Architecture Biennale – Russia - Special Mention. A Special Mention by the jury went to Russia for ‘i-city’. The ‘i-city’ installation takes a dialectic approach to Russia’s past, present and future and in the process turns us all into digital spies. The jury was drawn into this magical mystery tour and beguiled by its visual presentation.
Russia – i-city. In the Russian pavilion they have tried to find an architectural metaphor for connecting the real and the virtual. People today live at the intersection of on- and off-line; “our common ground” is becoming a cipher for infinite mental spaces. What will the city of the future look like, and, in particular, the city of science? The answer is to be found in the Skolkovo project. For the moment, these are plans; but their implementation should be completed in 2017.
Arep; Speech: Tchoban/Kuznetsov; David Chipperfield Architects; Valode& Pistre; Mohsen Mostafavi; OMA; SANAA; Herzog& de Meuron; Stefano Boeri architetti; Project MEGANOM; MDP/Michel Desvigne paysagiste; BERNASKONI architecture bureau
Commissioner: Grigory Revzin. Curator: Sergei Tchoban. Deputy Curators: Sergey Kuznetsov, Valeria Kashirina
The Netherlands – Re-Set. .One single mobile object occupies the space for three months and emphasizes the building’s unique qualities. This object flows through the interior, re-configures its organization and creates multiple rooms along the way. The experience of light, sound and space are be manipulated so that new perspectives emerge.
Architect: Inside/Outside Petra Blaisse
Commissioner: Netherlands Architecture Institute. Curator: Ole Bouman.
Rem Koolhaas and Petra Blaisse
Architecture Biennale – Germany. Reduce/Reuse/Recycle. The population of Germany is dwindling and aging. A large-scale process of demographic change is taking place. Working on the existing inventory has long become a priority, focusing on shrinkage, downsizing, regeneration, conversion and refurbishment of existing buildings and on closing the gaps in the urban fabric.
Germany - Reduce/Reuse/Recycle. Reduce/Reuse/Recycle stands for a successful shift in value from waste to reusable material. The three R’s form a waste hierarchy in which avoidance comes first followed by direct reuse and, in third place, recycling which changes the properties of the material. The same logic may be applied in setting up a new value system to address existing buildings: the fewer changes that are made and the less energy used, the better the process.
Germany. Reduce/Reuse/Recycle. Valuing what exists is the best starting point for a completely open-minded approach: appreciating that the dilapidated, the strange and the ordinary are architectural resources worth taking seriously can open up potential new directions in architecture. Reduce/Reuse/Recycle shows projects and perspectives by architects who take a positive, empowering view of existing structures as an inspiration and motivation for further development.
AFF Architekten: Atelier Kempe Thill architects and planners; AMUNT Architekten Martenson und Nagel Theissen; Brandlhuber+Era, emde, Schneider; Brandlhuber+ Emde, Schneider; Diener & Diener; Heinle, Wischer und Partner; Hild und K Architekten; knerer und lang Architekten; Architects Urbanists; Meixner Schlüter Wendt Architekten; Robertneun; Schulz & Schulz Architekten; Staab Architekten; Urs Füssler / Jörg Leeser
Commissioner/Curator: Muck Petzet.
Installation designer Konstatin Grcic and commissioner and curator Muck Petzet
Architecture Biennale – Australia. Healthabitat is one of six practices chosen to represent Australia at the Architecture Biennale. The exhibition is called "Formations" which aims to give light to unique practice structures in Australian Architecture. Healthabitat was generated through an Australian Indigenous health service ambition to improve the health of children aged zero to five years old. It is now run as a "social business" evolving over more than 25 years into a practice formation combining health, environment and design related to, but not focused on, architecture. Led by architect Paul Pholeros, medical director Dr Paul Torzillo and community director Stephan Rainow, this formation has shown the potential for architectural skills and methods to combine with a wide range of other professional and community groups. Its work has produced better living environments and proven health benefits for a broad range of non-traditional architectural clients, from the remote Central Australian desert communities, rural Nepalese villages, to urban Brooklyn, New York City.
Australia – Formations: New Practices in Australian Architecture. Manager Gregory Norman and director and architect Paul Pholeros of Healthabitat. Improving complex health problems requires combined health, environment and design skills. By reforming a practice around the design, specification and maintenance of housing for the disadvantaged, Healthabitat shows architects can contribute to work for the 'other' 90 per cent of the world's population.
Formations: New Practices in Australian Architecture: Healthabitat (Paul Pholeros, Stephan Rainow, Paul Torzillo); Supermanoeuvre (Dave Pigram, Iain Maxwell, Chris Duffield); Richard Goodwin Pty Ltd (Richard Goodwin); Maribor 2012 European Cultural Capital 2112 2112 Ai : 100 YC ((Year city)) (Tom Kovac, Fleur Watson); The Architects Radio Show (Stuart Harrison, Simon Knott, Christine Phillips, Rory Hyde); Archrival (Claire McCaughan, Lucy Humphrey)
Commissioner: Janet Holmes à Court AC. Curators: Anthony Burke and Gerard Reinmuth in conjunction with TOKO Concept Design (Michael Lugmayr, Eva Dijkstra).
Architecture Biennale – Spain. SpainLab is a laboratory of innovation and research. Above. Al Aire (BetweenAir) by SelgasCano an installation that investigates ways that movable agriculture can blend in the fields of botany and architecture. The installation is a set of containers that allow plants to grow in small strata of earth or water. Data will be processed during the installation with the goal of learning exciting new ways to gain back terrain for nature.
SPAINLab - RCR Arquitectes: (Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem, Ramón Vilalta); Selgascano (Lucía Cano, José Selgas); Urban Habitat/Barcelona City Council (Vicente Guallart); SMAO - Sancho-Madridejos; Architecture Office (Sol Madridejos, Juan Carlos Sancho); Menis Arquitectos (Fernando Menis); Cloud9 (Enric Ruiz-Geli); Ecosistema Urbano (Belinda Tato, José Luis Vallejo)
Commissioners: Gobierno De España. Ministerio De Fomento. Dirección General De Arquitectura, Vivienda Y Suelo with ACE (Acción Cultural Española), AECID (Agencia Española De Cooperación Internacional Para El Desarrollo). Curator: Antón García-Abril,Débora Mesa.
Jose Selgas architect of Selgascano
Josep Belba Biologist
Landscaper designer Stefano Baccari
Architecture Biennale – Serbia. 100 Jedan: Sto. “A big white table, in the rectangular space of the pavilion around which visitors can go between it and the walls. Sound effects are created by visitors as they touch it. It is one vs. hundred a possible metaphor of a common ground? Are we always those who are alone in an endless plethora of things? Are we alone against everyone or alone with everyone? In any case, it is clear that an individual shares a common “table” with many others and is almost always in the common ground, the space which we create for ourselves."
Jedan:sto/100: Marija Mikovic; Olga Lazarevic; Marija Strajnic; Nikola Andonov; Aleksandar Ristovic; Marko Marovic; Janko Tadic; Nebojša Stevanovic; Milan Dragic and Miloš Živkovic
Commissioner/Curator: Igor Maric.
Milos Zivkovic, Milan Dragic, Olga Lazarevic and Nikola Andronov
Architecture Biennale – Olafur Eliasson. Little Sun is a work of art that works in life. It transforms the light that is for all of us into light that is for each of us. Little Sun makes light. Designed by Olafur Eliasson and Federik Ottesen, it is a solar-powered lamp for the 1.6 billion people worldwide who live off electrical grid. By buying Little Sun at full price in areas of the world with electricity, you help make it available for a lower price to communities with no or inconsistent electricity. It is an artistic endeavor and a call to action.
Architect Carlotta de Bevilacqua and lighting entrepeneur Ernesto Gismondi he is wearing an Eliasson Little Sun around his neck.
Korean architect Lee sang Leem and Italian archistar Vittorio Gregotti with a copy of-->Lee Sang Leem’s book which features a chapter on Vittorio Gregotti.
At the Koren Pavilion, outside the exhibition, Walk in Architecture, a refreshing wild berry cold tea was served by a lady wearing traditional dress.
Architecture Biennale – Swistzerland. Miroslav Šik staged in the Swiss Pavilion the exhibition «And Now the Ensemble!!!», a striking mural/collage inspired by and consisting of images of buildings designed by Šik himself and by the architectural practices of Knapkiewicz & Fickert (Zurich) and Miller & Maranta (Basel), whom he invited to assist with the project. The mural/collage is the work of photographer Michael Zirn, who has transformed the Pavilion into a huge camera oscura, with a sequence of images developed all along the walls. Miroslav Šik and his associates composed the image files, featuring a combination of their existing projects, in digital format. They were then handed over to Michael Zirn, who cunningly transformed them into photographic negatives and transposed them onto the walls of the Pavilion. Zirn adopted a very traditional analogue technique: the photographs were developed, however, not in the classic 20x30cm format but on 280m2 of wall space, to create probably the largest analogue photograph ever displayed on a wall.
Swizterland - And Now the Ensemble. Zirn and his colleagues worked in giornate, as if creating a fresco painting, covering an area of 25/30 m2 each working day. A light-sensitive emulsion was first applied to the area of wall concerned and the enlarged image was then projected onto it. After a given exposure time, the image was developed to achieve the final result. Working day by day in this way, they have composed this huge analogue panorama, a virtual city destined to exist only within the walls of the Swiss Pavilion.
Und jetzt das Ensemble! (And now the ensemble): Miroslav Šik with Axel Fickert, Kaschka Knapkiewicz, Paola Maranta, Quintus Miller
Commissioners: Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia (Marianne Burki, Sandi Paucic).
The Zumtobel's: Karin, Jurg and Isabel