12 Innovative Ways to Rethink Our Cities From the U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale

Jennifer Hattam
Design / Urban Design
September 6, 2012

The U.S. Biennale Pavilion: 'Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good'

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The U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale features an interactive installation highlighting 124 'urban interventions.'

Pop-up parklets, schoolyard gardens, guerilla bike lanes and other innovative ways of rethinking urban planning from the ground up are getting their day in the sun at the 13th International Venice Architecture Biennale, the world's most prestigious architecture event, thanks to the the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

The official U.S. Pavilion, organized by the Institute for Urban Design, features 124 urban interventions "initiated by architects, designers, planners, artists, and everyday citizens that bring positive change to their neighborhoods and cities."

Whether high-tech or low-tech, permanent or temporary, these interventions reflect the efforts of individuals to "create projects that expand the amenities, comfort, functionality, inclusiveness, safety, and sustainability of cities" -- often while making urban areas more fun and enjoyable to live in too.

The U.S. Pavilion, "Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good," opened late last month and will be on display in Venice through November 25. We showcase a dozen of its bright ideas to inspire urban dwellers around the world:

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