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Susan Massey selected as "EveryVille" Competition Winner

The international jury (Aaron Betsky, Zaha Hadid, Thom Mayne, Wolf Prix, Flavio Albanese, Luigi Centola, Francesco Delogu, and Paolo Baratta) chose 10 winners from the 782 projects that were submitted from 48 countries around the world. Susan Massey received an award from the committee in Venice, Italy on September 11th during the Venice Biennale vernissage. Her project is on display at this year’s Biennale, which runs through November 23rd.

The competition “calls for the preparation of an idea-project based on the theoretical-critical text written by Aaron Betsky,” in which he laments the placelessness of our towns and suburbs. “The proposal should certainly be an evocation of a real place of community where there is right now none and that may be again just a series of fragments in sprawl a decade from, it should be an EveryVille of the imagination and of memory, of hope and of fear.” Massey used drawings from her thesis “Addressing the (Wal-Mart) Carcass: Fantasies of Adeptive Misuse” as the basis for her response.

Susan Massey received her M. Arch from U of M in 2008 and is currently a student in the Masters of Science in Architecture History/Theory program.