And the raves continue:

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008
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Arma dei Carabinieri

Arma dei Carabinieri

Thanks to Kristen Richards and ARCHNEWSNOW, she is able to let us know over here at A/N that yes all the hard work, cat fights, long hours, egos might have paid off for the US Pavilion crew. As the reviews come in we will keep them coming. We promise not to put lipstick on a pig about the truth and will post yay’s and nay’s.


The American pavilion – with the best exhibition it has hosted in years, from which celebrity architects are notably absent – showcases 16 projects from all over the country that illustrate how this absence of the state has fostered a roll-up-your-sleeves, do-it-yourself culture, which is proving fruitful and productive in local architecture.

Visions of architecture, practical and inspired, International Herald Tribune

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Guardian Review by Jonathan Glancey

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008
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Greg Lynn

Greg Lynn

Nude hippies, big blobs, stunning dog pounds – is the 2008 architecture biennale too wacky for its own good?  

…The second part of the biennale, held in the national pavilions dotted through the city’s giardini a few minutes’ walk from the Arsenale, begins to offer some real, adult answers to the question of how we can make warm and lovable buildings for people of all classes, creeds and incomes. The US pavilion takes the theme the most seriously, with displays of radical designs for $20,000 homes executed in some of America’s poorest states by such commendable US practices as the Rural Studio. These designs come as a welcome reality check. Read More

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Hugh Pearman on the Venice pavilions (video)

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008
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See what RIBA’s Hugh Pearman has to say on the BD web-site

http://www.bdonline.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=725&storycode=3122494&c=2 

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Pop-Up Pavilion

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008
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Roving Pavilion

Roving Pavilion

I returned to the giardini from my afternoon spritz to find this pop-up tent in front of the U.S. pavilion- a perfect spot given the theme of Teddy Cruz’s image of the border. It apparently has been migrating around the garden all week and was gone in an hour.

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US Pavilion

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008
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Entrance to US Pavilion

Entrance to US Pavilion

In case you want to see the web-site for the US Pavilion…check it out.

http://positioningpractice.us

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ArrivederLa, Venezia

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008
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Martin Perrin-US Pavilion Graphic Designer

Martin Perrin-US Pavilion Graphic Designer

The AN crew has departed Venice and we are now all back and preparing our next vast issue which will cover all at the Biennale that we found to be firm, commodious, and delightful, or not. There were no untoward confrontations on the flight back as we sat amidst friends in steerage including Charles Renfro, LOT/EK’s Giuseppe Lignano and Ada Tolla, Andrea Blum, Chee Pearlman, Tucker Viemeister.  Laurie Beckelman, Liz Diller, Ric Scofidio, Mark Wigley and Beatriz Colomina were also on board but sat in Somewhere Else. Stay Tuned.

Into the Brink

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Saturday, September 13, 2008
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It is confirmed: Aaron Betsky fell into the canal.  Friday, on his way to one of several august assemblages of the evening (See Guggenheim Villa, Darkside), Betsky pitched into the murky depths as he ascended the staircase of the Palazzo Polignac where Herzog & deMeuron were hosting a private dinner party. As confirmed by his sister, he was unable to answer his cell phone the next day, as rumors abounded that he went in after it. As we have also experienced a pitching sensation whenever near the water and handrails are few and far between in this fair city, we can sympathize. Later that evening, other diners noticed that Betsky’s spirits were undamped although his suit and shirt were.

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Ordinary Spaces

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Saturday, September 13, 2008
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Robin Walkers Villa in Cork, c. 1970

Robin Walker's Villa in Cork, c. 1970

Inside Palazzo Giustinian Lolin, up a narrow stone stair in a grand salon with silk walls, dim frescoes, and blue-ish gold brocade curtains, the computer monitors talk about the lives of ordinary rooms with a quiet precision that feels like a salve after days of can-you-top-this architecture installations. Read More

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Acqua Alta

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Saturday, September 13, 2008
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One sturdy soul ignores the pouring rain to check out an installation in the Giardini.

One sturdy soul ignores the pouring rain to check out an installation in the Giardini.

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Dark Days, indeed

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Saturday, September 13, 2008
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Dark Side, huh? Instead, we raged, raged, against the dying of the light

Give yourself to the Dark Side, Luke...

It seemed like a good idea at the time: After a long day looking at work and talking to folks, why not tag along with some people more glamorous than we are and head to the Dark Side Club, a nightly series of gatherings organized around the Biennale. Hard to get an invite? Cool! Starts at 11 and continues all night? We’re not as old as we look, dammit! In a fantastic palazzo that no one can seem to find? Right on! Prosecco and chocolates? Hell, yeah! Lectures to a silent and reverential crowd at midnight? Ahem… Read More

Q: And who is this?

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Saturday, September 13, 2008
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Pamela Puchalski and Greg Wessner

We saw many faces at the more then 600+ celebration on Friday night at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum for the celebration of the US Pavilion.  Thanks to the support of Ted Hathaway and Susan Trimble of OldCastle Glass the party was a great success.  

A: Pamela Puchalski…she does exist and is still in London.   Great to see you Pamela.

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Only in Venice, kids, only in Venice!

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Saturday, September 13, 2008
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From our roving correspondent Alex Gorlin, who was party-hopping the other night:

Among the guests at Aaron Betsky’s 50th birthday celebration on Thursday were Henry Urbach, curator of Architecture at SF MoMA, Laurie Beckelman, UCLA’s Sylvia Lavin (who was complaining to Jeff Kipnis about the mosquitoes), Susan Grant Lewin the PR Queen—she barely made the “haj” to the party—the Modern’s Barry Bergdoll with Bill Ryall, his partner, Reed Kroloff and Casey Jones. Last and certainly not least was Katherine Gustafson, the Zaha of landscape design, who appeared in a regally flowing white toga-like gown. The setting was her “Garden of Paradise” at the Arsenale,  a coyly-renamed installation in the Garden of Virgins, with vegetables and flowers culminating in a swirling ridge of grassy mounds above which floated giant white ballons and what looked like the remains of a parachute. All in all, an elegant evening, although with no lights on, it was pitch black and so far away that one can only imagine half the guests, a little tipsy perhaps, falling into canals on the trek home. Read More

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