Dutch Pavilion at Biennale Architettura 2018 “Work, Body, Leisure”

With the title WORK, BODY, LEISURE, the Dutch Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia addresses the spatial configurations, modes of living and notions of the human body engendered by disruptive changes in labor ethos and conditions.

 

Dutch Pavilion WORK, BODY, LEISURE. 16th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, FREESPACE © Daria Scagliola

Dutch Pavilion WORK, BODY, LEISURE. 16th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, FREESPACE © Daria Scagliola

 

Director-General of Culture and Media of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science Barbera Wolfensberger has just opened WORK, BODY, LEISURE, the Dutch Pavilion at la Biennale di Venezia. Barbera Wolfensberger: ‘In line with this collaborative working method, curator Marina Otero Verzier has created a multidisciplinary exhibition for the Dutch Pavilion. This showcases the ambition to not only overcome national boundaries but to operate beyond disciplinary boundaries as well.’ (more…)

Venice Architecture Biennale 2018 “FREESPACE”

This year’s Venice Biennale, to be held from Saturday May 26th to Sunday November 25th 2018, has been curated by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara of Grafton Architects. Under the title “FREESPACE” the mission statement of  the curators of the 16th Mostra Internazionale di Architettura – La Biennale di Venezia, focuses on the question of space, the quality of space, open and free space.

 

Switzerland won the Golden Lion for best national participant, with its exhibition Svizzera 240 House Tour © Wilson Wooton

Switzerland won the Golden Lion for best national participant, with its exhibition Svizzera 240 House Tour © Wilson Wooton

 

The Awards Ceremony of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition took place on Saturday 26th May 2018 at Ca’ Giustinian, Venice. Portugese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura has been awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Architecture Biennale for “Vol De Jour” project exhibited at the Arsenale, while the Swiss Pavilion has been awarded the Best Pavilion as National Participant at the Giardini. (more…)

‘Art of Many and The Right to Space’ the Biennale’s Danish Pavilion exhibition at DAC Copenhagen

With more than 130 architectural models, the exhibition fills DAC from basement to attic, giving visitors a fascinating insight into what makes Danish architecture unique and so popular abroad.

 

'Art of the Many and the Right to Space'  exhibition © Danish Architecture Center

‘Art of the Many and the Right to Space’ exhibition © Danish Architecture Center

 

The Danish Architecture Centre (DAC) will be showing from 7 July to 1 October ‘Art of Many and The Right to Space’, the Danish contribution to the most recent Venice Biennale of Architecture.

The Biennale is the most prestigious architecture event in the world, and countries from around the globe exhibit their own interpretations of a specific theme. While the Biennale attracts international visitors, the exhibition at DAC opens to a Danish audience, who will undoubtedly recognise the libraries, hospitals and childcare centres from their daily lives. The exhibition also provides fresh insights into what makes these buildings special.

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“Making Heimat. Germany, Arrival Country” at DAM Frankfurt

The exhibition, which DAM created and curated for the German Pavilion at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition 2016 – La Biennale di Venezia, will be presented on two floors at DAM, and feature updated and expanded subject matter, as well as documentation and a review of the German Pavilion in Venice.

 

Sri-Kamadchi-Ampal Temple, Hamm in Nordrhein-Westfalen Photo: © Judith Raum, 2010

Sri-Kamadchi-Ampal Temple, Hamm in Nordrhein-Westfalen. Photo: © Judith Raum, 2010

 

The exhibition responds to the fact that in 2015 the German borders were left open for around 900 000 refugees, and prompts reflection about Germany as an open immigration country. (more…)

“Utopia in a Finite World” at the Giardini

The Flanders Architecture Institute organises an interactive programme of lectures, debates and workshops that will take place in various national pavilions at the Biennale Architettura 2016 to reflect on how architecture can redefine the city. The economic climate and the idea of utopia are the main topics in these discussions.

 

Utopia in a Finite World (Interpretation of Magritte's Le château des Pyrénées)

Utopia in a Finite World (Interpretation of Magritte’s Le château des Pyrénées)

 

Christoph Grafe, director of the Flanders Architecture Institute reflects about the topics on display at Utopia in a Finite World: In architecture, Utopian visions became synonymous with large-scale planning, developed by unholy alliances of idealistic planners and opaque bureaucracies, disregarding the needs of real people.[…] New conflicts and resurfacing old ones; a growing inequality; migrations on an unprecedented scale; ecological threats and economic crises; all these phenomena are a reminder that societies need visions beyond maintaining the status quo. […] Utopian visions may have become rare, but they are perhaps more necessary than ever.

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Rotterdam’s International Architecture Biennale 2016 discusses “the next economy”

The 7th edition of the Rotterdam Biennale presents more than 60 projects drawing on possible futures: new housing and working locations, new clean energy systems, new models for area development, and new forms of collaboration, health care, and solidarity.

 

IABR-2016 expo 3 @ photo Hans Tak

IABR-2016 expo 3 © photo Hans Tak

 

IABR-2016, the 7th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam started off on the 23rd of April 2016 with workshops, events, activities and a main exhibition to reflect on this installment’s theme: The next economy.

The heart of IABR–2016–THE NEXT ECONOMY is the former coffee warehouse Fenixloods II, in the Rotterdam neighborhood of Katendrecht. Here, IABR–2016 presents more than 60 projects, partly developed in the IABR–Ateliers, partly collected through an international open call for projects, and partly produced especially for the biennale in collaboration with national and international partners. Together, they show a range of possible futures: new housing and working locations, new clean energy systems, new models for area development, and new forms of collaboration, health care, and solidarity. (more…)

Reporting from the front: 2016 Belgian and Czech+Slovak Pavilions at the Venice Biennale

Craftmanship and scarcity are this year’s themes for the Belgian National Pavilion, curated by BRAVURE – architecten De Vydler Vink Tailleu, Doorzon and Filip Dujardin. On the other hand, the Czech and Slovak Pavilion focuses on the issue of the political load of architectural heritage and its preservation.

 

Filip Dujardin, ‘memorial I’ © Filip Dujardin

 

This year’s Belgian National Pavilion has taken craftmanship and scarcity as main theme for the exhibits. The exhibition’s title is Craft(wo)manship and the city, and has been organized by four important representatives of Belgium architecture: the Flanders Architecture Institute (VAi) and BRAVOURE, a curatorial team made up of Architecten De Vylder Vinck Taillieu, doorzon intereiurarchitecten and photographer Filip Dujardin.

BRAVOURE brings together fragments of thirteen projects by a same number of guest-architects: through a copy of each fragment (scale 1:1) and a serie of images they will show how craftsmanship can shape space, also exploring what craftsmanship can mean during a period of economic scarcity. (more…)

Reporting from the front: 2016 Spanish and Italian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale

This years edition, curated by Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena, focuses on the work of architects that show how creativity and commitment can transcend material constraints. “Taking Care” and “Unfinished” are the Italian and Spanish Pavilions – the latter of which has been awarded with the Golden Lion for Best National Participation.

 

"Unfinished", image of the Spanish Pavilion for the XV Venice Biennale © Fernando Maquieira

“Unfinished”, image of the Spanish Pavilion for the XV Venice Biennale © Fernando Maquieira

 

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. (more…)

Zaha Hadid exhibition at the Palazzo Franchetti, Venice

In celebration of Zaha Hadid’s career in architecture and design that spans four decades, Fondazione Berengo will host an abridged retrospective exhibition of her work at the 16th century Palazzo Franchetti on the Grand Canal, Venice, Italy.

 

The World (89 Degrees), 1983 © Zaha Hadid Architects

The World (89 Degrees), 1983 © Zaha Hadid Architects

 

The exhibition, coinciding with this year’s Venice Architectural Biennale, showcases many of the seminal paintings, drawings and models of Hadid’s repertoire, conveying the ingenuity and dynamism of her architectural projects in a variety of media including photography and film.

Through Hadid’s designs – built, under-construction, in development and unrealised – the exhibition displays the pioneering research and investigation that instigates and defines Zaha Hadid Architects’ work. (more…)

“Modernity: loved, hated or ignored?” at LUCA Luxembourg

The exhibition curated for last years’ Luxembourg Pavilion in the Venice Architecture Biennale puts us on the tracks of five modernist scenarios in this country, as seen through the lens of a fictional detective story.

 

"Modernity: loved, hated or ignored?" © Stéphanie Laruade, Bohumil Kostohryz, Sophie Langevin

“Modernity: loved, hated or ignored?” © Stéphanie Laruade, Bohumil Kostohryz, Sophie Langevin

 

The installation inside the Luxembourg Pavilion at the 14th Architecture Biennale in Venice has now been inaugurated in the LUCA Luxembourg Center for Architecture, where it will be on show during the summer months.

The title of the exhibition – “Modernity: loved, hated or ignored?” perfectly responds to the specific, common topic of “Absorbing Modernity – 1914-2014”, introduced by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, in the context of the Biennale’s yearly theme, which was “Fundamentals”. Each country was invited to study its’ last hundred years of architecture by choosing its’ own accents and defining its’ own original approach to the subject.

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