The U.S. Pavilion at the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale has launched a new website and issued a call for projects to be considered for inclusion, but hurry because the deadline is February 6th (gasp!). Organized by the Institute of Urban Design, the exhibition is devoted to the theme Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good, and will explore a burgeoning movement of architectural projects that are changing our urban environment through unorthodox, open-sourced, and often improvisational means.
What the heck does that mean, you ask? What is improv architecture? Well, for starters the arsenal already includes guerrilla bikes lanes, urban farms, pop-up markets, acts of chairbombing (building chairs out of found materials, then placing them in public spaces in need of seating), and digital projects that reshape the way we navigate cities.
What’s more exciting that the open-submission format is that over the next nine months, the website will grow to include a news feed, a curators’ blog, links to articles and resources, and a list of participants and projects. When the Biennale begins in September, the site will add a participants’ blog and a searchable project database so that you don’t have to spend thousands on airfare (and I mean thousands. Have you seen the emissions tax the EU pushed through?!) to enjoy the best of the Biennale this year.
FYI: U.S. Pavilion commissioner and curator Cathy Lang Ho is a New York–based writer, editor, and a board member of the Institute of Urban Design. Co-curator Ned Cramer is the editor-in-chief of ARCHITECT magazine, an official media partner of the U.S. Pavilion. David van der Leer, also a co-curator, is the assistant curator of architecture and design at the Guggenheim Museum in New York.