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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    US Pavilion Vernissage

    Ramon Hernandez
    Jun 3, '16 7:20 PM EST

    The opening day of the U.S. Pavilion was a moment of gratification and clarity. The countless hours of work from the Curators and Staff were greeted by thousand of visitors from around the world.

    The exhibition rooms were full of guests who were actively engaged in asking curators, exhibitors, and fellows questions about the work and thoughts on the post-industrial city. In conversation with guests, many characteristics of the city of Detroit brought back memories of qualities and concerns from many of the guests respective home. 

    Experiencing the people and energy during the Venice Biennale Vernissage was opportunity to see the exhibition we had been working on for the past number of weeks with a new set of eyes. The following are a few images from the opening day. 

    Dequindre Cut : Work from Marshall Brown Projects, MOS, and Zago Architecture

    T+E+A+M, Greg Lynn FORM

    BairBalliet at Detroit Riverfront

    Detroit Riverfront: Present Future, Preston Scott Cohen, BairBalliet

    Andrew Zago, John R. Phillips, and Monica Ponce De Leon

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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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