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Harvard and M.I.T. Faculty Talk Architecture at Venice Biennale

Views of SpontaneousInterventions: design actions for the common good. (photo courtesy of U.S. Pavilion at the 13th International Venice Architecture Biennale (Fall 2012).)

Several Harvard faculty members traveled to Venice last month to take part in the 13th Venice Biennale of Architecture, a three-month contemporary architecture festival that will run through November 25.

Among the faculty members was Harvard Graduate School of Design Dean Mohsen Mostafavi.

“The Venice Biennale provides an important opportunity for the architecture and design community to share and debate innovative ideas from across the world,” Mostafavi told the Harvard Gazette. “As leaders in practice as well as teaching, an impressive number of GSD faculty were involved in the extraordinary installations, projects, and discussions that addressed the exhibition theme of ‘Common Ground.’ ”

The American Pavilion at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection will be open through Nov. 25. The architecture exhibition is titled “Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good.”

Another local contribution to the American Pavilion took place on August 29, as Boston city officials and MIT’s Center for Advanced Urbanism faculty discussed whether urban interventions on top of the Boston big dig, are tips of the iceberg or surface treatments indifferent to the scale of what happens underneath, extrapolating the discussion to the larger picture of the American cities of the future.

For more info, check out the Harvard Gazette.

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