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The Architectural Imagination: Packard Plant

October 16, 2015 at 12:00 pm

The Architectural Imagination: Packard Plant

The US Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale will host The Architectural Imagination, an exhibition of new speculative architectural projects commissioned for specific sites in Detroit but with far-reaching application for cities around the world. The exhibition will emphasize the importance and value of the architectural imagination in shaping forms and spaces into exciting future possibilities. The birthplace of the automobile industry, the free-span factory floor, the concrete paved road, and Motown and techno music, Detroit was once a center of American imagination, not only for the products it made but also for its modern architecture and modern lifestyle, which captivated audiences worldwide. Like many postindustrial cities, Detroit is coping with a changed urban core that for decades has generated much thinking in urban planning. As advocates of the power of architecture to construct culture and catalyze cities, curators Cynthia Davidson and Monica Ponce de Leon will commission twelve visionary American architectural practices to produce new work that demonstrates the creativity and resourcefulness of architecture to address the social and environmental issues of the 21st century.

This presentation is the last of four The Architectural Imagination roundtable discussions at Taubman College. 


Packard Plant

Venice Biennale Presentation IV – The Architectural Imagination: Packard Plant from Taubman College on Vimeo.


GREG LYNN, Greg Lynn FORM, Venice, CA
Greg Lynn FORM has been at the cutting edge of design in the field of architecture when it comes to the use of computer-aided design. The projects, publications, teachings and writings associated with the office have been influential in the acceptance and use of advanced technology for design and fabrication. Greg Lynn FORM was established in 1994 in Hoboken, NJ and relocated to Venice, California in 1998 to take advantage of the knowledge and technology resources in both the manufacturing and entertainment industries of Southern California. The office is a design forward team that combines a unique specialization in exotic form and a creative ease and expertise with cutting edge design, manufacturing and construction techniques germane to the aeronautic, automobile and film industries of Southern California.

STAN ALLEN, SAA/Stan Allen Architect
SAA/Stan Allen Architect is a small, agile practice capable of working at a wide range of scales. Responding to the complexity of the modern city in creative ways, SAA has developed an extensive catalogue of innovative design strategies, in particular looking at art, field theory, ecology and landscape architecture as models to revitalize the practice of architecture. The office has realized buildings and urban projects in the United States, South America and Asia. Stan Allen holds degrees from Brown University, The Cooper Union and Princeton. After working for Richard Meier in New York and Rafael Moneo in Madrid, he established his independent practice in 1990. From 1999 – 2003, he worked in collaboration with James Corner/Field Operations, during which time they won competitions for the French Embassy Garden in New York and the reuse of the Fresh Kills Landfill in Staten Island. From 2002 to 2012 Allen served as Dean of the School of Architecture at Princeton University where he is currently the George Dutton ’27 Professor of Architecture.

T+E+A+M is a collective of four young, internationally recognized designers with extensive experience in practice and teaching. We have been invited to exhibit work at the 2012 Venice Biennale, Storefront for Art and Architecture, the Boston Society of Architects, Van Alen Institute, Center for Architecture, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Architectural Association, the A+D Gallery, the Beijing Biennale, the Shenzhen & Hong Kong Biennale and Art Prize Grand Rapids. We hold professional licensure and have completed numerous residential and hospitality interiors in New York, Virginia, and Michigan as well as full-scale installations in Chicago, New York, Detroit and Venice. Our work has been published in the Journal of Architectural Education, MONU, Triple Canopy, Project Journal, Pidgin, Thresholds, Scapegoat: Architecture, Landscape, and Political Economy, and ARPA Journal.



October 16, 2015
12:00 pm
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