10 SECTORS, 10 SOLUTIONS: ARTISTS AND COMMUNITY CHANGE AT UMD

The University of Maryland’s School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation is currently hosting a new exhibit in partnership with ArtPlace America at the Kibel Gallery in College Park, MD.

10 Sectors, 10 Solutions: Artists and Community Change highlights 10 creative placemaking projects from around the country, each addressing a community in need, and each working within a traditional community planning and development sector.

Don’t miss the gallery talk, Creative Placemaking in Context on Monday, October 29, 2018 from 12pm-2pm, moderated by Adam Erickson with ArtPlace America. The conversation will include local artist Cassie Meador with Dance Exchange in Maryland and Carlton Turner with the Mississippi Center for Cultural Production, both who have creative placemaking projects in the exhibit.

The exhibit is free to the public and will run through January 1, 2019.

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VENICE ARCHITECTURE BIENNALE: THE GIARDINI (2016)

 

This post is the third and last in a series on the Venice Architecture Biennale. These photos and previously posted trip planning tips are inspiration for you to attend the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale in Italy, which is currently going on through November 25, 2018.

This post shares older photos specifically from the Giardini section of the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale including the country pavilions so you can get an idea of the amount and variety of exhibits available for attendees.

See more details for the current 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale here. See more details for the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale here.

DON’T MISS ‘EVICTED’ AT THE NATIONAL BUILDING MUSEUM

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After taking a dip in the Snarkitecture ‘ball’ pool at the National Building Museum, take an educational walk through ‘Evicted’.

…an immersive new exhibition based on Matthew Desmond’s Pulitzer prize-winning book. Using recently released data researched by the Eviction Lab, the first nationwide database of evictions, Evicted brings visitors to the intimate, frustrating, painful, and often repeated process of losing everything—furniture, food, heat, school supplies—as a family starts all over, over and over again. Evicted opens April 14, 2018 and runs through May 19, 2019…

Located on the first level near the bookstore, this exhibit has free admission and is open to the public. See more at the National Building Museum.

VENICE ARCHITECTURE BIENNALE: THE ARSENALE (2016)

The 2016 Biennale, titled Reporting From the Front, focused on public interest design and featured exhibits by big names in the field such as Alejandro Aravena, Sanaa, Francis Kere, and Rural Studio. Honestly, each exhibit could be an entire post! If you are interested in learning about each exhibit you can purchase the Reporting From the Front books online. There are three areas of the Biennale, the Arsenale, Giardini main building, and the country pavilions within the Giardini. This post shares photos from the Arsenale section of the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale. The last few photos show recycled building materials from previous Biennales.

Interested in going? The 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale is now open. This year’s theme is Freespace, see details here.

ACD CONFERENCE IN BALTIMORE

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Next week the Association for Community Design, in partnership with Neighborhood Design Center, will host their annual conference in Baltimore.

A gathering of community design practitioners, community partners, government officials and others, Reverberations will encourage critical reflection on the state of community design, past and present, in order to better serve our communities in the future. By building skills, honing cross-disciplinary techniques, and openly examining on-the-ground experiences, we will deepen and amplify our understanding of and influence on community impact.

See conference details here.

VENICE ARCHITECTURE BIENNALE: 10 TIPS FOR PLANNING YOUR TRIP FOR 2018

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In 2016 I had the privilege to visit the Venice Architecture Biennale, curated by public interest architect, Alejandro Aravena. The next Biennale, themed ‘Freespace’ is set to open this weekend, running from May 26 through Nov 25. Here are 10 tips which I learned from planning my own trip.

  1. Plan for at least two days. The Biennale is located in two areas, the Giardini and the Arsenale. Dedicate at least one day to each area. You could also take an extra day for the individual country pavilions (located around the Giardini main hall) or to visit some of the Collateral Events, which are affiliated exhibits around Venice.
  2. Closed on Mondays. The Biennale is closed most Mondays, so plan accordingly! I spent it sightseeing – tons to see in Venice – but you may or may not want to do that. See hours in the 2018 brochure.
  3. Consider the off season. I went in November just before it closed which was far less expensive than the busy summer months. Venice is moody, misty, and quiet then.
  4. Dress for the weather. Besides maybe two of the cafes, none of the Biennale exhibit spaces are conditioned, so if it’s chilly dress warm. (I wish I had brought my warm winter coat!)
  5. No need for rain boots. Venice floods with high tides, called an Acqua Alta, but it does not last long and the city is quick to add raised walkways so you can get to where you need to without trudging through water.
  6. Pack thoughtfully. Venice is very walkable and there are no cars, only boats, so it is challenging to get your stuff to the hotel. There are lots of steps and bridges that are not rolling bag friendly.
  7. Buy the books online. Luckily the Biennale books are available online! You don’t have to haul heavy books around all day or find room in your suitcase for them. Plus the exhibits have some paper and poster take aways that you may want some room for.
  8. Stay in the Castello neighborhood. We stayed at the Hotel Metropole which was very walkable to both the Arsenal and Giardini plus the major tourist sights. It also was close to boats to and from the airport and train stations. Many hotels also include breakfast.
  9. Save time at the Biennale Cafes. There were cafes at both the Arsenale and Giardini. I had a delicious chicken curry with couscous at the Giardini cafe – not a true taste of Venice but I found it better to not have to leave the Biennale exhibits and trek out to lunch. Assume there will be crowds as there are with most things in Venice and opt for dinners out at some of the fabulous restaurants around town.
  10. Don’t miss this by Carlo Scarpa! To the left as you walk out of the entrance of the Giardini.

BLOG PAUSE

Photo Oct 09, 1 42 57 PMHi all! I realize that it has been a while since I’ve posted anything new. We’ve recently had an addition to our family – baby Anders!

He’s kept my hands (& heart!) full these past few months. As the new parenting fog is lifting, I’m now able to jump back into blogging.

Look out for new public interest design posts coming soon. Thanks!