Last week we brought you part one of PHS’s epic adventure in Venice for the Biennale. This exhibition uplifting progressive thinking in urban design has allowed staffers Nancy O’Donnell and Linda Walczak to spread the PHS message far and wide. Read on!
Our next day at the Biennale proved just as interesting as the first few. Many of the pavilions were hosting openings, and the place was jammed with insiders. We spotted many celebrity architects, including David Chipperfield, the British architect who curated the Biennale. Other luminaries include Todd Williams and Billie Tsien, well-loved by Philadelphians for their work at the Barnes, and the Indian architect Anupama Kundoo.
The highlight of today was the series of “relays,” panel discussions held in the courtyard of the US pavilion.
2. At the Productive Landscapes Relay, Nancy engaged in a conversation with a broad range of people from across the country. Gordon Douglas, one of the exhibit curators, presided. Participants were from Denver, St.Louis, New Orleans, and San Francisco. Some were single guerrilla interventionists, while others were from larger firms or academia.
3. The vacant lands discussion was enlivened by the creator of the red swing project, Andrew from Austin. Since his is an anonymous project, that’s all the info we can share, Check out the website reswingproject.org.
That’s it for now. If you’d like to read more about the U.S. pavilion and some of the other countries involved, click here.