Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Venice: Arsenale: - Anupama Kundoo

Arsenale: Anupama Kundoo – Wall House – One to One. Kundoo, an Indian architect now based in Australia, has built an ambitious, 1:1 facsimile of the Wall House, a building she designed in Auroville, India in 2000.  The common ground is in its making.  A team of Indian craftsmen, some of whom had never before left their home country, were brought to Venice to construct the project in collaboration with staff and students from the University of Queensland, and students from IUAV in Venice, creating skills exchange across three continents.  The final piece embodies the dialogue between construct on cultures and also is a showcase for Kundoo’s architecture, a lyrical modernism at ease with the demands of climate. 

Arsenale: Urban-Think Tank – Gran Horizonte – Torre David -  Golden Lion for the Best Project. The Golden Lion for the Best Project embodying the theme of Common Ground went to Torre David / Gran Horizonte by Urban-Think Tank (Alfredo Brillembourg, Hubert Klumpner) and Justin McGuirk, curator and Iwan Baan, photographer and to the people of Caracas and their families who created a new community and a home out of an abandoned and unfinished building.  The jury praised the architects for recognizing the power of this transformational project. An informal community created a new home and a new identity by occupying Torre David and did so with flair and conviction. This initiative can be seen as an inspirational model acknowledging the strength of informal societies.

 Urban-Think Tank’s Alfredo Brillenbourg and Hubert Klumpner

 photograph and copyright manfredi bellati

In the spirit of the Biennale’s theme, Common Ground, the installation takes the form of a Venezuelan arepa restaurant, creating a genuinely social space rather than a didactic exhibition space. 
  photograph and copyright manfredi bellati
Arsenale: Luis Fernandez-Galiano – Spain Mon Amour.  Spanish critic Luis Fernadez-Galiano depicts here the critical points in history occupied Spain, and consequently Spanish architecture, today.  Half of all architecture practices in Madrid and Barcelona have closed since the financial crisis, and unemployment amongst the young is soaring.  
This exhibition presents the legacy of the talented group of architects that has created so many beautiful buildings in Spain in the last 20 years, and questions the future for recent graduates: some of them are here in person to discuss these issues with visitors.  Architecture’s resilience to economic and social strife is in focus here, and the question of what happens when the civic spaces of architecture become the background to crisis.
Participating studios: Francisco Mangado, Mansilla + Tunon, Nieto Sobejano, Paredes Pedrosa and TCR Arquitectes.

Arsenale: Kuwait – Kethra.  The Team - front: L. to R. Curator, 
Zahra Ali Baba and deputy curator, Deema Al-Ghunaim. Back Row R. Alia Alazza, Dana Alhasan, Sulaiman Albader, Lulu Alawadhi, Abdulaziz Alkandari, and Ruba Alsaleh.

Arsenale: Kuwait – Kethra. Kuwait is participating for the first time at the Architectural Biennale.  Kethra - 1. Overflowing fullness or surplus.  2. Affluence; wealth. 3. An extremely plentiful or over sufficient supply. The socio spatial typologies emerging from a culture of gathering can be traced back to pre-oil Kuwait. Increasing in density by a welfare state economy, these local habits of information gathering and distribution are registers of a critical condition between abundance and overflow. kethra is an expansive gesture, a map of potential proximity and accessibility, influencing scenarios of rapid change.

Paolo Moroni and William Sawaya

 Arsenale: Kigdom of Bahrain – Background.  Five video projections show an urban context in real time.  It is the same background typically used in news broadcasts on television, save for the graphics, audio, and, above all, the mediating presence of journalists, which allows the viewer to construct his or her own imagined idea of the Kingdom of Bahrain.  In these landscapes in a state of metamorphosis, the curators approach a series of six essays that explore the mythology of the country associated with a photographic exhibition in search for physical traces within contemporary urban territory.
Background: Deena Fakhro; Rashad Faraj; Frances Stafford; Hassan Hujairi; Kavi Kittani; MASMARDI (Maan Saloum and Dalia El Mardi); Francesco Librizzi; Matilde Cassani; Stefano Tropea; Eman Ali; Camille Zakharia; Mohammed Bu Ali
Commissioner: Ministry of Culture, Mai Al Khalifa. Curator: Noura Al-Sayeh

 Arsenale: Ireland – Shifting Ground. Shifting Ground (Beyond National Architecture). Heneghan Peng Architects were selected as participants because they work across different continents on a range of diverse projects. Water was identified as the element, which is shared across the different sites. Venice is a perfect place to take measure of this element, which suggests links to another site, the Nile Valley. An ancient Egyptian rod for measuring the water level of the Nile inspired the design of a responsive oscillating bench, which invites visitors to balance their respective weights. 

The bench constitutes a shifting ground located in the unstable field of Venice. It is about measurement and calibration of the weight of the body in relation to other bodies; in relation to the site of the installation; and in relation to water. It is located in the Artiglierie section of the Arsenale. Its level is calibrated against the mark of the acqua alta in the adjacent brickwork of the building, which marks a horizontal datum in a floating world.
Shifting Ground (Beyond National Architecture): Heneghan Peng Architects (Róisín Heneghan and Shih-Fu Peng) with Andreas Dopfer, Joseph Swan, Holger Falter, Salam Al Sabah, ChunMan Tang 
Commissioner: Elizabeth Francis. Curator: John McLaughlin. 

Artist, Angelo Bucarelli and his daughter Palma

  Horst und Edeltraut’ s Cosima Bucarelli

Architect Luca Bombassei

Arsenale: Aires Mateus - Radix.  This piece is an architectural response to the setting of the Gaggiandre, the covered docks of the Arsenale designed by Jacopo Sansovino between 1568 and 1573.  The Portuguese architects’ design uses geometry as a means to define and control space and creates a beautiful, arching response to the stately colonnades.  The result is an arch anchored at three points on the ground, with intersecting curves creating a beautiful three-dimensional steel form.  For the architects, Radix evokes the interplay of sensory experience and memory that creates architectural identity and allows us to see relationships between buildings built hundreds of years apart.

Architect Aldo Cibic

  Arsenale: Italy – The four Seasons Architecture for the “made in Italy” from Adriano Olivetti to the Green Economy. At the Italian Pavilion the theme is The Four Seasons - Architecture for the “Made in Italy” from Adriano Olivetti to the Green Economy and is curated by Luca Zevi.

The Olivetti Factory in Pozzuolo – project by architect Luigi Cosenza, 1950.

At the entrance to the pavilion an 800 Square meter garden designed by OSA Architettura e Paessaggio.
Above: OSA's Caterina Rogai, Marco Burrascano and Massimo Acito.


The four Seasons Architecture for the “made in Italy” from Adriano Olivetti to the Green Economy: The Ministry for the Cultural Heritage and Activities - PaBAAC - General Direction for the landscape, fine arts, architecture and contemporary artla Biennale di Venezia
Commissioner: Maddalena Ragni, General Director of PaBAAC.Curator: Luca Zevi. 

Ennio and Giorgia Brion

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