The U.S. State Department has selected “Workshopping: An American Model of Architectural Practice,” an exhibition co-organized by the High Museum of Art and 306090, a non-profit group that promotes architecture, for the U.S. pavilion at La Biennale di Venezia. The 12th international architectural biennale will open August 29.
“[The show] assembles a group of architects who are actively redefining the role of the discipline, initiating collaborative projects which stake out exciting new territory,” says Jonathan Solomon, 306090 founder and co-curator with the High’s Michael Rooks.
“This includes experiments with new materials and structures to produce spaces for public enjoyment, research into how cities and regions can ensure social and environmental sustainability, and examples of how public-private partnerships can generate vibrant communities.”
The show, designed by Atlanta artist Danielle Roney, will include models, media displays and an installation in the courtyard. It will encompass projects by seven firms: Archeworks design school (Chicago); cityLAB at UCLA/AUD with Roger Sherman Architecture and Urban Design (Los Angeles); Hood Design Studio (Oakland); Michael Meredith and Hilary Sample (MOS) (Cambridge and New Haven); Anthony Fontenot, Guy Nordenson and Catherine Seavitt (Princeton, New Orleans and New York); John Portman & Associates (Atlanta); and Terreform led by Michael Sorkin (New York).
The exhibition will include built, buildable and theoretical projects, says Rooks. “We’re trying to strike a balance.”
The High’s recent exhibition on John Portman was a catalyst for the project. The senior architect of the group and more commercially oriented than the others, he is the exemplar of the architect-developer model of practice. Portman will be represented by Peachtree Center, the 16-acre development that was critical to the revitalization of downtown Atlanta and that remains an important economic engine for the city. (A view of the interior of the Marriott Marquis hotel is pictured above. Photo by Jaime Ardiles-Arce.)
The organizers each received $100,000 from the State Department, and they plan to raise additional funds.