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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    Unpacking the U.S. Pavilion

    Ramon Hernandez
    May 25, '16 6:35 AM EST



    Here is a look back at the early stages of unpacking the work of 12 invited architects for the US. Pavilion. Careful storage of the fragile artifacts, some accompanied by diagrams and others with no  instructions, echoed the theme of what the 6 Venice Biennale Fellows would face as we unpacked 49 Crates in 3 days!





    Some crates contained tools to unpack more crates... others contained models, drawings, more tools, vinyl, parts of columns  + other surprises; a bit like Christmas in May with a new appreciation for the process of gift wrapping.


    Knolling was a must at all times! Knolling tools and crates. The process of storing 39 crates inside the US Pavilion, along with the size and fragility of all the work and models, was just as intense and required careful attention to where items in the room would be placed, as the team hauled the 39 empty crates back out to the front area of the Pavilion.



    After the crates were covered for the rain the was about to follow that week, I was left thinking about the way we store, archive, and ship architecture for process of others to freely unpack and disseminate. A process of import and export, from locations foreign and familiar. 

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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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