“Arcipelago Italia” Italian pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale

Five ambitious visions rooted in their specific places and able to reactivate diverse communities: / the result of many-voiced, multidisciplinary and inclusive design process, coordinated by Cucinella and his staff, led by six emerging architecturalfirms in collaboration with local universities and numerous excellent professionals in well versed in the local contexts, expert consultants in architecture, community engagement, culture, art, health, mobility, landscape, earthquake and training.


 “Arcipelago Italia" Italian Pavilion exhibition view © Urban Reports

“Arcipelago Italia” Italian Pavilion exhibition view © Urban Reports


“Arcipelago Italia is a manifesto that points to / possible ways forward for the revival of the interior territories, to restore value and importance to architecture and because the work of the architect must reclaim a role of social responsibility,” says Mario Cucinella, curator of the Italian Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. In introducing Arcipelago Italia, he presents five project proposals that show how architecture can offer an opportunity for rebirth for Italy, becoming a tool for discussion and also an aid to community and local administrators. (more…)

“Public Without Rhetoric” Portuguese pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale

Public Without Rhetoric is the project selected to represent Portugal at the 16th Biennale di Venezia. The curators Nuno Brandão Costa and Sérgio Mah propose a tour of the “Public Building” of Portuguese origin through 12 works created at a time when Western Europe is confronted with its limits and possibilities and as architecture manifests its nonconformist nature in reinforcing its role in political and social intervention.


Arquipélago - Center for Contemporary Arts, São Miguel (Azores) João Mendes Ribeiro and -é+ (Cristina Guedes and Francisco Vieira de Campos) Photo: José Campos

Arquipélago – Center for Contemporary Arts, São Miguel (Azores) João Mendes Ribeiro and -é+ (Cristina Guedes and Francisco Vieira de Campos) Photo: José Campos


Portugal will be represented at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia with a project titled Public Without Rhetoric curated by Nuno Brandão Costa and Sérgio Mah. The project is the result of a public competition promoted by the Portuguese Ministry of Culture, through the Directorate-General for the Arts and it has the support of Foundations and Institutional Partners. (more…)

“Becoming”, Spanish Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale

The curator Atxu Amann and a team of four others have selected, via an open call, 143 proposals that will be shown in the Spanish Pavilionduring the Biennale Architettura 2018, for the first time, Spain will present a virtual pavilion with another 293 proposals. The exhibition reflects the proposals and research that are being developed in learning environments along with the new multidisciplinary nature of architects.


"Becoming" Spanish Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale  © ImagenSubliminal (Miguel de Guzman + Rocio Romero)

“Becoming” Spanish Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale © ImagenSubliminal (Miguel de Guzman + Rocio Romero)


In words of the curator Atxu Amann: “Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara emphasize the concept of generosity, which is important because we have to give space and time to those who are not yet able to build. We have been fortunate: I was already building at the age of 30 and they are young people of 35 and 40 who have never built. On the one hand, this has meant that they have no space for visibility, but on the other hand, it has also caused other readings to be provoked during this time, other architectural themes, other ways of being architects. (…) So, since this is a Spanish public land, we give it to you so that you show what you are doing.” (more…)

‘UNFINISHED’ opens in Berlin – Winner of the last edition of the Venice Biennale

Curated by the architects Iñaqui Carnicero and Carlos Quintans, Unfinished presents a selection of works that shows how creativity and commitment can transcend material limitations. The exhibition UNFINISHED is now open at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin. It’s an adaption of the exhibition held at the Spanish Pavilion during the last Venice Architecture Biennale; winner of the Golden Lion for the best National Pavilion.


© Juan Rodriguez

© Juan Rodriguez


The exhibition is a response to the problematic situation in Spain that arose during the economic crisis after the real estate boom. The situation made many architecture practices reflect and respond with serenity and sensibility to the excesses that had occurred. UNIFINISHED displays a ‘combative architecture’, based on concepts such as resignation, adaptability and re-appropriation, offering a new vision on how Spanish architects have reflected on and related to new strategies. (more…)

Look! Look! Look! pavilion by Studio Morison at Berrington Hall

Inspired by the decadent social lives of the Georgians, Heather and Ivan Morison have brought to life the first stage of this plan with their contemporary creation, ‘Look! Look! Look!’, which now features in the garden.


Look! Look! Look! / Studio Morison © Ivan Morison

Look! Look! Look! / Studio Morison © Ivan Morison


It is a project supported and partially funded by Trust New Art and the Arts Council England. Its form is inspired by the story of pineapples being imported and eaten during the eighteenth century as a statement of wealth and we’ve found evidence of them being grown in the garden at Berrington. The Georgians were also fond of popping up temporary pavilions made from wood and canvas or material for shelter whilst, entertaining, dining, reading or even for illicit meetings. (more…)

“Jardin Essentiel: Distilling nature into Nature” in Brussels

Initiated by Brussels Environment in 2006, Parckdesign is a unique biennial event enhancing social and environmental awareness and citizen participation to create new green spaces in the city.


PIOVENEFABI, Day view of the Pavilions at Park Duden © PIOVENEFABI

PIOVENEFABI, Day view of the Pavilions at Park Duden © PIOVENEFABI


Jardin Essentiel (Essential Garden) is the title of the 2016 edition, which will open on July 14th, 2016 at Duden Park. Located in the municipality of Forest in Brussels, this 19th century monumental park will play as the epicentre for a wide range of activities involving residents and neighbours, social and cultural associations. Additional satellite events will take place in other parks of the city (Elisa- beth Park, Carré Tillens and Neerpede, Tour- nay-Solvay Park). (more…)

“Arch and Art” Pavilions at XXI Triennale Milano

‘Arch and Art’ is a cultural project of Assolombarda Confindustria Milano Monza e Brianza organised, coordinated by Domus and produced in collaboration with the Milan Triennale. Five architects and five artists have been united in pairs and invited to design five architectural pavilions.


Arch and Arts pavilions © Giovanni Nardi e Andrea Martiradonna

Arch and Arts pavilions © Giovanni Nardi e Andrea Martiradonna


Text by Domus. Arch and Art aims to document the transversal link that unites a work of architecture and a work of art, and vice versa. Architecture and art have always both contributed to shaping and creating the places and spaces in which humans go about their lives. In our recent past, however, these two disciplines have been separated by an increasing distance. Swaying between autonomy and infringements of their domains, they have in fact abandoned working side by side, ceasing to offer us those magnificent masterpieces that we were used to seeing them produce in the past. These considerations have fuelled the desire to do something tangible today that can reunite art and architecture after their long estrangement.


“Circular Pavilion” building with recycled materials in Paris

Pavillon de l’Arsenal has built its circular – but not round – pavilion for COP21: an ephemeral building built with reused and recycled materials. Especially for COP21, the ephemeral architecture of the circular pavilion in Place de l’Hôtel de Ville in Paris demonstrates how to save resources.


 “Circular Pavilion”, Encore Heureux architect cooperative © Encore Heureux / Pavillon de l’Arsenal

“Circular Pavilion”, Encore Heureux architect cooperative © Encore Heureux / Pavillon de l’Arsenal


As from the 24th of October and for three months, as part of the COP21, the Pavillon de l’Arsenal will display on the Town Hall esplanade the “Circular Pavilion”, experimental architecture built in Paris with reused materials (wooden doors recovered from an apartment building, used wooden exhibition panels, second hand insulating board, discarded furniture, obsolete street lights,…). (more…)

Almada Theatre Festival, celebrating theatre and architecture in Lisbon

Within the framework of the 32nd edition of the Almada Theatre Festival, Lisbon will be host to a series of events dedicated to the relationship between theater and architecture through the initiative “Giving place to the happening” with the participation of Luis Amalia Rodrigues Carnero, Tim Simon and João Quintela, among others.


Povera Pavilion by Tim Simon and João Quintela

Povera Pavilion by Tim Simon and João Quintela © Diana Quintela


This year marks the 10th anniversary of the inauguration of the Joaquim Benite Municipal Theatre in Lisbon, designed by the architects Manuel Graça Dias and Egas José Vieira . To mark the date, the Almada Festival created a cycle dedicated to the relationship between theater and architecture .

The highlight of this initiative will be the Povera Pavilion , designed by architects João Quintela and Tim Simon, who are also curators of the other activities programmed. In between theater performances, workshops, exhibitions, educational service initiatives, conferences and debates, it will still be possible to make a tour to the ” Blue Theatre “, guided by Manuel Graça Dias,  who will explain some of the stories that are at the origin of the architectural decisions for the project. (more…)

Between the nothing and the infinite: VERTIGO pavilion by João Quintela and Tim Simon

Read a critical review from the spanish architect Alberto Campo Baeza of their new pavilion VERTIGO, following the success of their previous KAIROS Pavilion at the Lisbon Architecture Triennale.


Vertigo Pavilion © Diana Quintela

Vertigo Pavilion © Diana Quintela


“At the end the reality coincides with the absolute abstraction and so it closes the circle between the nothing and the infinite”

– John Wheeler –


Once again a project built by João Quintela and Tim Simon. Two young architects, a Portuguese and a German who, during this long time of crisis, have decided that instead of uselessly complaining, to “take the bull by the horns”. They design and build wonderful pieces of architecture that are able to be self-constructed and still not lose their great spatial qualities. Instead of just waiting for a commission, they create it. Admirable the process and admirable the result.