Archinect - News 2017-08-18T23:44:36-04:00 The 2018 Venice Biennale Theme Announced Today: ‘Freespace’ Will Examine Architecture’s Essential Humanism, Beauty and Generosity Joanna Kloppenburg 2017-06-07T17:20:00-04:00 >2017-06-23T21:16:04-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="530" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Today in Venice, the President of La Biennale di Venezia, Paolo Baratta, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">curators</a> Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">announced</a> the theme of the 2018 Architecture Biennale. Entitled &ldquo;Freespace&rdquo;, next year&rsquo;s exhibition will present &ldquo;a generosity of spirit and a sense of humanity at the core of architecture's agenda, focusing on the quality of space itself.&rdquo;<br>&nbsp;<br>Back in January, when the curators were announced, Baratta remarked of 2018&rsquo;s curatorial agenda:<br>&nbsp;<br>&ldquo;The Exhibition curated by Alejandro Aravena offered visitors a critical overview of the worldwide evolution of architecture and underlined how important it is that a qualified demand on the part of individuals and communities be met by an equally effective response, thereby confirming that architecture is one of civil society&rsquo;s instruments for organizing the space in which it lives and works.<br>&nbsp;<br>Along these lines, Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara will continue to address the same theme but from the point of view of the quality of ...</p> Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara to curate 2018 Venice Biennale Justine Testado 2017-01-17T13:31:00-05:00 >2017-01-19T19:41:39-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="813" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Board of the Venice Architecture Biennale appointed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grafton Architects</a> co-founders&nbsp;Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara yesterday as the curators of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition, which will take place May 26 to November 25 in 2018.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>UTEC campus in Lima, designed by Grafton Architects.</em></p><p>The Venice Biennale is familiar ground to Farrell and McNamara, who participated in the Biennale in 2002 and won the Silver Lion in 2012, where they presented their project for the UTEC campus in Lima &mdash; the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">winner of the inaugural RIBA International Prize</a>. Grafton Architects was represented at the 2016 Biennale under the title, &ldquo;The Physics of Culture&rdquo;.</p><p>Farrell and McNamara will continue to address similar humanitarian themes set forth in Alejandro Aravena's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;Reporting from the Front&rdquo;</a> last year.&nbsp;President Paolo Baratta, chair of the Board of the Venice Biennale, released the following statement on their appointment:</p><p>&ldquo;The Exhibition curated by Alejandro Aravena offered visitors a critica...</p> The Venice Biennale closes on Sunday. What stood out this year? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-11-23T11:34:00-05:00 >2016-11-27T20:47:21-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="560" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Planning your last-minute trip to Venice for the final days of the Architecture Biennale? Or would you prefer a redux, virtual version of the mega-event's best parts? Here's your CliffsNotes version of Alejandro Aravena's Biennale, from the comfort of your own screen:</p><p>First off, Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena (also the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">winner of the 2016 Pritzker</a>) was <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">selected to direct the Biennale</a>&nbsp;in 2015, with hopes&nbsp;to exhibit &ldquo;success stories worth to be told and exemplary cases worth to be shared where architecture did, is and will make a difference in those battles and frontiers". He later fleshed out the theme a bit under the title <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Reporting from the Front"</a>, which many participants latched on to by addressing the Syrian refugee crisis, housing shortages, post-industrial cities, climate change and displacement.</p><p><img alt="" src=""><em>Opening room at the Corderie dell'Arsenale. Photo by Andrea Avezz&ugrave;, courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia&nbsp;</em>&uarr;</p><p>Before installation was even complete, we spoke with a selection of national ...</p> Stepping Back: last week's news from Snøhetta, the Venice Biennale, and refugee camps on Archinect Sessions #68 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-06-16T15:50:00-04:00 >2016-06-20T13:10:01-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week, we&rsquo;re taking a moment to catch-up with what&rsquo;s happened on Archinect lately, and share some endorsements&mdash;we discuss our latest interview with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sn&oslash;hetta</a>, our <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ongoing coverage of the Venice Biennale</a>, student work on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">refugee camps</a>, and more.</p><p>Next week, in light of the shooting death of 49 people at a gay club in Orlando, we plan to discuss the significance of accessible queer spaces, for all members of a city community.</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;episode 68 of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, "Stepping Back":</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Podcast App (iOS)</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="pcast://" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>: subscribe with any of your favorite podcasting apps via our RSS feed:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></li><li><strong>Download</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode</a></li></ul><p></p><p><strong>SHOWNOTES:</strong></p><p>Ken's endorsement:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One student's solution to the permanent limbo of refugee camps</a></p><p>Amelia's endorsements:&nbsp;</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Make room, make room: Aravena's Venice Biennale juggles incl...</a></li></ul> Siza celebrates with everyone Orhan Ayyüce 2016-06-14T15:16:00-04:00 >2016-06-17T23:45:48-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="459" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>"Two blocks inland on the narrow island is Campo di Marte. Here, back in 1985 architecture history was written, not that many people remember this today: Because it was here that in 1983 &Aacute;lvaro Siza and Aldo Rossi first teamed up on a construction project. Both had exhibited work in 1976 at the Venice -Biennale, in fact in halls directly adjacent to each other: While Rossi (together with Bruno Reichlin, Fabio Reinhart and others) presented collages of the Analog City, Siza brought along some of his subsidized housing projects in Portugal at the time. We can surmise that it was this presentation that led in 1983 to his being invited by the Venetian housing construction association to enter the competition to redesign the Campo di Marte. Just how distinguished the competition was can be seen today from the roster of names of the architects invited to take part: Alongside Siza and Rossi, they included Rafael Moneo, Mario Botta, Boris Podrecca and Aldo van Eyck. " -&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">STYLEPARK</a></p> Dispatch from the Venice Biennale: a healthy dose of dissent from Detroit Resists, The Architecture Lobby and more Andrea Dietz 2016-06-06T18:14:00-04:00 >2016-06-10T05:16:09-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The criticisms generated by productions as significant as the Venice Biennale reveal just as much&mdash;if not more&mdash;about the central ecology of the event as its official material.&nbsp;Evidenced by the gradient of oppositions representing the national pavilions (and even a handful of Aravena&rsquo;s curated projects), the inclusive nature of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;Reporting from the Front&rdquo;</a> agenda manages, intentionally or not, to filter in detractors and cultivate an atmosphere of issue-airing.</p><p>The assembly of sometimes wildly disparate perspectives and approaches that comprise this year&rsquo;s Biennale sets up the conditions for the calling out and, hopefully, working through of the architecture discipline&rsquo;s contemporary conflicts and quandaries. Several counter movements worked their way into the exhibition&mdash;stirrings, perhaps, that are indicative of interests to which the Arsenale and Giardini will give form or ground (again) next time.</p><p>At the outset, Alejandro Aravena&rsquo;s opening panel, &ldquo;Meetings on Architecture: Infrastr...</p> Dispatch from the Venice Biennale: IKEA meets Super Realism, Nostalgia and Nationalism, British Pavilion and Russian Pavilion Ed Frith 2016-06-04T16:39:00-04:00 >2016-06-08T01:14:15-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="690" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The 2016 Venice Biennale</a> challenged, through its theme, architects to engage with the pressing concerns of the world, issues that affect the majority of the world population, whether it is safety and security, the quality and quantity of housing or the cost and scarcity of materials. It raises the question of what is architecture and what impact can it have and what is the role of the architect, the news on the British and Russian Pavilions is that they have very different takes on that position.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The British Pavilion</a> is slick and sophisticated, with finely crafted elements and objects. One enters a strange world of Super-Realist <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">IKEA</a>. It is a serious work, no Monty Python humour here, which was enjoyable with the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2014 installation</a>. It takes the future question of housing and living through five time frames, with installations by different designers, from minutes to years, looking at shared living, &lsquo;shell&rsquo; housing, and re-functioning. A projection of future living, asking some fundame...</p> Reporting from the Front of 'Reporting from the Front': mulling over Aravena's Biennale, ft. special guest Andrea Dietz on Archinect Sessions #66 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-06-02T15:49:00-04:00 >2016-06-08T01:14:18-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Andrea Dietz spent four days in Venice reporting on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Biennale</a>'s opening for us, and brought back her reflections on the hallowed event&mdash;in all its chaotic, problematic, inspiring, messy glory&mdash;to discuss with us on the podcast. Amidst the fray, one thing came out clearly: the map is not the territory.</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;episode 66 of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, Reporting from the Front of 'Reporting from the Front':</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Podcast App (iOS)</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="pcast://" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>: subscribe with any of your favorite podcasting apps via our RSS feed:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></li><li><strong>Download</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode</a></li></ul><p></p><p><strong>Shownotes:</strong></p><p>Andrea's missives from Venice:</p><ul><li><a title="Dispatch from the Venice Biennale: rewarding obscurity" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dispatch from the Venice Biennale: rewarding obscurity</a></li><li><a title="Dispatch from the Venice Biennale: a couple of things that don&rsquo;t quite fit" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dispatch from the Venice Biennale: a couple of things that don&rsquo;t quite fit</a></li><li><a title="Dispatch from the Venice Biennale: Uruguay's underground, Germany's construction site, Britain's housekeeping and more from the national pavilions " href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dispatch from the Venice Biennale: Uruguay's underground, Germany's construction site, Brita...</a></li></ul> Dispatch from the Venice Biennale: Glimmers of hope ‘beyond the banal and self-harming’ Laura Amaya 2016-06-01T17:14:00-04:00 >2016-06-14T03:27:12-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="490" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Reporting from the Front seeks to also explore which forces&mdash;political, institutional or other&mdash;drive the architecture that goes &ldquo;beyond the banal and self-harming&rdquo;. The 2016 Venice Biennale calls for entries that not only exist in and of themselves, but that are a part of a larger social transformation. As Alejandro Aravena suggests, &ldquo;improving the quality of the built environment is an endeavor that has to tackle many fronts: from guaranteeing very concrete, down-to-earth living standards [&hellip;] to expanding the frontiers of civilization.&rdquo; Pavilions that go down this path exhibit very specific examples of how architecture expands its frontiers.</p><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ireland Pavilion</a>&rsquo;s installation, Losing Myself, explores the different layers of a building as experienced by people suffering from dementia. Co-curator Niall McLaughlin contextualizes the experience of this condition: &ldquo;when you have dementia you lose the capacity to remember, to find yourself&hellip; a little bit like what happens in Venice after w...</p> Dispatch from the Venice Biennale: Brazilian togetherness, Chinese traditions and Australian lidos Ed Frith 2016-06-01T14:58:00-04:00 >2016-06-03T00:58:31-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="476" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This year's Biennale has tried to raise fundamental issues around the role of the architect through social and economic issues. Challenges of social inequality, housing, urbanisation, are found across the world but perhaps they are nowhere more apparent than in the cities of Brazil.</p><p>The Curator of the Brazilian Pavilion, Washington Fajardo&mdash;architect, planner, government and advisor to the Rio de Janeiro Mayor&mdash;aimed to "present the stories of people who struggle for and effect change in the face of institutional passivity in the nation's big cities." These are often platitudes but in the Brazilian show there is a depth and reality that may not be at first apparent, it is a serious show dealing with serious issues. Through the title, "Juntos [Together]",&nbsp;the pavilion exhibits a number of projects across Brazil. One example being <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Programme Vivenda</a>, a government supported program in S&atilde;o Paulo that brought about small changes through a DIY support program for favelas. At the same time, th...</p> The worst thing about the Venice Biennale? Its critics, argues Phineas Harper Justine Testado 2016-06-01T14:18:00-04:00 >2016-06-03T01:05:48-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="560" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This biennale was not perfect. None are. And frankly I wonder whether Venice can ever be a fit venue for a serious interrogation of issues more profound than the Campari or Aperol conundrum. The vernissage is, at heart, a schmoozey, boozey networking knees-up in which the architectural great and good cheek-kiss their way down Via Garibaldi occasionally glancing in a pavilion. Arevena knew this all too well when he set out to give the festival some bite.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Architecture Foundation Deputy Director/Turncoats founder&nbsp;Phineas Harper&nbsp;gives his two cents on critics' self-righteous reactions to the Venice Biennale.</p><p>Find more Archinect coverage on the 2016 Venice Biennale in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">News</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Features</a>.</p> Dispatch from the Venice Biennale: rewarding obscurity Andrea Dietz 2016-05-31T17:22:00-04:00 >2016-06-03T00:58:13-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="435" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Much will be published over the coming days about the Biennale's national pavilion winners&mdash;Spain&rsquo;s &ldquo;Unfinished&rdquo; (with the Golden Lion) and Japan&rsquo;s &ldquo;en: Art of Nexus&rdquo; and Peru&rsquo;s &ldquo;Our Amazon Frontline&rdquo; (with special mentions). It is a phenomenon that conceals the terrain, limiting the perspective of the majority, and inaccurately reduces the dynamism of the lived experience. At the same time, after the fascination with the nominations wears off, it garners those passed over with a certain mystique. In the interest of representation and curiosity, then, it seems fitting to acknowledge a (very) small sampling of the more and wider.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Oh, Canada. This year, per curator Pierre B&eacute;langer, the Canadians overcame &ldquo;a list of every possible bureaucratic, logistical, and material blockade imaginable multiplied times three&rdquo; in order to participate in the Biennale. With their permanent pavilion closed for construction and an agitator&rsquo;s stance, the &ldquo;Extraction&rdquo; team&rsquo;s contribution is all fight. They t...</p> Dispatch from the Venice Biennale: Mediterranean connections through the crisis Laura Amaya 2016-05-31T09:36:00-04:00 >2016-06-02T23:41:44-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="481" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alejandro Aravena&rsquo;s brief</a> for the Fifteenth International Architecture Exhibition at the 2016 Venice Biennale calls for projects that &ldquo;are scrutinizing the horizon looking for new fields of action, facing issues like segregation, inequalities, peripheries, access to sanitation, natural disasters, housing shortage, migration, informality, crime, traffic, waste, pollution and the participation of communities.&rdquo; Some curators have taken a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">belligerent approach</a>, while others have used it to connect places that are geographically separated by culturally linked.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Darzan&agrave;</a>, the Turkey Pavilion on the second floor of the Arsenale Sale d&rsquo;Armi, displays a single object: a vessel. Its name, Ba&#351;tarda, references the hybrid ships characteristic of Turkey and Italy from the eleventh to the nineteenth century. They are ships with no clear origin, the illegitimate children of assembled parts of undefined origin. &ldquo;We want to change the negative connotation of the word,&rdquo; declares Mehmet K&uuml;t&uuml;k&ccedil;&uuml;o&#287;lu, one o...</p> Dispatch from the Venice Biennale: a couple of things that don’t quite fit Andrea Dietz 2016-05-30T19:04:00-04:00 >2016-06-03T00:16:33-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>Decided at Dinner (When Digestion Begins)</strong></p><p>The theme of this year&rsquo;s Nordic Countries&rsquo; Pavilion, &ldquo;In Therapy: Nordic Countries Face to Face,&rdquo; captures a quality underpinning this year&rsquo;s Biennale positioning and consistent across its many contributions. Finland, Norway, and Sweden, by pulling back their facades of model nationhood and revealing their inner turmoil in an architectural play on psychoanalysis, have set-up an apt analogy for an impression that builds up throughout the Biennale experience. Their stepped pyramid installation, a metaphor for Abraham Maslow&rsquo;s <em>Hierarchy of Needs</em>, aligns architectural projects with the hurdles to mental health and well-being &ndash; and establishes an association that puts the rest of the Biennale on the couch, as well.</p><p>Aravena invited the sharing and the world obliged &ndash; with all of its issues, in a prolific expression of words and multi-media translations.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>A Little Bit of Context</strong></p><p>One of the Biennale&rsquo;s three Special Projects, &ldquo;A World of Fragile Parts,&rdquo; t...</p> Dispatch from the Venice Biennale: Unfinished processes and unseen industries Laura Amaya 2016-05-30T18:20:00-04:00 >2016-06-02T23:55:56-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="426" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The lady on the ladder chosen as the image for the 2016 Biennale Architettura sees, amidst &ldquo;great disappointments[,] creativity and hope,&rdquo; states Paolo Baratta, president of the Venice Biennale. &ldquo;[S]he sees them in the here-and-now, not in some uncertain aspirational, ideological future.&rdquo; Several pavilions choose this approach to portray &ldquo;trends going [&hellip;] towards renewal&rdquo;; encouraging instances of the how profession addresses the challenges outlined by Aravena.</p><p>This year&rsquo;s recipient of the Golden Lion for Best National Participation, Spain&rsquo;s Unfinished, showcases 55 different projects that have reimagined the &ldquo;unfinished remains of [&hellip;] the largest construction enterprise in Spanish history,&rdquo; as described by co-curator <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">I&ntilde;aqui Carnicero</a>. The Pavilion, located at the entrance of the Giardini, feels open and easy to navigate. The language of the unfinished comes out in every detail. Suspended metal stud frames make of the main room a playful sequence to the exhibition. Additional project...</p> Reviewing from the periphery to the heart of the Venice Biennale; from the Nigerian to the Nordic Ed Frith 2016-05-30T06:41:00-04:00 >2016-06-02T23:24:47-04:00 <img src="" width="611" height="594" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&lsquo;Reporting from the Front&rsquo;, the theme of the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale, provokes and stimulates, and with the extensive intensity of the exhibition a useful approach to review and reflect is to move from the periphery, to the heart of the Biennale and back again; in this case stumbling upon Nigeria&rsquo;s Pavilion on Giudecca island, then to the heart of the Giardini and the Nordic Countries Pavilion.</p><p>The Biennale is a phenomenon: it stimulates, it exhausts, and it is addictive. The diversity of architectural production, local and global, expands inside the viewers&rsquo; veins and synapses. The backdrop to the Biennale, Venice, is a sublime, architectural drug on its own. Italo Calvino in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&lsquo;Invisible Cities&rsquo;</a>&nbsp;describes the city beautifully, as multiple cities in one. The Architecture Biennale, is a microcosm of a city within a city, where the new and old connect. In 2014 Koolhaas&rsquo;s,&nbsp;&lsquo;Fundamentals&rsquo;, the fourteenth Biennale, was expanded with a longer period and an intensification of the t...</p> Dispatch from the Venice Biennale: 'Cool' kids and guerrilla interventions Laura Amaya 2016-05-27T18:05:00-04:00 >2016-06-03T00:21:01-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="481" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The general atmosphere at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale, <em>Reporting from the Front</em>, is one of excitement, of subversion. The Fifteenth edition of the Biennale explicitly calls for instances where architecture is an &ldquo;instrument of self-government, of humanist civilization, and a demonstration of the ability of humans to become masters of their own destinies.&rdquo; In that spirit, the usual suspects of a Biennale move to the sidelines, giving way to those working on the ground to prove that architecture can make a difference.</p><p><em>Cool Capital</em>, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">South Africa Pavilion</a> at the Arsenale, brings Pretoria to the limelight by challenging the historical interaction between citizens and public space. &ldquo;Pretoria has a huge political baggage and negative connotation&rdquo;<em>, </em>curator Pieter Mathews explains, adding that &ldquo;guerrilla interventions want to look at the city with new eyes; take whatever is good from the past and use it.&rdquo; The Pavilion features selected works from the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cool Capital platform</a>&mdash;the fi...</p> Overwhelmed by Venice Biennale events? Try these suggestions for starters Justine Testado 2016-05-27T15:47:00-04:00 >2016-06-10T05:16:09-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="459" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Without a doubt, there will be plenty to see in and around the Venice Biennale. Planning on attending and not so sure where to start? For the next few months, Bustler will share our recommendations of national exhibition pavilions and related events that you shouldn't miss. Have a look at our first list that you can use as a starting point for your visit(s). Happy Biennale-ing!</p></em><br /><br /><p>Don't miss out on an exhibition featuring Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, a nearby Zaha Hadid retrospective, and the national pavilions from Great Britain, the Republic of Korea, The Philippines, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">more</a>.</p><p>You can also keep track of Archinect's ongoing Venice Biennale coverage in&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Features</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">News</a>.</p> Dispatch from the Venice Biennale: Uruguay's underground, Germany's construction site, Britain's housekeeping and more from the national pavilions Andrea Dietz 2016-05-27T13:40:00-04:00 >2016-06-03T00:45:12-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="435" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em>May 26, 2016</em></p><p>Aravena&rsquo;s Biennale for architecture to give a damn might imply a specific kind of project, but, after one day on the ground, it is clear that there is no one way for it to respond. For one thing, there is a truly incomprehensible quantity of material to cover. The volume alone speaks to the complex of energy and passion coming worldwide from the discipline. After an incomplete first pass around the Giardini and a tactical visit to the Arsenale, Venice&rsquo;s two main Biennale sites, I am struck by the inconsistency and individuality across and within these many contributions. Noteworthy trends may, at some point, emerge from the crowd, but, for now, I can list a few, non-representative soundbites only:</p><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">US Pavilion, &ldquo;The Architectural Imagination,&rdquo;</a> gives us architecture as we have come to expect it. Through twelve proposals for four Detroit sites, it posits the speculative as the instrument of societal uplift, offering up wild thinking as the means of igniting change. It do...</p> Dispatch from the Venice Biennale: a call for architects to give a damn Andrea Dietz 2016-05-26T19:05:00-04:00 >2016-05-30T00:47:42-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="435" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em>May 25, 2016:</em></p><p>At <em>La Biennale Architettura di Venezia</em>, architecture packages itself for a global forum. It is a distinct occasion through which the world&rsquo;s constructs and place-makings converge in a single microcosm. Against the backdrop of a sinking city, designers and works tapped to represent national architectural accomplishment invoke a comparative sizing-up. In displays, with ceremony, at a flurry of events and celebrations, architecture gets to sift through its disciplinary priorities. This gathering of architectural seeing and being seen is significant for the scene it projects into the expanded field.</p><p>This year, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>15</em><em>th</em><em> International Architecture Exhibition</em></a>, the tone to the official introductory texts suggests a dissatisfaction with past performances. Paolo Barrata, Biennale President, announces the 2016 show with an identification of tendency in those previous years to &ldquo;deplore the present&rdquo; as &ldquo;characterized by increasing disconnection between architecture and civil society....</p> Impromptu Zaha Hadid retrospective planned for Venice Biennale Nicholas Korody 2016-05-10T15:03:00-04:00 >2016-05-19T22:04:10-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>An impromptu retrospective of the work of the Iraqi-born British architect Zaha Hadid will open in Venice this month during the city&rsquo;s Architecture Biennale. It will be the first Hadid exhibition since her death on March 31 at age 65. The 10-room exhibition, which will run from May 26 to Nov. 27 at the Palazzo Franchetti, is financed by the Fondazione Berengo, a Venetian foundation that promotes the art of glass making. The show will offer an overview of 35 years of Ms. Hadid&rsquo;s career...</p></em><br /><br /><p>The architecture community remains in mourning since the passing of Dame Hadid. Here's some recent coverage since her untimely death last month:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid Architects to continue under Patrik Schumacher's leadership</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ZHA after Zaha: Patrik Schumacher on Zaha and what's next for the firm, on Archinect Sessions #61</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">There is No There There &ndash; LA the Industrial City and remembering Zaha on Archinect Sessions #60, ft. special guest Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;We just loved her&rdquo;: Frank Gehry remembers Zaha Hadid</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The architecture community reacts to Dame Hadid's death on social media</a></li></ul> Paulo Mendes da Rocha named as 2016 Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement winner Justine Testado 2016-05-06T14:17:00-04:00 >2016-05-08T01:09:46-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="483" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>2006 Pritzker laureate Paulo Mendes da Rocha will be honored with the 2016 Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement during opening day of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2016 Venice Biennale</a> on May 28.&nbsp;Upon the recommendation of Biennale Curator Alejandro Aravena, the Board of Directors decided on Mendes da Rocha's selection as the 2016 winner.&nbsp;</p><p>Noted by The Board of Directors as &ldquo;a nonconformist challenger and passionate realist&rdquo;,&nbsp;Mendes da Rocha was also cited for the &ldquo;Timelessness&rdquo; of his architecture. &ldquo;Many decades after being built, each of his projects have resisted the test of time, both stylistically and physically...The role model he played for many generations of architects in Brazil, Latin America and everywhere is that of a person able to join shared and collective efforts.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Not long after graduating from the Mackenzie Architecture School in 1954, Mendes da Rocha first gained public recognition when he won the 1957 national competition to design the Clube Atl&eacute;tico Paulistano gymnasium. As the winner of n...</p> Winning "My Detroit" postcard photos for the 2016 U.S. Venice Biennale Pavilion revealed Justine Testado 2016-02-25T21:03:00-05:00 >2016-02-29T00:57:04-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="468" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The 2016 U.S. Venice Biennale Pavilion is one step closer to becoming a reality with today's reveal of the 'My Detroit' postcard photo competition winners...[Out of 463 entries, the winning photos] were considered as unique individual depictions of Detroit that could also collectively tell a larger story about the present-day city. The photographs will then be printed as postcards and distributed to visitors when the Biennale opens in May.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>See more of the photos over <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>.</p> Canada's 2016 Venice Biennale theme digs into the country's influence in resource extraction Justine Testado 2015-12-09T20:26:00-05:00 >2015-12-10T21:56:56-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Canada's national theme for the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2016 Venice Architecture Biennale</a> will be a multimedia investigation of the country's resource extraction industry, as announced earlier this week by the Canada Council for the Arts. Titled <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Extraction"</a>, the project profiles and "radically rethinks" Canada's rise as a "global resource empire" by delving into the histories, architectures, and political economies of the industry. The theme was selected as the winner of a national competition. In 2014, the well-regarded <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Arctic Adaptions: Nunavut at 15</a>" exhibition represented Canada.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Considering that the Great White North is home to 75% of Earth's prospecting and mining companies, resource extraction runs deep in the country's roots. "Extraction" will include an installation, a film, and a book featuring various perspectives drawn from history, business, art, activism, and more. Catherine Crowston of the Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) was appointed as the project's Official Commissioner while landscape urba...</p> Ireland's Niall McLaughlin Architects to focus on designing for Alzheimer's in 2016 Venice Biennale Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-11-23T13:08:00-05:00 >2015-11-30T23:52:44-05:00 <img src="" width="606" height="422" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The team will examine the spatial experiences of people with Alzheimer&rsquo;s and the installation will be accompanied by a social media campaign designed to extend the reach of the work beyond the Biennale. [...] The scheme was set to be a test case for future developments and was seen as an opportunity to &lsquo;improve the quality of life of a marginalised group by reaching towards an understanding of the deep human mystery of how we place ourselves in the world.&rsquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>More design work responding to the symptoms of Alzheimer's:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Showcase: Antoine de St exupe&#769;ry home for dependent elderly people, by Naud &amp; Poux Architectes</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Inside the Dutch Village Where Everyone Has Dementia</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Designing for Seniors and Soldiers, Toward a "Silver" Architecture</a></li></ul> Venice Biennale director Alejandro Aravena: "Our challenge must be to go beyond architecture." Alexander Walter 2015-11-20T12:04:00-05:00 >2015-11-30T23:14:02-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="338" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As architects, we are living at a time of shifting paradigms. [...] It&rsquo;s why I&rsquo;m so interested in how architects and urban planners engage with other fields &ndash; economics, security, the environment and so on. Our challenge must be to go beyond architecture and speak the languages of these other disciplines, before translating our discussions into formal design proposals. [...] Our ultimate focus is still on form, but what informs this has expanded dramatically.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Just a few key takeaways from Alejandro Aravena's piece for <em>The Guardian</em>:</p><ul><li>"As curator of <em>Reporting From The Front</em>, I want to reverse the idea that the Biennale only deals with issues that are of interest to other architects. We have begun by identifying problems that every citizen can not only understand but actually has a say in: immigration, water, land capacity, waste and so on."</li><li>"Unlike military wars where nobody wins and there is a prevailing sense of defeat, however, on the frontlines of the built environment there is a sense of vitality, because architecture is about looking at reality in a proposal key. We should never forget that design can be a very powerful tool in mobilising people to act."</li><li>"There are new actors in this story &ndash; not least those property developers who use buildings to chase huge profits. But we are interested in how architecture can introduce a broader notion of gain: design as added value instead of an extra cost; architecture as a shortcut towards equality...</li></ul> Christian Kerez to helm the Swiss Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale Nicholas Korody 2015-11-11T14:29:00-05:00 >2015-11-18T00:11:35-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="468" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Swiss architect Christian Kerez, born 1962 in Maracaibo (Venezuela), will be responsible for creating the exhibition at the Swiss Pavilion for the 15th edition of the Architecture Biennale in Venice. Kerez studied at ETH Z&uuml;rich and has been teaching there as Professor of Architecture and Design since 2009.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Pro Helvetia, the Swiss arts council that has been responsible for the country's contributions to the Venice Biennale since 2012, announced the other day that <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Christian Kerez</a> will create the exhibition for next year's Biennale.&nbsp;<br><br>Kerez is best known for a commercial tower project in Zhengzhou, China, a school in Leutschenbach, Switzerland and a social housing project in Brazil. His firm is also known for the "House with One Wall" project, a two-family home in Zurich-Witikon.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>"Kerez seeks to enable a new spatial experience that can only be brought about by architecture," the press release states.<br><br>The art historian Sandra Oehy will curate the exhibit. "Salon Suisse," a discussion and debate platform that has accompanied the Swiss contribution to the Biennale since 2012, will be programmed by the art historian and architect Le&iuml;la el-Wakil.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>The selection was made based on the recommendation of a jury that comprised Marco Bakker, Francesco Buzzi, Beatrice Galilee, Irina Davidovici, and Isa St...</p> Participating architects announced for the US Pavilion of the 2016 Venice Biennale Nicholas Korody 2015-08-27T19:55:00-04:00 >2016-01-09T00:26:59-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="314" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The list of architects chosen to participate in the US Pavilion for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the 2016 Venice Biennale</a> has just been announced. Curated by Cynthia Davidson and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Monica de Ponce Leon</a>, "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Architectural Imagination</a>" seeks to be "an exhibition of new speculative architectural projects commissioned for specific sites in Detroit but with far-reaching application for cities around the world."</p><p>Out of more than 250 submissions, the following 12 architecture firms were chosen:</p><ol><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>a(n) Office</strong></a> (Detroit, Michigan)<br>Marcelo L&oacute;pez-Dinardi&nbsp;and V. Mitch McEwen</li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>BairBalliet</strong></a> (Columbus, Ohio; Chicago, Illinois)<br>Kelly Bair and Kristy Balliet</li><li><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Greg Lynn FORM</a></strong> (Los Angeles, California)<br>Greg Lynn</li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects</strong></a> (Atlanta, Georgia)<br>Mack Scogin and Merrill Elam</li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>MARSHALL BROWN PROJECTS</strong></a>&nbsp;(Chicago, Illinois)<br>Marshall Brown</li><li><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MOS Architects</a></strong> (New York, New York)<br>Hilary Sample and Michael Meredith</li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Pita &amp; Bloom</strong></a> (Los Angeles, California)<br>Florencia Pita and Jackilin Hah Bloom</li><li><strong>Present Future</strong> (Houston, Texas)<br>Albert Pope and Jes&uacute;s Vas...</li></ol> Legal limbo continues for Christoph Büchel's Venice Biennale Mosque Alexander Walter 2015-08-12T14:20:00-04:00 >2015-08-15T16:46:14-04:00 <img src="" width="598" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A court in Venice has refused to fast-track a legal claim filed by the Icelandic Art Center (IAC) seeking the reopening of artist Christoph B&uuml;chel&rsquo;s mosque, which launched earlier this year in a disused church in Venice as part of the Biennale. The IAC is the commissioner of the controversial project, which was housed in the former Catholic church [...]. The mosque closed at the end of May after only two weeks when city officials claimed that it breached health and safety regulations.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously in the Archinect News:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Police Shut Down Mosque Installation at Venice Biennale</a></p> Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena named architecture director of 2016 Venice Biennale Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-20T16:03:00-04:00 >2016-01-13T11:29:26-05:00 <img src="" width="620" height="387" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena has been named architecture director of the 2016 Venice Biennale, in a decision made by Biennale's Board on July 18. Known for award-winning architectural work under his own Santiao-based firm, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alejandro Aravena Architects</a>, Aravena also serves as the executive director for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ELEMENTAL</a>, an &ldquo;Urban Do Tank&rdquo; focused on social housing, which he founded in collaboration with his architecture alma mater, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Universidad Cat&oacute;lica de Chile</a>, and the&nbsp;Chilean Oil Company (COPEC). His work has previously been featured both in the 2008 and 2012 Venice Biennales, winning the Silver Lion in 2008. He was a visiting professor at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harvard University</a> (2000 - 2005), and has served on the Pritzker Prize Jury since 2009.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Regarding the theme of the 2016 Biennale, Aravena has proposed a focus on inspiring, vanguard work in architecture, and to exhibit &ldquo;success stories worth to be told and exemplary cases worth to be shared where architecture did, is and will make a difference in ...</p>