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View of SpontaneousInterventions: design actions for the common good, the U.S. Pavilion at the 13th International Venice Architecture Biennale
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Cathy Lang Ho, FAAR'09 was commissioner and lead curator of the Pavilion at the 13th International Architecture Exhibition at La Biennale di Venezia. The U.S. Pavilion was awarded a Special Mention in the competition for the Golden Lion for best National Pavilion, the first time the American Pavilion has earned an award from the Venice Architecture Biennale (now up, through November 25). She oversaw a team that included two other AAR fellows — John Hartmann, FAAR'05 of Freecell, which designed the exhibition in collaboration with Erik Adigard, FAAR'13 of M-A-D. See press here. The Reviews by the New York Times and Monocle are especially interesting. 

Earlier this month Lauren Hackworth Petersen, FAAR,'99 lectured on “Roman Isis and Egyptomania: A Strange Brew of Politics and Religion” as part of The Mario and Antoinette Romano Lecture Series at Binghamton University.

Joel Katz, FAAR'03 has published a new book Designing Information: Human Factors and Common Sense in Information Design.

Divergent Fictions, a retrospective of work by Rocio Rodriguez, AFAAR'97, is reviewed in the November issue of  Art in America.

This year marks the 125th birthday of Henry Varnum Poor, RAAR'50,'51 (1888-1970), painter and ceramicist. The Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery in Lindsborg, Kansas recently hosted the exhibition Henry Varnum Poor: Commemorating 125 Years, celebrating the 125th anniversary of Poor's birth in nearby Chapman, Kansas.

Read the latest on Trustee C. Brian Rose, FAAR'92, RAAR'12 and his work educating American troops on archaeological conservation before they are deployed to Afghanistan.