“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…)

“RCR. Dream and Nature Catalonia in Venice” at the 2018 Venice Biennale

The project reveals an unknown side to Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta: their most intimate world. All three architects have created a space in which to investigate and rethink humanity’s relationship with the world that can be found in La Vila, in the Bianya valley (Girona), and their project for the Venice Biennale revolves around this.

 

"RCR. Dream and Nature Catalonia in Venice" © Giuseppe Dall'Arche

“RCR. Dream and Nature Catalonia in Venice” © Giuseppe Dall’Arche

 

At the presentation of the project to the press, the director of the institute Ramon Llull, Manuel Forcano, pointed out the unusual fact that what is exhibited “is not a finished project, but a work in progress, an idea under construction, ideas to work on, and I like this because it gives it an air of volatility, something open.” Forcano described the Catalan pavilion as a “poem” for its “introspection, intimacy and depth”. (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…)