Big news from overseas: the PHS Pop Up Garden from 2011 will be showcased at the U.S. Pavilion at the 13th International Venice Architecture Biennale. The theme this year is “Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good.” What an honor!
The goal of Spontaneous Interventions is to “frame an archive of compelling, actionable strategies, ranging from urban farms to guerilla bike lanes, temporary architecture to poster campaigns, urban navigation apps to crowdsourced city planning. These efforts cut across boundaries, addressing architecture, landscape, infrastructure, and the digital universe, and run the gamut from symbolic to practical, physical to virtual, whimsical to serious. But they share an optimistic willingness to venture outside conventional practice and to deploy fresh tactics to make cities more sustainable, accessible, and inclusive.”
PHS is proud to be included in such an inspirational showcase. PHS program manager Linda Walczak says “PHS is honored to have our work selected as part of the exhibition. We were thrilled to learn of the theme this year, knowing that the Pop Up Garden would be a good candidate. I hope the project draws international attention to the type of great work PHS does throughout the community.”
And keep an eye out in case PHS decides to pop up again this summer!