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Exhibition Closing Party: Grounds for Detroit / supermanoeuvre: Projects for the 2012 Venice Biennale

The International Architecture Biennale is arguably the most important event on the international contemporary architecture calendar. Held in Venice, Italy every other year, the Biennale showcases new ideas and projects by architects from around the world. The 13th Venice International Architecture Biennale (August 29 – November 25, 2012) was organized by architect David Chipperfield, who selected 'Common Ground' as the overall theme of the exhibition. In responding to this theme, architects were challenged to put their own work into a global perspective and demonstrate a commitment to shared and common values.

Taubman College faculty participated in two projects for the Biennale, both of which are represented in this exhibition through drawings and photographs:

  • 13178 Moran Street: Grounds for Detroit is a collective exhibition of five experimental architecture instal¬lations and a curated show of work by more than ten artists, architects, and writers currently work¬ing in and on Detroit. In part, the exhibition revisits a collaborative fellowship project from 2010, where five of the architects collectively bought an abandoned single-family house in Detroit for $500 cash at public auction. The house on Moran Street served as a shared substrate within which each practice constructed a distinct project – a full-scale intervention. This project was designed by Ellie Abron with Adam Fure; Meredith Miller, Milligram Office; Thom Moran; Catie Newell, *Alibi Studio; Rosalyn Shieh, Schaum/Shieh.
  • supermanoeuvre operates through fluid collaborative networks across a diverse range of domains and between peers in three continents. Leveraging the potential of a highly networked structure, supermanoeuvere has been central in establishing a range of non-standard practice initiatives, including the International Fabrication Robotics Network, founded by Wes McGee and Dave Pigram, which is dedicated to the evolution of advanced fabrication and algorithmic design techniques. supermanoeuvre's contribution to FORMATIONS, The Clouds of Venice, in the Australian Pavilion, is a demonstration of the potential for extreme customization and complex assemblies via the use of robotic fabrication.

 

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