HOK SF in the award-winning U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Biennale!

Buongiorno!  I write this from my desk in HOK San Francisco, but my mind’s in beautiful Venice, where we are one of the participants at the U.S. Pavilion in the 13th International Architecture Exhibition la Biennale di Venezia!

Earlier this year, we submitted the re:NEWS project for inclusion in this year’s U.S. Pavilion, which was designed with the theme of ‘Spontaneous Interventions’ – since we believed that our project perfectly exemplified the call for entries: “designers acting on their own initiative to solve problematic urban situations, creating new opportunities and amenities for the public”.

re:NEWS was chosen as one of 124 participants in this year’s exhibition at the U.S. Pavilion. Curated by the Institute for Urban Design and designed by Freecell, the pavilion beautifully balances information and interaction, with the projects being displayed in an engaging, thought-provoking format. Check out a glimpse of how our project was displayed (below)!

And now for the great news – on 29th August, the U.S. Pavilion won a Special Mention award! In the words of the jury, “Special mention goes to the United States of America for ‘Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good’. This interactive installation impressed the Jury with its celebration of the power of individuals to change society in small but effective ways. The unpretentiously simple presentation was a delight.”

As one of the participants in the pavilion, we are very proud and honoured to have been part of this great idea. Our experience, as the Italians would say, was “meraviglioso”!

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