BNIM’s Make It Right Playground Debuts at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale
The Lower Ninth Ward Playground is featured at the 13th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice, Italy. Considered the most prestigious architecture event in the world, it is attended by hundreds of thousands of visitors. The theme of the event, directed by British Architect David Chipperfield, is Common Ground.
Chipperfield has said that the Exhibition will “reassert the existence of an architectural culture, made up not just of singular talents but a rich continuity of diverse ideas.”
In keeping with this theme, the Lower Ninth Ward Playground came to life in August 2008 to give common ground to the children of the area who needed a suitable place to play and re-weave their community, which was still struggling to become the vibrant crossroads it once was in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
To create the playground BNIM partnered with Make it Right, founded by actor and activist Brad Pitt, and was aided with donations by Kellogg’s Corporate Citizenship Fund, PlayGreen Initiative, and KOMPAN, Inc. BNIM designed the site with local architects John Williams Architects in New Orleans.
Participants for the US Pavilion include: Architecture for Humanity, Better Block Project, Center for Urban Pedagogy, Chicago Loop Alliance, City Repair, COMMONstudio, envelope A+D, Freecell, Futurefarmers, GOOD, Fritz Haeg, HOK, Make It Right, MAS Studio, popuphood, the Rockwell Group, Mark Shepard, Street Plans Collaborative, and WORKac. It is curated by Cathy Lang Ho, David van der Leer, and Ned Cramer.
The 13th International Architecture Biennale, which is held every two years, will run from August 29 until November 25, presenting 69 projects from 55 countries. The Exhibition is organized in the Pavilions at the Giardini, at the Arsenale and in the city of Venice.
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