Ashley Schafer Part of Trio Selected to Organize US Pavilion at 2014 Venice Biennale

Knowlton School Associate Professor of Architecture Ashley Schafer is one of a trio of curators selected by the U.S. Department of State to organize the exhibition of the United States Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architectural Biennale. The project, entitled OfficeUS: Criticism by Re-making, is (as described in the New York Times), “an experiment in reimagining the last 100 years of American building abroad.”

Schafer, editor of architecture journal PRAXIS, along with Eva Franch i Gilabert, executive director and chief curator of the Storefront for Art and Architecture, and Ana Miljački, an assistant professor of architecture at M.I.T , developed the winning concept for the U.S. Pavilion. In keeping with “Fundamentals,” the theme of the 2014 Biennale, directed by Rem Koolhaas, OfficeUS (from the OfficeUS press release):

“re-imagines the U.S. Pavilion as an active, experimental architectural office that researches, studies, and remakes 1,000 projects designed by American architecture firms and exported abroad.  U.S. representation at this global event ensures that the excellence, vitality, diversity, and innovation of architecture in the United States are effectively showcased abroad, and provides an opportunity to engage international audiences to increase understanding across cultures.”

Follow the latest news on the project at its website, OfficeUS.org.

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