Don't tell children under 5 you have candy before a 10hr flight
    4. Catch up on airplane movies and studio gossip (because let's be real- we've all been thesis zombies for the last month)
    5. Take a water taxi from the airport; all 24 pieces of luggage included to the grand canal, have the bellboy bring in all the luggage to realize the driver dropped you off at the wrong location- well that's one hotel you can never go back to...
    6. Make friends with your landlord, but don't pay $20 to duplicate your key.
    7. Find the best gelato places and save to Google maps
    8. Try to unpack your suitcase, but ultimately pass out- thanks Obama jetlag...
    9. Follow my Venice adventures as we set up the 2016 US Pavilion, The Architectural Imagination, at the 2016 Venice Biennale. Also follow my instagram @dianasaurasl2ex for more Venice shenanigans. 

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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

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