Anne Guiney is the Executive Director of the Institute for Urban Design, a think tank of urbanists that represented the United States at the 13th Annual Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale with Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good. The show, which celebrates small-scale projects initiated by architects, designers, artists, and everyday citizens that bring positive change to their neighborhoods and cities, received a special jury prize; it is the first time the American Pavilion has been honored in this way. The exhibition is now traveling in the U. S., and is currently installed in the Chicago Cultural Center and Millenium Park.
Spontaneous Interventions builds on the Institute’s work in connecting design and civic engagement: Guiney developed the innovative crowd sourced design project “By the City / For the City” as part of a new public festival, Urban Design Week, which launched in September 2011. This effort connected New Yorkers and their intimate knowledge of their neighborhoods with the problem-solving and imaginative abilities of architects, artists, and urban designers, and resulted in the book By the City / For the City: An Atlas of Possibility for the Future of New York.
Prior to joining the Institute, she was editor of the New York edition of The Architect’s Newspaper, and was part of the original team that launched the newspaper in 2003. She has also served as an editor at Architecture magazine and Metropolis, and has written widely on architecture and design for other publications, including Architect, ID, and Details.
Institute for Urban Design
The Institute for Urban Design works tirelessly to expand the public dialogue about progressive urban planning, development, and design. Since its founding in 1979, the Institute has been a central platform for debate among architects, planners, policy-makers, developers, academics, journalists, and urbanists. By representing the full range of stakeholder voices affected by urban development, we hope to advance the cause of quality in planning and urban design. Through a series of lectures, symposia, and publications, we work toward an environment in which everyone can advocate for a better, more vibrant and sustainable future for our cities.
In the last several years, the Institute has expanded its scope to civic engagement and activism, with a specific focus on empowering citizens to participate in the collaborative effort of city building. In September 2011, the Institute organized and hosted Urban Design Week, a festival that brought urban design into the public spotlight through a celebration of New York City’s exceptional urbanity. Over six days and 37 events, UDW connected New Yorkers with the fascinating and complex issues of the public realm. In conjunction with the festival, the Institute published By the City/For the City: An Atlas of Possibility for the Future of New York, a compendium of ideas for civic improvement submitted by hundreds of New Yorkers and designers from around the world.
Building on these ideas, the Institute created Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good, an exhibition which documents projects initiated by American architects and designers aimed at bringing positive change to the public realm. The show was selected to represent the United States in the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale in fall 2012, and is currently installed in the Chicago Cultural Center and Millenium Park, in Chicago, IL.