Your guide to the 2013 Biennial of the Americas

Nick Cave's HEARD•DAM Soundsuits will gallop into Civic Center Park as part of the 2013 Biennial of the Americas.
Next Tuesday, the second Biennial of the Americas will kick off a crammed four days of programming -- July 16 through 19 -- that promises to run fast and hard, giving you little time to catch your breath. To help you plot your course, we've compiled this list of the Biennial's major events; for more details, visit the Biennial's website, Platform 5280 Facebook page or Twitter feed, @TheBiennial. For further info on the go, there's also a free Biennial of the Americas smart-phone app available from the iTunes App Store.

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Symposia: Intercontinental debates and discussions

As great minds of the Americas -- gathered together from the northern reaches of Canada to the southern tip of South America -- congregate in Denver to discuss modern urban challenges during invitational daytime clínicas, they'll open it up to the public each evening of the Biennial to discuss their findings.

Symposia begin at 5:30 p.m. nightly at the Buell Theatre; daily admission to the ticketed events runs $15 to $25 and tickets are currently available in advance at TicketsWest.

July 16: Inaugural Forum: Unleashing Human Potential

This opening forum, moderated by the Daily Beast's Tina Brown, features innovative international speakers, including local success stories Governor John HIckenlooper and media mogul John Malone. They all have one thing in common: They've reinvented industries in sync with fast-changing times, and they'll be sharing their stories.

July 17: Reinventing Communities and How We Live

Arianna Huffington will moderate a discussion on how communities can build on lessons from such historical advances as the industrial and technological revolutions to meet the demands of 21st century concerns, from population growth to the growing importance of sustainable resources. Speakers include Peter Kareiva, Jim Rogers, former Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Ambassador Carlos Urrutia, Steve Williams and Alberto Alemán Zubieta.

July 18: Reinventing Business As Usual

The discussion will target changing business models in a world re-emerging from recession. Speakers include Jean Case, Christopher Harland, José Miguel Insulza, Paul Jacobs, Julie Katzman, John Malone and Danilo Santos de Miranda.

July 19: Reinventing Education for the Global Market

CNN's Patricia Janiot moderates this look at what's needed to prepare the emerging workforce for the future through advanced educational models. Speakers include Daphne Koller, Secretary Arne Duncan and John Hendricks.

"The MIne Pavilion," rendering.

Draft Urbanism: The grand tour

The artsy side of the Biennial will also take a forward-looking approach with a series of satellite shows addressing the idea that cities are constantly in flux, with one structural set segueing into another through time. Draft Urbanism, put together by a curatorial team led by international star Carson Chan, examines urban change in many sizes and shapes, playing with the definition of "draft" with references to architecture, creating models and even that favorite local pastime, brewing better beer.

To begin with, these four large-scale installations scattered around downtown Denver will focus on the architectural angle.

The Mirror Stages by Meyer-Grohbrügge & Chermayeff, 16th Street Mall

A series of net structures containing butterflies cover urban furniture along the mall, creating an interactive space to draw in bystanders.

Mine Pavilion, Pezo von Ellrichshausen, Larimer Street and Speer Boulevard

This immense wooden structure serves as a wall-like metaphor for the way Speer Boulevard perceptually distances downtown Denver from nearby Auraria with a river of rushing traffic. In form, it also harks back to the region's mining past.

Skyline Cloud, plan:b arquitectos, Skyline Park

These shady, umbrella-like modules will turn an underused portion of Skyline Park into a more inviting place by providing quiet spots in a bustling urban setting.

The Hotel Rehearsal, Alex Schweder, 15th and Welton streets

A statement about the precious space wasted by downtown surface parking lots, a product of urban renewal, the installation -- a scissor-lifted hotel room that rises from a parked van -- imagines a time, maybe not so far away, when buildings will again rise from the empty lots.

In addition to the installations, artwork and ideas by local and international names alike will grace billboards and other forms of signage throughout the city. A map is available at the website, and stay tuned to Show & Tell at for a more complete guide.

Continue reading for more on the 2013 Biennial.

Location Info


Temple Buell Theatre

14th and Curtis streets, Denver, CO

Category: Music

McNichols Building

144 W. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO

Category: General

Sustainability Park

2500 Arapahoe St., Denver, CO

Category: General

Sie FilmCenter

2510 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Film

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