The exhibition “Into the Open: Positioning Practice” highlights America’s rich history of architectural experimentation and explores the ways spatial practices are working collaboratively to invigorate community activism and environmental policy.

    The installation of the exhibition is itself designed as a space of productive community engagement.

    Visitors are invited to cross the border ( Estudio Cruz: “50 Mile Border”) into a Garden  (Alice Waters: Edible Schoolyard) which reorganizes the traditional divided axial symmetry of the building’s circulation into a circular flow, guided by an elliptical conference table running through each of the galleries.

    Each of the 18 exhibited spatial practices has a seat at the elliptical table, where the visitor sits to read a key to the practice’s images on continuous storyboard above…displaying “how to” implementation techniques for the community transformations exhibited.

    In the short flurry of professional interaction that is the Biennale, domestically scaled seating groups in each room provide comfortable interaction areas, and serve as settings to view the video and print material produced by the practices exhibited.

    In the Pavilion’s rotunda, visitors to the exhibition are invited to join the project’s blog to add their own critical views on the social, economic and political issues that Into the Open explores.


Presenting Organizations:

Slought Foundation and Parc Foundation

William Menking, Aaron Levy, Andrew Sturm

Design and Curatorial Consultant: Julie Ault

Exhibition Consultant: Leanne Mella

Exhibition Graphics: Perrin Studio, with Mikhail Iliatov

Positioning Practice Website

Exhibition Design for "Into the Open: Positioning Practice" The U.S. Pavilion for La Biennale di Venezia,

11th International Architecture Exhibition.

Venice, Italy


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Cultural ApertureBridging_Gaps.html
CIty 4City_4.html
Recruiting Station ( at ARO)Recruiting_Station_%28w_ARO%29.html
Wythe Avenue (w/ MDIM)Wythe_Avenue.html
Sticker ShockStickershock.html
GWB Stress AnalysisGWB_Stress_Analysis.html
Rorschach Psyche SpaceRorschach_Space.html
Ink on Paper FoldedInk_on_Paper_Folded.html
Anchorage Event SpaceAnchorage_Space.html
Chinatown GarretChinatown_Garret.html
Paper Wall ( at ARO)Paper_Wall.html
Soundpods ( w/Genken)Genken_Soundpods.html
Film Wall ( w/D.Margeiter)Filmakademie.html
Farm Store BoothFarm_Store_Booth.html
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Crab ChairCrab_Chair.html
Festpielhaus (w/Martin Beck)Festpeilhaus_%28w_Martin_Beck%29.html
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Stress WallpaperStress_Wallpaper.html
Aperture MouldingCultural_Aperture.html
Elemental OrnamentalElemental_Ornamental.html
Works & Projects:Works.html
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Venice Biennale
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Securities (w/Standard)Securities.html
Seems ScreenSeams_Screen.html
Sally Sherwin Walsh BookSally_Sherwin_Walsh_Book.html
Sheetrock WallSheetrock_Wall.html