Aug 29th 2015

Marshall Brown Chosen for 2016 Venice Biennale

Associate Professor Marshall Brown has been chosen as one of twelve architects to produce the US exhibition at the 2016 Venice Biennale.

The US Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale will host The Architectural Imagination, an exhibition of new speculative architectural projects commissioned for specific sites in Detroit but with far-reaching application for cities around the world. The exhibition will emphasize the importance and value of the architectural imagination in shaping forms and spaces into exciting future possibilities. 

The birthplace of the automobile industry, the free-span factory floor, the concrete paved road, and Motown and techno music, Detroit was once a center of American imagination, not only for the products it made but also for its modern architecture and modern lifestyle, which captivated audiences worldwide. Like many postindustrial cities, 

Detroit is coping with a changed urban core that for decades has generated much thinking in urban planning. As advocates of the power of architecture to construct culture and catalyze cities, curators Cynthia Davidson and Monica Ponce de Leon have commissioned twelve visionary American architectural practices to produce new work that demonstrates the creativity and resourcefulness of architecture to address the social and environmental issues of the 21st century.

The twelve teams of architects include:

A(n) Office, Detroit, Michigan
Marcelo López-Dinardi; V. Mitch McEwen

BairBalliet, Columbus, Ohio; Chicago, Illinois
Kelly Bair; Kristy Balliet

Greg Lynn FORM, Los Angeles, California
Greg Lynn

Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects, Atlanta, Georgia
Mack Scogin; Merrill Elam

MARSHALL BROWN PROJECTS, Chicago, Illinois
Marshall Brown

MOS Architects, New York, New York
Hilary Sample; Michael Meredith

Pita & Bloom, Los Angeles, California
Florencia Pita; Jackilin Hah Bloom

Present Future, Houston, Texas
Albert Pope; Jesús Vassallo

Preston Scott Cohen Inc., Cambridge, Massachusetts
Preston Scott Cohen

SAA/Stan Allen Architect, New York, New York
Stan Allen

T+E+A+M, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Thom Moran; Ellie Abrons; Adam Fure; Meredith Miller

Zago Architecture, Los Angeles, California
Andrew Zago; Laura Bouwman