Venice Biennale 2012: U.S. Pavilion Announces Designers and Participants

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Organized by the Institute for Urban Design, the American Pavilion for the 13th International Venice Architecture Biennale is devoted to the theme Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good. The installation will feature 124 urban interventions initiated by architects, designers, planners, artists, and everyday citizens that bring positive change to their neighborhoods and cities. The selection was narrowed down after a nationwide open call for projects, which yielded over 450 submissions.

Designed by the Brooklyn creative studio Freecell, the space will feature a lively system of banners that will frame an archive of the urban interventions. Collaborating with Sausalito-based communication design studio M-A-D, the installation will also feature a supergraphic that serves as a bold counterpoint to the banners and act as an installation in and of itself. This will all be presented in an enveloping environment to put Spontaneous Interventions into a broader historical and cultural context. Continuing into the courtyard, a NYC-based studio Interboro (winner of the 2011 MoMA/PS1 Young Architects Program) designed “outdoor living room” will serve as the pavilion’s hang-out and workshop space during the three months of the Biennale.

Continue after the break to review the selected projects and participants.

‘What Happens to a Design Deferred?’ Event

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The ‘What happens to a design deferred?’ event, hosted by Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP), will be a presentation of work by Brooklyn-based architecture firm and 2011 MoMA PS1 Young Architect Program winners Interboro Partners by Tobias Armborst, Daniel D’Oca, and Georgeen Theodore, followed by a live interview for Young Architects Program’s oral history project by Th—ey partners Christopher Barley and Troy Therrien.

The event takes place on September 19th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP), Wood Auditorium, Avery Hall and is free to the public.

For more information, please visit their website here.

Holding Pattern, P.S.1 2011 Installation / Interboro Partners

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A few weeks ago we shared with you photographs of this year’s P.S.1 Young Architects Program winning design, “Holding Pattern”, while in the process of installing its canopy piece. Now we are bringing you the completed structure which is open to the public through September 19th.

Designed by Interboro Partners, Tobias Armborst, Daniel D’Oca, and Georgeen Theodore, “Holding Pattern” is a community based design that incorporates both the program requirements and the communities needs.  Stretching the funds, Interboro Partners will be able to serve two purposes; as the materials will be recycled, donating ping pong tables, benches, and flood lights, (a total of 79 items) to over 50 organizations in the Long Island neighborhood.

In Progress: Interboro Partners’ “Holding Pattern” P.S.1 Installation Underway

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The community based winning design for the 2011 Young Architects Program at the P.S.1, “Holding Pattern” by Interboro Partners, shared photographs of the installations canopy raising which took place last Thursday at .  The firm, formed by Tobias Armborst, Daniel D’Oca, and Georgeen Theodore, were able to creatively accomplish the design within the Young Architects Program’s budget and program requirements, stretching the funds to essentially serve two purposes; as the materials will be recycled, donating the objects such as ping pong tables, benches, and flood lights, to the community at the end of the installation.  ”Holding Pattern” will welcome visitors beginning June 19th.

Interboro Partners “Holding Pattern” winner of the 2011 Young Architects Program at the P.S.1

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As we reported weeks ago, three New York firms, one Boston firm and one British firm were competing for the 2011 summer installation of the Young Architects Program at the MoMA P.s.1.

Today, Interboro Partners was announced as the winner with their entry Holding Pattern.

The NY firm, formed by Tobias Armborst, Daniel D’Oca, and Georgeen Theodore, not only managed to meet the YAP’s budget and programatic requirements, but also established a dialogue with the neighbors, which resulted in a scheme that doesn’t so much redesign the courtyard as reveal it.

A series of meetings with a nearby taxi company, and also with senior and day care centers, high schools, settlement houses, and the local YMCA, library, and greenmarket (among others) led to a design that includes a series of eclectic objects (benches, mirrors, ping-pong tables, and floodlights) under a very elegant and taut canopy of rope strung from MoMA PS1’s wall to the parapet across the courtyard. These objects will be recycled and given to these groups, further extending the reach of the project to the neighborhood.

More details about Holding Pattern after the break.

Expect a complete coverage of the finalists and the built installation as we have done in previous years: WORK ac‘s P.F.1. Public Farm 1 in 2008, MOSAfterparty in 2009, and SO-IL‘s Pole Dance in 2010.

MAXXI Joins Young Architects Program

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The annual make-over of PS1′s courtyard is one of our favorite summertime events, as the competition brings fresh, crazy and creative proposals to the table.  The NYTimes recently shared that the MoMA and PS1 have asked MAXXI – the National Museum of the 21st Century Arts in Rome – to be the third partner in their Young Architects Program.   MAXXI will take part in transforming the Long Island City site, but there will also be a separate installation displayed in Rome.

Logistically, a jury and a Rome jury will chose the winning architects in February.  The short list for MAXXI includes Raffaella De Simone and Valentina Mandalari of Palermo, Ghigos Ideas of Lissone and of Rome, Asif Khan of London and Langarita Navarro Arquitectos of Madrid (we’ve covered several Langarita Navarro works previously on AD here).

As we featured several weeks ago, the MoMA/MoMA PS1 finalists include Interboro Partners of Brooklyn, Matter Architecture Practice of Brooklyn, and FormlessFinder also of Brooklyn, MASS Design Group in Boston and IJP Corporation Architects of London.

You can expect full coverage of this exciting new partnership, especially the new proposals for the summer.  We are looking forward to seeing if these proposals top last summer’s ideas.