This year’s Venice Biennale, to be held from May 28 to November 27th 2016, has been curated by Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena. Under the title “Reporting from the Front” the mission statement of the curator of the 15. Mostra Internazionale di Architettura – La Biennale di Venezia, aims to present a combative and decisive architecture that managed to solve the major challenges the world is facing today.
Venice Architecture Biennale 2016
15th International Architecture Exhibition
May 28 – November 27, 2016
Venice, Giardini – Arsenale, from
In words of Aravena, “The 15th International Architecture Exhibition will be about focusing and learning from architectures that through intelligence, intuition or both of them at the same time, are able to escape the status quo. We would like to present cases that, despite the difficulties, instead of resignation or bitterness, propose and do something. We would like to show that in the permanent debate about the quality of the built environment, there is not only need but also room for action”.
The Prizes for Best Participants in the exhibition and National Entries have also been awarded. The Golden Lion for Best National Participation has been awarded to the Spanish Pavilion, “Unfinished“, curated by Iñaqui Carnicero and Carlos Quintáns.
The jury, composed of Hashim Sarkis (President of the Jury, Lebanon, USA), Pippo Ciorra (Italy), Sergio Fajardo (Colombia), Marisa Moreira Salles (Brazil), Karen Stein (USA), has outstanding the concisely curated selection of emerging architects whose work shows how creativity and commitment can transcend material constraints.
The Spanish Pavilion this year features an exhibition called “Unfinished”, curated by architects Iñaqui Carnicero and Carlos Quintáns. The exhibition consists of nearly 67 proposals and 7 photographic series presenting answers to the problems arising in Spain after the housing boom post crisis. The inherited situation has led to many architectural studies to reflect on the passage of time in architecture and to respond from the serenity and wisdom against the excesses of the past.
The proposal of the Spanish pavilion shows the architects’ response to the economic and construction crisis over the past years in Spain through virtues that can become strategies or creative speculations which are capable to subvert the past condition into a positive contemporary action.
Concepts such as reassignment, adaptability or reappropriation, among others, appear in in the projects selected by the Spanish Pavilion for the exhibition, offering a new vision of how the Spanish architects have reflected and reacted with new strategies.
The exhibition is divided into four areas which deal about the pavilion’s theme:
7 photographic series
55 selected works
12 selected entries from the open competition
11 interviews will fill with graphic and intellectual content the Spanish pavilion
Each area, just as each project, generates synergies among each other while the whole exhibition revolves around the central space which is capable to be transformed in order to accommodate different activities from colloquiums to presentations or projections.
The exhibition has won the Golden Lion for the Best National Participation at the 15 Mostra Internazionale di Architettura – La Biennale di Venezia. The prize was presented by the Prime Minister of Italy Mr. Matteo Renzi, accompanied by the President of La Biennale di Venezia, Mr. Paolo Baratta.
The Spanish pavilion has it’s web version at unfinished.es, where all the contents (both in Spanish and English) are available.
TAKING CARE – DESIGNING FOR THE COMMON GOOD
TAKING CARE is the keynote that TAMassociati (Massimo Lepore, Raul Pantaleo, Simone Sfriso) – appointed by the Minister Dario Franceschini the curatorial team of the Italian Pavilion at the Biennale Architettura 2016 – has chosen in keeping with the theme of Reporting from the Front proposed by Alejandro Aravena to recount an architecture created with communities and capable of sharing needs and aspirations.
“Taking Care”, say the curators, “is an action that arises in the Italian Pavilion at the Biennale Architettura 2016 and then takes root and spreads outside it to generate a new civic awareness”. It is a highly social vision of architecture, but also the root of its being. The theme is divided into three sections, ‘Thinking‘, ‘Meeting‘ and ‘Acting‘, resting on three specific issues involving the common good. It urges visitors to recognize it, when it is found around them, the institutions to promote it, even with limited resources, and designers to embody it in architecture.
With private sponsors and a civic crowdfunding campaign (Taking Care – outer cities in action, the first in Italy dedicated to the outer suburbs: www.periferieinazione.it), the devices will be built and take to the roads to become concrete instruments of preservation and social redemption.
The exhibit design and the catalogue of the Pavilion are notable for the Pop language of an original graphic novel and prominent illustrations, as well as the low-cost policies adopted and the recycling of the materials (including the reuse of wood from the Irish pavilion at Expo 2015) indoors and in the grounds of the Tese delle Vergini.