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Faculty participate in 2017 La Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Étienne

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Faculty participate in 2017 La Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Étienne

Assistant Professors of Architecture, Anya Sirota and Thom Moran, will be participating in the 10th La Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Étienne which takes place on March 9 - April 9, 2017. Detroit and its future is the centerpiece theme of the Biennale and will represent over sixty Detroiters across three exhibitions. The Biennale responds to Detroit’s designation as a “City of Design” from UNESCO—the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Detroit is the first and only U.S. city to receive this distinction.


The Mothership designed by Akoaki Studio for the O.N.E. Mile Project  

Anya Sirota of Akoaki Studio will be curating one of the three exhibitions, “Out of Site,” which reveals how Detroiters reinvent how they live and work through radically collaborative processes, site-specific research, and a focus on locally rooted cultural activity. In a series of full-scale installations, artists and musicians will work together with the Detroit Afrikan Music Institution (DAMI) and French musicians.


Designer Thom Moran of Thing Thing experiments with materials for “Future Foam,” an upcycling collaboration supported by Lear Corporation

Thom Moran of Thing Thing will present “Future foam,” an upcycling furniture prototype which will be featured in “Footwork,” an exhibition organized by the Detroit Creative Corridor Center and curated by Public Design Trust and will include experimental processes and products in an effort to look at collaborations between Detroit’s corporate, grassroots, and civic design organizations. "Future Foam" was an upcycling project from manufactured foam in collaboration with and supported by Lear Corporation.

For more about the Biennale: http://www.biennale-design.com/saint-etienne/2017/fr/detroit/

Featured articles:
Domus: Interview with Anya Sirota: http://www.domusweb.it/en/interviews/2017/02/24/akoaki_zero_degree_design.html

Architect's Newspaper:
https://archpaper.com/2017/01/2017-saint-etienne-design-biennale-detroit/

Model D:
http://www.modeldmedia.com/devnews/SaintEtienneDesignBienalle.aspx

dBusiness:
http://www.dbusiness.com/daily-news/Annual-2017/Detroit-Architecture-Firm-Prepares-to-Showcase-Motor-City-at-International-Exhibition/

CBS Detroit:
http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2017/03/02/detroit-a-guest-city-of-honor-at-largest-design-show-in-france-photos/#.WLptCZbXwHo.facebook

Fox 2 Detroit:
http://www.fox2detroit.com/good-day/237130528-story

Curbed Detroit:
http://detroit.curbed.com/2017/3/6/14830450/detroit-design-saint-etienne-biennale

Crain's Detroit Business:
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20160719/NEWS/160719809/detroit-to-be-featured-in-french-exhibit-on-future-of-work