exhibit _ “CITY WORKS” AT THE 13th VENICE ARCHITECTURE BIENNALE
Posted on August 1, 2012
Designer and curator of City Works exhibition at the 13th International Architecture Biennale in Venice, Italy, August 27 – November 25, 2012.
Invited by David Chipperfield, director of the 13th Venice Biennale, Eisenschmidt designed and curated an exhibition that re-envisions a series of urban environments that are typical for Chicago in order to examine visionary alternatives to the way architecture and planning engage the city. The installation is a collaborative effort of 5 teams that involves a large model (12’x12′, produced by David Brown, Studio Gang, Stanley Tigerman, and UrbanLab) of a visionary Chicago as well as an encompassing drawing (100’ long) that creates a visual backdrop. The outside of the screen (produced by the Visionary Cities Project/Alexander Eisenschmidt) is a panorama of a Phantom Chicago, entirely composed of unbuilt visionary proposals for the city.
Excerpt from the official catalog: “According to curator Alexander Eisenschmidt, in our age of extreme urbanization architects have been placed in the critical predicament that calls for a new attitude towards the city that highlights its potentials, engages with its problems, and understands itself as a catalyst. As urmetropolis and prototypical American city, Chicago has been particularly receptive to this attitude. This concept is pursued through the presentation of projects—both real and imagined—by Chicago-based practices. These include Eisenschmidt’s Phantom Chicago Panorama, where the city is recreated through unbuilt visionary projects across the twentieth century . . . what unites the historical and the current scene in Chicago is an attitude toward the city, one that understands it as a catalyst and is determined to find within it potentials for spatial, material, programmatic, and organizational invention.” (David Chipperfield, Common Ground: 13th International Architecture Exhibition. La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, 2012.)
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Visionary Cities Project (VCP) Team Members: Matthew van der Ploeg, Jonathan Mac Gillis, Senaid Salcin, Mark Cunningham, Senada Imsirovic, Jennifer Meakins, Alex Sorell, John Tisza, Jayne Kelly.
Special thanks to: Joerg Becker (graphic design), Ryan Palider (installation detailing and construction).
With generous support by: AIA Chicago; the Chicago Architecture Foundation; the Driehaus Foundation; the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts; the Illinois Institute of Technology’s College of Architecture; PolarGreen LLC; and the School of Architecture, the College of Architecture and the Arts, and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research at the the University of Illinois at Chicago.