Thursday, August 02, 2018

Venice-Architecture Biennale-National Pavilions- Australia –Belgium–Canada–Czech/ Slovak–France–Germany–Korea-Netherlands–Nordic Countries-USA

16th International Architecture National Pavilions Biennale 
Australia – Belgium – Canada –Czech and Slovak – France – Germany – Korea – The Netherlands – Nordic Countries - USA

 During the 16th International Architecture Biennale, until November 25, curated Yvonne Farrell and Shelley and entitled FreeSpace, at the Giardini, at the Arsenale and around Venice, National Pavilions present their own exhibitions. The Golden Lion for the Best National Participation was awarded to Switzerland and a Special Mention for National Participation went to Great Britain.

Australian Pavilion – Repair
Commissioner: Janet Holmes a Court AC
Curators: Baracco+Wright Architects in collaboration
with Linda Tegg
Exhibitors: Baracco+Wright Architects, Bower Studio, Collins and Turner, d_Lab, RMIT University, Gilby + Brewin Architecture, iredale pedersen hook, James Mather Delaney Design, Greenaway Architects, Kerstin Thompson Architects, Monash Architecture Laboratory, m3architecture with Bryan Hooper Architect P/L, Neeson Murcutt Architects Pty Ltd with sue barnsley design landscape architecture, NMBW Architecture Studio, Lucinda Mclean, William Goodsir and RMIT University,Robin Boyd, Woods Bagot with Tridente Architects and Oxigen.
Wild nature is a model architecture can look up to, or it can be forbidden territory not to be trespassed upon. 10,000 plants inside and outside the Pavilion tell the story of the tension between the environment and human spaces and is designed to stimulate debate not only among professionals but at a cultural, social and economic level, too. Space finds its definition in a debate between experts in urban design, landscape architecture, indigenous culture and philosophy. These disciplines will act as a filter to help us see architecture as it hasn’t been imagined before.

Linda Tegg

Australian Pavilion – Repair

 Louise Wright 

Mauro Baracco

 Belgian Pavilion - Eurotopie

Commissioner: Federation Wallonie-Bruxelles
Curators: Traumnovelle and Roxane Le Grelle

Exhibitors: Traumnovelle and Roxane Le Grelle in collaboration with Bruce Bégout, Philippe Braquenier, Sébastien Lacomblez, Dennis Pohl, Claire Trottignon and 6’56” (Jurgen Maelfeyt)

An occasion to reflect on age-old questions about the meaning of Europe and its need for strength and vitality to counter raging nationalism. At the geographical and political heart of the continent, the European quarter in Brussels means more than the sum of adjacent physical spaces; it is the embodiment of the political system of the European Union. The goal of the Pavilion, built in 1907 and the second-oldest after the former Italian Pavilion, is to feed debate and the exchange of different views – something that seems lacking in the European quarter – about the future of Europe, starting with a better knowledge of Brussels’ own urban fabric.

Belgian Pavilion - Eurotopie

Canadian Pavilion - Canada Builds/Rebuilds a Pavilion in Venice

Curator: Rejean Legault
Architect for the restoration: Alberico Barbiano di Belgiojoso, Landscape Architects: Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, Bryce Gauthier

Sixty years since its construction and after four years of renovation work, the Pavilion itself is celebrated by showing the main stages of its history. The restoration of the Canadian building by architect Alberico Barbiano di Belgiojoso, heir to the practice that designed the Pavilion originally in 1958 (BBPR - Ban, Belgiojoso, Peressutti, Rogers).

Canadian Pavilion - Canada Builds/Rebuilds a Pavilion in Venice

Republico of Czech and Slovak Pavilion – UNES-CO

Curator: Katerina Seda, Hana Jirmusova Lazarowitz
Exhibitor: Katerina Seda

Progressively deprived of their original residents and filled with tourists, a large number of tourist destinations in Czechia and Slovakia are seeing their traditional rhythms and habits fade away and their buildings being devoted to tourism and hospitality. The example being shown is that of Ceskyy Krumlov, a city of 13,000 in Bohemia, visited every year by over a million tourists who have ‘pushed’ the original inhabitants out of the city center. The Pavilion is the office of fictional UNES-CO project, trying to reverse this process.

Hana Jirmusova Lazarowitz and Katerina Seda

Republic of Czech and Slovak Pavilion – UNES-CO

French Pavilion - Infinite Places - Building or Making Places?

Commissioner: French Institute with Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Culture
Curators: Nicola Delon, Julien Choppin, Sebastien Eymard-Encore Heureux
Exhibitors: Nicolas Chambon and Encore Heureux for the Hotel Pasteur in Rennes: the Atelier Novembre for the CentQuatre-Paris in Paris; PEROU (Pole d’exploration des ressources urbaines) and NAC (Notre Atelier commun) for the Tri Postal in Avignon; Julien Beller for the 6B in Saint-Denis; Jean-Marc Jourdain and Nicolas Bachet for the Convention in Auch; ARM Architecture - Poitevin Reynaud, Construire, Matthieu Place, Encore Heureux, Jean-Luc Brisson, David Onatzki, Duchier+Pietra Architectes, Olivier Moreux, Caractère Spécial and BkClub for the Friche la Belle de Mai in Marseille; Encore Heureux for the Ateliers Médicis in Clichy sous-bois-Montfermeil; Construire and Encore Heureux for the Grande Halle in Colombelles.

The exhibition recycles materials used for Studio Venezia, the project by Xavier Veilhan presented at the 2017 Art Biennale, and is about architectural experimentation's in the restitution of territory. A story of ten places across France - that have seen projects of temporary occupation, public infrastructure, participative habitats, places of work or culture, that make us wonder whether architecture is just about making buildings or it is really about creating places.

Sebastien Eymard- Encore Heureux, Julien Choppin and Nicola Delon

French Pavilion - Infinite Places - Building or Making Places?

German Pavilion – Unbuilding Walls
Commissioner: Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community
Curators: Marianne Birthler, Lars Kruckeberg, Wolfram Putz, Thomas Willemeit
On February 5, Germany celebrated Circle Day: 28 years, 2 months and 26 days since the fall of the Berlin Wall, which is exactly the same time the Wall had divided the city in half. Walls to tear down in the name of integration, walls to walk past to understand what differentiates our world from what came before, walls to study to understand the history of a nation. How and how much do division and integration influence architecture? Starting with its own history, Germany presents a reflection on the concept of a border and its effects on the organization of space.
German Pavilion – Unbuilding Walls
German Pavilion – Unbuilding Walls

  Korean Pavilion – Spectres of the State Avant-garde

Commissioner: Arts Council Korea
Curator: Seongtae Park
Exhibitors: Sung-woo Kim (N.E.E.D Architecture), Jinhong Jeon, Yunhee Choi (BARE), Hyun-Suk Seo, Hyun Seok Kang, Gunho Kim (SGHS), Choon Choi, Kyoungtae Kim (EH), Jidon Jung

Korea Engineering Consultants Corp., a state-owned consultancy for architecture and civil engineering established in 1963, has been instrumental for the nation in terms of the development of architecture and building. The four projects exhibited at the Korean Pavilion (the Pavilion for the 1970 Osaka Expo, the master plan for Yeouido Island, the Seawoon Arcade and the Guro Industrial Exposition plan) coming from the Corporation’s archive, were built in the late 1960s to act as propaganda for Korea’s intention to become an industrial powerhouse.

Korean Pavilion – Spectres of the State Avant-garde


 The Netherlands Pavilion – Body - Work  - Leisure

Commissioner: Het Nieuwe Instituut
Curator: Marina Otero Verzier
Exhibitors: Amal Alhaag, Beatriz Colomina, Marten Kuijpers & Victor Muñoz Sanz, Simone C. Niquille, Mark Wigley, Matthew Stewart and Jane Chew, Northscapes Collective (Hamed Khosravi, Taneha K. Bacchin & Filippo laFleur), Noam Toran, Giuditta Vendrame, Paolo Patelli, Liam Young, Florentijn Boddendijk and Remco de Jong, Giulio Squilacciotti.
Dutch artist and architect Constant Nieuwenhuys created New Babylon, a theoretical creative society, in the 1960s. In New Babylon, humankind is liberated by the automation of the production process and can concentrate instead on personal growth through play and creative development. This hypothetical future may now be closer than we imagined: in Rotterdam and in rural Holland a new architecture of complete automation is being implemented, from the port’s self-managed logistical infrastructure to the relationships that define the physical and social landscape of a city. What are the short- and long-term implications of automation on the urban environment? Curator Marina Otero Verzier searches for answers with the help of architects, designers, historians and theorists.

The Netherlands Pavilion – Body - Work  - Leisure

Nordic Pavilion – Findland – Norway – Sweden – Another Generosity

Commissioner: Reetta Heiskanen, Museum of Finnish Architecture
Curators: Juulia Kauste, Eero Lunden
Exhibitors: Lunden Architecture Company

The relationship between nature and the built environment is investigated in order to understand the latest trends in architecture, highlighting the fragile, often invisible interactions between buildings and space. These intricacies are examined by Sverre Fehen, the architect who designed the Nordic Pavilion’s building in 1962 and made it permeable to the eye, with no definite separation between inside and outside, and able to show its content clearly. Thanks to the natural light which floods the building through its exceptional roof, forms, sounds and materials blend in an architecturally unique way.

United States of American Pavilion – Dimensions of Citizenship

Commissioners: School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Paul Coffey, Jonathan Solomon), The University of Chicago (Bill Brown, Bill Michel)
Curators: Niall Atkinson, Ann Lui, Mimi Zeiger
Exhibitors: Amanda Williams + Andres L.Hernandez in collaboration with Shani Crowe;Design Earth; Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Laura Kurgan, Robert Gerard Pietrusko with Columbia Center for Spatial Research; Estudio Teddy Cruz + Fonna Forman; Keller Easterling with MANY; SCAPE; Studio Gang, Frances Bodomo, Mandana Moghaddam, David Rueter and Marissa Lee Benedict, Mika Rottenberg, Liam Young.
Questions of citizenship grow more urgent every day in the USA, as in the rest of the world. Seven professional teams show how architects and designers can have a say on this topic and how cooperation between these two disciplines may help us understand what we mean by ‘belonging.’ Inclusion and exclusion, marginalization and democratic rights are reflected in the built environment from the micro to the macro, from a table to a whole building, from infrastructure to the planet. Other than the seven installations – each of which tells the story of what it means to belong on a different scale – the curators have selected video art on the themes of travel, mobility and migration with respect to citizenship.
Mimi Zeiger
Kate Orff

Amanda Williams and Andres L. Hernandez
Don’t Miss
The Awards - Biennale Architecture
Golden Lion – Best Pavilion - Switzerland
Svizzera 240:House Tour
The Golden Lion for Best National Participation to Switzerland for a compelling architectural installation that is at once enjoyable while tackling the critical issues of scale in domestic space.

The Awards - Biennale Architecture
A special mention National Participation
 Great Britain - Island
A Special mention for National Participation went to Great Britain for the courageous proposal that uses emptiness to create a “freespace” for events and informal appropriation.

Text courtesy - the BAG-Biennale Architettura Guide


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