Monday, June 04, 2018

Arsenale: Corderie + Artigliere: Freespace –16th International Biennale Architecture – 2018

Venice – Arsenale: The 16th International Architecture Biennale Exhibition
The divide between architecture and civil society, caused by the latter's increasing difficulty in expressing its own needs and finding appropriate answers, has led to dramatic urban developments whose main feature is the marked absence of public spaces, or the growth of other areas dominated by indifference in the suburbs and peripheries of our cities. The absence of architecture makes the world poorer and diminishes the level of public welfare, otherwise reached by economic and demographic developments. To rediscover architecture means to renew a strong desire for the quality of the spaces where we live, which are a form of public wealth that needs to be constantly protected, renovated and created.”
Paolo Baratta
At the Arsenale the president of the Biennale di Venezia, Paolo Baratta declares the 16 International Biennale Architecture, 2018, with the title Freespace and curated by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara open, until November 25.

The 16th International Architecture Biennale Exhibition
We chose the theme of Freespace, because we believed in the cultural component within architecture that is beyond the brief, beyond the need. We asked architects around the world to try to represent that, to be understood, and to challenge people to find the free space within their work and projects.
Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara

Yvonne Farrell, Paolo Baratta and Shelley McNamara

The Arsenale: Corderie + Artigliere

For us, the building itself can be considered as an active participant in this Exhibition. The totality of the heroic structure and space is
revealed as an act of celebration of its uniqueness as a
space in Venice. The 317m-long central aisle of the Corderie once a place of work is now imagined as a place of social exchange and conversation. In the first room, we project drawings of the building onto the walls, showing the scale and the DNA of the building, both above and belowground.” 

The Arsenale: Corderie + Artigliere
“Markings on the floor along the central aisle of the Corderie give a sense of measure and dimension in both metric and historic Venetian feet. Animated words from the Freespace Manifesto are projected onto the ceiling, as if reflected on water. Bathed in the ethereal Venetian light of the Corderie and the Artigliere, and outside too, you will find sixty-five participants, invited to exhibit their response to a component of the Manifesto. Each has emphasized an aspect of their work, such as, culture, materiality, space for opportunity, movement, time, memory and Nature's gifts. As a visitor, you are invited to consider, discuss, examine and engage with these exhibits.”

Diller Scofidio + Renfo – New York USA
The Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center –
“Cities can’t stand still. Through the High Line I’ve come to terms with the notion that one steps into a city at some point in the death, decay and rebirth cycle.”
Elizabeth Diller

 Case Design – Mumbai India
A School in the Making
“We believe that objects and spaces deeply impact our relationship with the world around us and seek to create moments of quality inspired by observations from our daily lives.”
Anne Geenen, Samuel Barclay 

Case Design – Mumbai India
A School in the Making

 Tesuka Architects – Tokyo Japan
Fuji Kindergarten
Architecture is not making something against nature, we don’t need to protect ourselves from it. So we try to find a way to appreciate nature. We try to bring nature into the room.” 
Takaharu Tezuka
from an interview on Designboom

Alison Brooks Architects – London UK
Authorship. This is part of the transformation of architecture as a discipline. You no longer have to adhere to a movement that has a name, you can have your own voice.”
Alison Brooks

Jensen and Skodvin Arkitekter AS – Oslo Norway
Protective Roof Over Moya Spring Water Source
We are guests of nature and it seemed like a good idea that buildings can be transported without leaving scars.
Jan olav Jensen

Shane de Blacam and Meagher Architects
Dublin Ireland Ibiza Spain
Freespace Circle

Achieving quality and simplicity through the use of beautiful, natural materials.”

Rozana Montiel Estudio de Arquitectura - Mexico City Mexico
Stand Ground
“I consider myself mostly a researcher and an artist at heart, and many of the projects I have sought out have an element of art design in them.”
 Rozana Montiel
from an interview on Whyttmagaine

Skalso Arkiteker
 Joel Phersson, Erik Gardell, Lisa Ekstrom, Mats Hakanssin, Axel Wolgers
Visby Stockholm Sweden
”We were inspired by the bunkers along the Normandy coast, which seem to rise up out of the ground just as the sea erodes the land around them.”
Erik Gardell
from an interview on Wallpaper 2016

Axel Wolgers
of Skalso Arkiteker

 John Wardle Architects
John Wardle, Stefan Mee, Meaghan Dwyer, Bill Krotiris, Jane Williams
Melbourne Australia
Somewhere Other
John Wardle Architects
Somewhere Other
Our works evoke themes and stories but the ideas we pursue do not succumb to literal translations into architecture, but are transformed by the sublime and ridiculous aspects of a design practice into the architectural realm. We see this transformation as exaggeration.”

 John Wardle Architects
John Wardle, Stefan Mee, Meaghan Dwyer, Bill Krotiris, Jane Williams
Melbourne Australia
Somewhere Other

John Wardle

 Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa/Sanna – Tokyo Japan

 “Our work is coherent, consistent, always doing the same thing. How to create a relation between the inside and outside, this is very important for us to think about. And also proportion. I mean not ‘good proportion’ but the size and if it fits into that area.” 

 Riccardo Blumer – Casciago-Varese Italy
Sette Architetture Automatiche e Altri Esercizi
- special section – the practice of teaching –

Valerio Olgiati – Flims Switzerland
Experience of Space
- special section – the practice of teaching –

 Dorte Mandrup A/S - Copenhagen Denmark
Conditions Icefiord Centre, Ilulissat, Greenland
Conditions - Ultima Thule
Henrik Saxgren
– photography

We are a team of die-hard overachievers. Striving towards the ultimate synthesis, we combine our firm grasp on reality with a knack for dreaming out loud – delivering the know-how to solidify ideas.”
Dorte Mandrup

All “quotes” courtesy – The Bag - Biennale Architettura Guide


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