Just a few days ago, Archinect's Heather Ring was in Venice, Italy to report live from the Venice Biennale in a series of blog posts.
In case you have missed these or simply couldn't remember where to find them again, worry not, we compiled all of Heather's Venice Field Notes for you with a neat little preview.
It's almost like having been at the Biennale yourself...
Venice Field Notes #1
Hi Archinect, Writing from Venice, getting endlessly lost in the city and feeling quite inspired by this year’s architecture biennale... more
Venice Fields Notes #2: Villa Frankenstein
Je t’adore, The British Pavilion, designed/directed by the art/architecture collective muf, who happen to have their hands in all of London these days, particularly anything involving East London... more
Venice Field Notes 3: Jump at Your Own Risk
Real quick: The Poland Pavilion ... I heard some ankles were broken already! "The activity materializes the need and desire to lose control, to free oneself both physically and metaphorically from the current... more
Venice Field Notes 4: Vacancies
The Netherlands Pavilion (Vacant NL) explores the thousands of buildings in the Netherlands that lie vacant, in a call for the “intelligent reuse of temporarily vacant buildings around the world in promoting creative enterprise.” Their physical... more
Venice #5: Plantcycles and Seedsaws
Serbia's Seesaw Play-grow "extends an invitation to you and us, the timeless seesawers." A lovely little playground ... In the Greek Pavilion's Old Seeds for New Cultures, a land-locked ark is built to showcase the biodiversity of Greece's plant-seeding materials... more
Venice #6: Live Builds
Some wonderful seating elements constructed from simple wood slats dot the Giardini, reminiscent of Enzo Mari's “autoprogettazione.” The chairs have been made by Raumlaborberlin, who have enabled public participation by laying out the "hardware"... more
Venice #7: Croatia stranded at sea
A group of Croatian architecture practices collaboratively designed Brod / The Ship / La Nave: a floating pavilion for Croatia, to be towed across the Adriatic Sea at 10 x 20 x 3 meters, in the form of a welded mesh cage on a barge... more
Venice #8: Nordics @ Work w/
With their slick presentation of completed urban design projects from Sweden, Norway and Finland, the Nordic pavilion took a while to get the picture: this year it's about people and architecture. At the last minute, they brought in Tor Lindstrand... more
Venice #9: USA bootstraps it
Some good old-fashioned bootstrapping as the US pavilion celebrates the "proactive, entrepreneurial spirit of architects, engineers and designers who recognize the transformational potential of focused partnerships." ... more
Venice #10: Street Training
London-based artist Lottie Child led a group of people, mostly children, who live and work around Via Garibaldi in Venice, in a Street Training session for architects and planners. Inverting educational hierarchies, with adult professionals being trained by children... more
Venice #11: 'Hylozoic Ground'
The Canadian Pavilion offers an immersive, interactive installation, an exploration in responsive architecture, a breathing, intricate lattice of living web of tens of thousands of digital sensors, in Philip Beesley's 'Hylozoic Ground.' ... more
Venice #12: Preservation
The Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) pushes forward a powerful manifesto in their two-part installation, Preservation, drawing parallels between "the ambition of the global taskforce of ‘preservation’ to rescue larger and larger territories of the planet ... more
Venice #13: Places to congregate
The Giardini was dotted with interesting spaces to congregate, some more inviting than others. Modern Primitives by Arada/Lasch and Island Planning Corporation, are made of "loosely dispersed mineral furnishings, fabricated in foam with a hard Line-X finish." ... more