Models of Wood-Framed American Buildings at Biennale Architettura in Venice


There is a wonderful exhibition of wood-framed buildings at the American pavilion of the Architecture Biennale in Venice, with a large pavilion and a bunch of exquisite models.

There’s a good writeup at designboom.

Read the text on the importance and uniqueness of stud framing in America. Click on appropriate subjects.

The curators of this unique exhibit were Paul Andersen and Paul Preissner. The scale models were researched and designed by students at the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois College in Chicago. Now there’s an architecture school I would check out if I were a student!

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

One Response to Models of Wood-Framed American Buildings at Biennale Architettura in Venice

  1. Great stuff there Lloyd.

    I never new that the stick framing I learned in 1972 was considered “low skill”. We all thought we were quite the skilled labor force on the framing crews I worked on back then!


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