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United States of America

American Framing

  • TUE - SUN
    22/05 > 31/07
    11 AM - 7 PM

    01/08 > 21/11
    10 AM - 6 PM
  • Giardini
  • Admission with ticket

Commissioner: Paul Preissner
Curators: Paul Andersen, Paul Preissner
Exhibitors: Ania Jaworska, Norman/Kelley, Linda Robbennolt, Daniel Shea, Chris Strong, The University of Illinois at Chicago School of Architecture

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Reportedly originating in 1832 with George Washington Snow’s balloon-framed warehouse, softwood construction offered a solution to the need for a variety and large number of buildings during America’s westward expansion. The availability of the principal material, simplicity of construction, an ability to be built by low- or unskilled workers, and the growing economies and populations of the Midwest led to the proliferation of an architecture that has since dominated the American built landscape. The exhibition tells a story of an architectural project that is eager to choose economy over technical knowledge, and accepting of relaxed ideas towards craft. This desire plays out in a full-scale addition to the Pavilion building itself: completing the 1930s US Pavilion, with America’s ubiquitous domestic project, the wood-framed houses.

Biennale Sneak Peek

Image 1 – How will we live together?
War housing in Erie, Pennsylvania, 1941.
Photo: Al Palmer, courtesy Library of Congress


Image 2 – Sneak peek of the project
Photo: Untitled, Daniel Shea, 2020

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