The Architectural Imagination is an exhibition of new speculative architectural projects designed for specific sites in Detroit but with far-reaching applications for cities around the world. It first opened to the public in the U.S. Pavilion at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale, held May 28 – November 27, 2016, where it attracted a record-breaking 150,000 visitors to the pavilion. The exhibition emphasizes the importance and value of the architectural imagination in shaping forms and spaces into exciting future possibilities for all Detroit citizens. Detroit was once a center of American imagination, not only for the products it made – cars and music and much more – but also for its modern architecture and modern lifestyle, which captivated audiences worldwide. Now, like many postindustrial cities, Detroit is coping with a changed urban density and image that has generated much thinking in urban planning.
Curators: Cynthia Davidson is the Executive Director of New York based nonprofit Anyone Corporation and Editor of the international architecture journal, Log. Monica Ponce de Leon, AIA, is the Dean of Princeton University School of Architecture and Founding Principal of MPdL Studio (Ann Arbor, Boston, and New York). The Architect Imagination