Saturday, August 28, 2021

La Biennale di Venezia - International Architectural Exhibition - How Will We Live Together - Arsenale


La Biennale di Venezia - International Architectural Exhibition
How Will We Live Together

The 17th International Architecture Exhibition, until November 21 at the Giardini, Arsenale and Forte Marghera is entitled How Do We Live Together, curated by Hashim Sarkis is organized by La Biennale di Venezia, presided by Roberto Cicutto. 112 participants represent 46 countries, the exhibition is organized into five scales at the Giardini and the Arsenale.
Chileans and Mapuche - Building places to get to know each - kunu - Building places to parley - kpyau-we
Alejandro Aravena - Gonzalo Arteaga - Victor Oddo - Diego Torres - Juan Cerda of Elemental

"We continue to invent different ways of connecting to one another, but the more technologies and media we introduce, the more we yearn for the interpersonal personal spaces of architecture.  Yet these two kinds of spacialities are not interwoven, and this section of the exhibition highlights the potential of such hybridity.  Here, at the Arsenale, installations feature prosthetics of empathy, like clothing, biochemical enhancements, apps, embedded media, communications, and the internet of things.... This section's research stations complement this spectrum by looking at the histories and politics of personal hygiene and accessibility."
Hashim Sarkis
 Artistic Director - 17th International  Architecture Exhibition
 principal architect of Hashim Sarkis Studios with offices in Boston and Beirut 
and Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning at MIT
President of La Biennale - Roberto Cicutto and Hashim Sarkis
" long as our brain is a mystery, the universe, 
the reflection of the structure of the brain 
will always be a mystery."
Santiago Ramon y Cajal
19C Spanish scientist
Sense of Space follows Cajal's vision and focuses on various meanings of perception at the intersection of architecture, neuroscience, visual arts, and machine learning.  The installation represents this symbiosis by showcasing a fully immersive, audio-visual, and 3D-printed architectural structure created by plotting data points reflecting how our brains learn, remember, and experience discrete emotions.
Sense of Space - 2021
Refik Anadol - Gokhan S. Hotamishgil

The works gathered here for Social Contacts illuminate how our environment shapes us, how spaces we inhabit choreograph relationships between and among strangers, couples and the family, with the hope that we can find new ways to live together, better.  Some works make visible our current isolation in what should be shared space.  Some stage unexpected interactions and fragile social contacts.  Some create delicacy that forces us to navigate together.
Social Contacts: Choreographing Interactions - 2020
Allan Wexler - Ellen Wexler
This installation consists of several 1:10 pavilion models that were generated and produced by honeybees in beeswax.  The project gently harnesses the power and intelligence of nature to propose new modes of architectural experience as well as the economy of use of structural material.  The project proposes that honeybees might also be of help in designing particular architectural structures for large-scale applications.  Bees are cloud engineers: they can analyse and design lightweight, architectural skins.  They marry the accuracy of technology with the organic characteristics of nature to create architectural experience that is both aesthetic and functional.
Beehive Architecture - 2021
Tomas Libertiny - Studio Libertininy

Grove is a gathering space that offers a vision for inclusive open building.  A soaring canopy of luminous, shimmering lacework clouds hover above a central projection pool enclosed by a forest of delicate basket-like columns.  An array of custom speakers embedded within the columns form a 3D soundscape.  Visitors are immersed in forest-like shadow plays and fields of voices that range from gentle whispers to intense crescendos.
Grove - 2021
Philip Beesley - University School of Archtiecture - Philip Beesley Studio Inc. - Living Architecture Systems Group 

In exploring soft transformation of existing structures, OPAFORM adds independent modules to old buildings providing them with new typologies and embodying  high spacial qualities.This installation present three anthropometrically scaled spaces.  Through materiality, spatial properties, and formal expression, the modules engage in a direct dialogue with the historic exhibition space of the Biennale, incorporating the surrounding building envelope into the displayed project.  Visitors can fully engage with the items by entering them, resting body and mind in a safe space within the busy atmosphere of the Biennale.
Make a Space for My Body - 2019-2020
Marina Bauer - Espen Folgero - Nikolina Sogen - Turid Skaden - Ziqian Zhang Tord Oyen - OPAFORM

Espen Folgero and Marina Bauer 

Sperflux's installation, Refuge for Resurgence, is a multi-species banquet set after the end of the world.  Centred around a majestic oak table, the scene lays bare a conversation between the paralysis of fear and the audacity of hope.   Having survived Earth's abrupt shift to an era of precarious climate, a multi-spiecies community gather in the blasted ruins of modernity to find new ways of living together.
Refuge for Resurgence - 2020
Anab Jain - Jon Ardern - Superflux - Sebastian Tiew

BIT.BIO.BOT. installation is a 1:1 scale experiment in the cultivation of the urban microbiome.  It is designed to test a model of permanent co-existence between human and non-human organisms in the post-pandemic urbansphere.  The installation's biotechnological architecture acts as a medium to tackle several urban vulnerabilities.  This is a real urban laboratory.  It combine advanced architecture with microbiology to build an artificial habitat, a dwelling where urban algae can be grown collectively.  Every phase of the project's conception, fabrication, cultivation, and post-Biennale repurposing contributes to the experiment of coexistence.
BIT.BIO.BOT. - A Collective Experiment in Biotechnological Architecture 2021
Marco Poletto - Claudia Pasquero - ecoLogic Studio - above
Synthetic Landscape Lab - Innsbruck University - Urban Morphogenesis Lab - Bartlett UCL


Economic flows, informational networks, transnational organisations, logistical management, transportation infrastructures, capital logic, and consumer culture are predicted on permanent states of continuity.  A flowing reality that engulfs not just objects but also humans in two simultaneous processes:  the movement of migrants and the movement of tourists.  Imagined Households / Intensified References displays four digitally made images and their reflection within four virtual rooms.  The images contain coded references through which identities are constructed and displacements are channeled.
Imagined Households / Intensified References - 2019-2020
Luis Rojo - Begona Fernandez-Shaw - Rojo/Fernandez-Shaw Arquitectos - Franco Gilardi - Luis Moreda

This installation celebrates the interweaving of households and their environments using architectural means.  Reinterpreting the lines of domestic private property which often resists one's notion of households leads to a transformation at the broader, public level, one which allows for the construction of open structures that provide more equitable and dynamic opportunities for change. It presents a spatial fragment focused on transitions and interactions between households that dissolve outside-inside and public-private boundaries, thus reshaping the way people interact and coexist.  The installation presents a dynamic system and uses a tropical fast-growth reforested wood of the Peruvian Amazonia, which is generally discarded in construction practices but commonly used by native artisans who, with usual generosity of ancestral cultures, share the secret of its use.
Interwoven - 2021
Alexia Leon - Lucho Marcial - Leonmarcial Arquitectos

Maison Fibre - the central component of this installation - is a radical model of a material future for architecture.  Developed for the Venice Architectural Biennale, it is the first inhabitable, multi-storey, fibrous structure of its kind, made entirely from glass and carbon fibre composites.  Each building element is individually tailored using a robotic fabrication process, resulting in a distinctive expression while using a minimal amount of material.
Material Culture: Rethinking the Physical Substrate for Living Together - 2021
Achim Menges - Nicolo Dambrosio - Rebeca Duque Estrada - Fabian Kannenberg - Katja Rinderspacher - Christoph Schlopschnat - Christoph Zechmeister - Jan Knippers - Nikolas Fruh - Marta Gil Perez - Riccardo La Magna
Mortiz Dortelmann - FibR GmbH Stuttgart - above

How to Begin Again is an initiation to a new awareness of the possibilities of building sustainable, equitable, and inclusive cities.  This is the course of action in this initiation.  First and foremost, it is important to de-condition oneself from thinking that cities can only thrive through maximising capital accumulation.  People need to practice to better connect with others, learn to cooperate instead of competing, build shared visions, and establish dialogues with the environment.
How to Begin Again: An Initiation Towards Unitary Urbanism - 2021
Lucia Babina - Emiliano Gandolfi - Gabriela Rendon - Miguel Robles-Duran - Cohabitation Strategies

Lucia Babina
Hacking the Resort explores the typology of the all-inclusive resort in designated Special Tourist Zones in Boa Vista Island, Cabo Verde, as microcosms of disparities but also of possibilities.  While they are a testament to the consumption patterns and labour politics of the global economic system, this work looks for slippages and gaps in these staged spaces of leisure and abundance for some, as spaces of confluence, where tourists and the labour forces meet, water in its imaginary and real forms becomes the protagonist presenting an opportunity to fabulate ruptures that will dream more equitable ways of living and being together.
Hacking the Resort Territorialities + Imaginaries - 2021
Patti Anahory - Cesar Schofield cardoso - Storia Na Lugar 

The TUMO Center for Creative Technologies address the architecture of 'walk-away' pedagogy and the future of learning.  It explores physical environments where teenagers belong to a highly inclusive, evolving community of peers learning together while learning to learn, live, and work together.   It features spaces that reflect a radical, new approach to education and its spatial expression across scales - from urban contexts and buildings to interior and furniture, devices and software.  Embedded in the project is a live demonstration of technologies and digital interfaces generating hyper-personalised, dynamically updated learning paths, self-learning content, and hands-on learning labs.
Leraning to Live Together - 2020
Marie Lou Papazian - Pegor Papazian - Tumo Center for Creative Technologies - Bernard Khoury - Winy Maas

Thanks to improvements in sanitation, nutrition, and medicine, most humans may live to the age of 73, doubling the average life expectancy of the last century.   Illness was once less something to die from and more something to live with.  Then came the new coronavirus, seemingly upending all previous assumptions.  In 2021, the chronic conditions related to aging and lifestyle have suddenly become an acute problem.  Pundits, observing the impact of the virus, muse about 'the new normal', but how new is new, and how normal was normal? If living a long life no longer means living a life in good health, this installation asks: What is the role of the healthcare institutions humans have put in place to promote healthy lives, and what will they look like in the future?
Hospital of the Future - 2019-2021
Reinier de Graaf - Hans Larsson - Alex Retegan - Sofia Hosszufalussy - Elisa Versari - Matthew Bovingdon-Downe - Benedetta Gatti - Office for Metropolitan Architecture

Servizio Modificato - Amended Service - 2021
Sandro Sbisa - Sbisa Associati - Nicholas de Monchaux - Kathryn Moll - Modem  - Catalogtree - William Sherman - University of Virginia Venice Program

City of Dust - 2020-2021
Lorien Beijaert - Arna Mackic - Studio L A - Baukje Trenning
photograph - Marco Cappelletti  - during Covid-19 pandemic 2020
Venice has suffered a lot lately - floods, the pressures of mass tourism, the coronavirus.  It has suffered with and for the rest of the world.   This room celebrates the perseverance of this city, the rich historical examples it has set as a space for cohabitation between land and sea, between East and West, among different ethnicities, and between tourists and citizens.  These projects venerate Venice's beautiful fragility, especially in face of climate change, by foregrounding its co-dependency on its broader contexts, with its archipelago, lagoon, and its experiments with old and new technologies.
Carbon to Rock_Venice is an immersive architectural installation.  It's a volcanic, inhabitable space in the Giardini delle Virgini that re-enacts Carbon to Rock _ Patagonia bringing awareness to the problem of global warming.  Carbon to Rock is a small-scale project with global-scale impact that imagines new ways in which architecture can integrate space, material, tectonics, and cutting-edge technologies of CO2 absorption with volcanic rocks, which latest research prove can effectually capture CO2 as new material strategies for design in the age of climate change.
Carbon to Rock: Geology and technology at Work for Design in the Age of Climate Change - 2021
Cristina Parreno Alonso - Sergio Araya Goldberg - Igneous Tectonics - Matej Pec - Pec Lab at MIT
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How Will We Live Together
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 Please Note
The text is edited and taken from the catalogue 
Biennale Architettura 2021
How Will we Live Together
published by
La Biennale di Venezia 








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