Sunday, September 17, 2006

VENICE - Giardini
10th Biennale of Architecture - U.S. Pavilion. After The Flood: Building on Higher Ground is the name of the exhibition in the American Pavilion. It offers a range of architectural responses to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans last year. The show focuses on proposals for both multi-family and single-family housing, drawing from an international competition that the magazine, Architectural Record organized with Tulane University School of Architecture. Shown above and conceived by Anderson Anderson Architecture, The Alluvial Sponge Comb, is a simpatico installation which offers an experimental solution for flood protection. Made of flexible, superasbsorbent material, the multifinger sponge captures water to become a temporary flood barrier. This design is meant to harmonize with the natural ebb and flow of water, rather than resist it. Pin It

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