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Check out these 13 collateral events at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale

Thinking about heading to Venice this spring to catch a glimpse of the Biennale? While the FREESPACE Architecture Exhibition in the Arsenale, curated this year by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara of Grafton Architects and chaired by Paolo Baratta, as well as a plethora of National Pavilions at the Giardini will keep you busy for days, there are also 13 curator-admitted collateral events happening in several locations across Venice to further widen the range of Biennale contributions and participations.

Here’s the list of collateral events that was just published by La Biennale di Venezia:

Across Chinese Cities – The Community
(The Objects Spaces and Rituals of the Collective)

The third chapter of the Across Chinese Cities program explores
approaches to planning linked to the development of ‘communities’ as
mechanisms that create new systems of social, economic and spatial
belonging. Promoted by Beijing Design Week and curated by Beatrice
Leanza (The Global School) and Michele Brunello (DONTSTOP Architettura),
the exhibition presents a selection of case studies from urban as well
as rural Chinese contexts based on integrated planning, and therefore on
reconciliation, on policy based and community based approaches to
organisation with the aims of inclusivity, empowerment and collective
creativity. As part of the project, the ‘Guest City Suzhou’ chapter
presents research carried out by a team of design practitioners which
centres around the Pingjiang Road Regeneration Plan which collectively
explores the city’s unique context of preserved traditions as a
blueprint for future implementation.

Venue: Università IUAV di Venezia, Ca’ Tron, Santa Croce, 1957, Promoter: Beijing Design Week |

Borghi of Italy – NO(F)EARTHQUAKE

The new exhibition project Borghi of Italy – NO(F)EARTHQUAKE is
dedicated to seismic preparedness, to securing the artistic and
architectural heritage of our country as well as the revitalization of
the architecturally symbolic places: Italian villages. The
Freespace concept being launched by the 2018 Architecture Biennale
curators is one linked to the idea of a ‘free and safe’ space, in which
those who use or live in spaces – especially residents – can feel
‘free’: free from the fear of earthquakes and free to return and live in
the most characteristic of Italian places which in this historic moment
are at risk of being completely abandoned in favour of the new urban
centres – new civitas – typically built far from their places
of origin and realized in forms that are completely detached from their
historic contexts. Borghi of Italy also presents the European
Council of Art’s “BorgoAlive!” project, which is aimed at the
sustainable revitalisation of a village and its surroundings, in which
the preservation and restoration of a symbolic village building becomes
the means for the reuse and regeneration of a historical centre that has
been damaged and/or abandoned. This in turn becomes an opportunity to
enhance the artistic and cultural resources of smaller urban centres and
their hinterlands as well as an opportunity to kick start economic and
social growth, the development of local tourism and the repopulating of
Italian villages.

Venue: InParadiso Gallery, Giardini della Biennale, Castello, 1260, Promoter: Concilio Europeo dell’Arte

Greenhouse Garden – Reflect, Project, Connect

Greenhouse Garden: Reflect, Project, Connect
is an event consisting of an exhibition, a temporary wooden pavilion,
by In Praise of Shadows architects, and a series of seminars and
workshops on architecture, the built environment and the global goals of
Agenda 2030, as well as how architecture and wood can be part of it. Plots, Prints and Projections
is the title of the exhibition at Serra dei Giardini. It will house a
series of large scale spatial installations that are the result of an
investigation of the contemporary and challenged role of architectural
representations and their translations to built form, in the meeting
with the dynamic material wood and the manufacturing industry. This will
entail architectural explorations of the transitions from architectural
drawings, measuring’s, notations and virtual instructions for
production to their material manifestation using wood as a primary
material, and vice versa. Embedded in history of architectural practice,
different digital and analogue modes of architectural representation
continue to be techniques for understanding and investigating the
discipline of architecture.

Venue: Serra dei Giardini, Castello,1254 (Via Giuseppe Garibaldi), Promoter: Swedish Institute

Living with the Sky, Water and Mountain: Making Places in Yilan

The exhibitor Architect Sheng-Yuan Huang stated that “seeking freedom”
served his fundamental philosophy of architecture and was shared with
his colleagues at Yilan as the core value standing behind every
creation. To them, “freedom” is not an abstract concept, and their
“freedom” has allowed them to contribute their efforts to their society
within 15-minutes driving distance in their real life. The exhibition
will be presented with the following themes: condensing social memories-
interventions via time; setting a datum- canopy as the new reference
line; returning to the land- continuum in suspension of time. These
three themes were focusing on the making of public spaces, including the
unban scale Canopy, Vascular Bundle Scheme and Cherry Orchard Cemetery.
The result of these works was based on the learning from local
residences and natural environments with a certain period of time for
carefully shaping everyone’s everyday life.

Venue: Palazzo delle Prigioni, Castello, 4209 (San Marco), Promoter: National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (NTMoFA)

Primal Sonic Visions

Primal Sonic Visions aims
to awaken a sense of wonder at the new sounds and forms of energy
amongst the public by the primal power and beauty of wind, solar, hydro
and thermal energy sources. Renowned international sound artist Bill
Fontana, through high-resolution media artwork, explores many of the
important types of renewable energy systems from a variety of geographic
locations which celebrate the visually and sonically compelling aspects
of these systems where the Earth is both client and architect.  As
people enter the space, they are met with a stirring experience that at
first instills a sense of wonder, and later transforms into a deep
reflection of the potential and power of these energy sources being used
to secure a brighter future for our planet. This work comes at a
particularly crucial point in time as the negative effects of climate
change are becoming increasingly evident. This work is a collaboration
between the artist and IRENA in a unique aural and visual attempt to
focus the public’s insight, and awaken a global emotional reaction to
the environment. The exhibition will also include a media artwork with
the new flood barrier system for Venice, MOSE.

Venue: Ca’ Foscari Esposizioni, Fondazione Università Ca’ Foscari, Dorsoduro, 3246, Promoter: International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

RCR. Dream and Nature_Catalonia in Venice

The RCR studio was awarded the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize
in 2017. In the light of this international recognition, we present an
exhibition that introduces Rafael, Carme and Ramon’s most intimate
universe.  The Biennale Architettura acts as a catalyst for all
professionals that attend it to pursue inspiration, dreams, and
intuitions. For this reason, it’s so fascinating (and such an exercise
in generosity) that extremely sensitive minds like those of Rafael,
Carme and Ramon share their dreams and most enlightened aspirations. In
Venice, for the first time ever, we are presenting the dreams of RCR. An
utopia under construction.

Venue: Cantieri Navali, Castello, 40 (Calle Quintavalle), Promoter: Institut Ramon Llull

Salon Suisse: En marge de l’architecture

In the long history of architecture, such moments have always proved
most fruitful when the discourse opened up to external insights, to
ideas and inventions from other scientific and artistic disciplines.
Today, in light of the rapid and fundamental changes in society, economy
and politics, it is time to set sail again. If architecture is an
island within the archipelago of the artistic and scientific
disciplines, then the Salon Suisse 2018 is a ship that has left
the harbour. From foreign shores, we will look back at architecture and
explore its cultural and social relevance today. On this journey of
discovery, we will encounter philosophers and anthropologists, writers,
musicians and artists, comparatists and social researchers. By
discussing their work and its link to architecture, the Salon Suisse
will open new perspectives, not only on the potentials of architecture
in the 21st century, but also on the hidden connections that have always
existed among the different disciplines.
May 24, September 13 – 15, October 4 – 6, Novembre 22 – 24

Venue: Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi, Dorsoduro, 810 (Campo Sant’ Agnese), Promoter: Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia |

The Happenstance

The Happenstance establishes a Freespace in
the garden at the heart of Palazzo Zenobio, as a place to build new
possibilities together for the freedoms we urgently need to claim – and
demonstrating what can be built through mapping connections, bringing together needs, resources and ideas of Freespace in
both Scotland and Venice. The space acts as an active archive (The
Living Library of Ideas), where a team of Artists and Architects,
experts in play, encourage everyone into a vital relationship with the
built environment, using play as an active agent within the process of
rethinking and reclaiming their Freespace. At the heart of
Zenobio you will find a focus on young people, their capacities, their
needs and their imagination harnessed to empower this energy in all of
us. Our live programme includes animating other spaces out in the city.
Likewise the Outdoor Cinema screenings focus on inspiring examples of
individuals, organisations and situations that underscore this year’s
Biennale Architettura theme. We have a proposition for the visitor to
our garden – expect to get lucky. This is the art of Happenstance.

Venue: Collegio Armeno Moorat – Raphael, Palazzo Zenobio, Dorsoduro, 2597 (Fondamenta del Soccorso), Promoter: Scottish Government |

Unintended Architecture

The word “free space” illustrates the “interactive” changing landscape
and the intricate relationship between people and space. Due to the
passage of time, the change of social dynamic, and the imagination of
space among generations, stagnant spaces have been transformed into
spaces with vitality and local aroma. The “interaction” between people
and space endue a profound meaning, which we named it Unintended Architecture. Macao, an increasingly internationalised city densely packed with high-rises, fragments of Unintended Architecture
could still be found, which scattered in the densely populated housing,
hid in the quiet urban gardens, evaded in the bustling bazaar and
flashed in the old stepping stones. Our architecture exhibition
purposely selected the “playing cards” as our basic design component,
which symbolises the rapid growing economy in Macao. By manipulating
“playing cards” in different forms and combinations, Unintended Architecture will be re-illustrated in an abstract manner.

Venue: Arsenale, Castello, 2126/A (Campo della Tana), Promoter: Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macao S.A.R. Government; Macao Museum of Art |

Vertical Fabric: density in landscape

Vertical Fabric: density in landscape, demonstrates the urban conditions of Hong Kong and explores the freespace
through towers. 100 Exhibitors, including architects from Hong Kong and
overseas, are invited to design their towers of freespace, making
statements on tower typology in the vertical city. 100 white tower
models of 2.0 meters in height are open for the 100 exhibitors to
re-define the spatial potential while maintaining its envelope as a
collective urban form. The exhibition manifests innovation within
constrains while generating extraordinary spaces from ordinary from. By
installing 100 towers marching along the courtyard extending into of
exhibition rooms, the venue illustrates the compactness of Hong Kong’s
urban form and provides a platform of dialogue with the world, shaping a
discourse of Hong Kong’s urbanism and vertical architecture. It also
provides architects with opportunities to re-think the design of tower
beyond, incubating visions when facing global challenges in technology,
environment, and society.

Venue: Arsenale, Castello, 2126 (Campo della Tana), Promotore: Hong Kong Arts Development Council | |

What Makes a Home?

“Human Shelter” a global cinematic journey exploring the role of the
home for people facing large scale change. It is a curious quest for
knowledge and a celebration of diversity asking “what do we really need,
to feel at home?” We’re living in a time of great change. Megacities
are growing rapidly. Displacement due to conflicts and natural
catastrophes affect millions. The growth of technology is fuelling new
ways of human interaction. Yet, humanity displays a strong ability to
create a home with dignity even in the most difficult situations. A
dwelling is transformed into a home – how does this happen? Is it
possible to work long term on the passive life of architecture and
choreograph the life taking place long after the architect has left the
building site? – If so, how? We welcome visitors to attend screenings of
Boris Benjamin Bertram’s documentary film “Human Shelter”, Jan Grarup’s
extensive photo installation and take part in an interactive “What Makes a Home?” research installation.

Venue: Cantieri Navali, Castello, 40 (Calle Quintavalle), Promoter: D.A.C. – Danish Architecture Center

Young Architects in Latin America

The exhibition underlines the important role played by the Latin
American World today, as seen throughout its contemporary architecture.
On the occasion of 16th International Architecture Biennale,
the CA’ASI will open its doors to emerging Latin American architects in
order to emphasize the creativity, originality and social commitment of
their new architecture, and to help it gain world-wide recognition.
Architecture-Studio has set up the CA’ASI Association to promote the
dialogue between architecture, contemporary art, and the Biennale

Venue: CA’ASI, Cannaregio, 6024 (Campiello Santa Maria Nova), Promoter: CA’ASI Association 1901

Young Talent Architecture Award 2018

The Young Talent Architecture Award (YTAA) is promoted by the Fundació
Mies van der Rohe with the support of Creative Europe as an extension of
the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der
Rohe Award. The exhibition presents the designs of the 8 YTAA finalists
and the 4 winners. Together with images, drawings and models, other
tools such as videos are used to explain graduation projects. The
exhibition counts with these documents produced by the authors of the
designs and is complemented with the Awards Ceremony and a debate on
September 20 in which the theme of the Biennale Architettura 2018 Freespace,
the main topics of the “European Year of Cultural Heritage” organized
by the European Commission, and those issues which arise from the
results of YTAA will be discussed by the winners, the jury members, the
Future Architecture platform participants and other guests. The Fundació
Mies van der Rohe fosters debate on and awareness of themes related to
contemporary architecture and urban planning. Outstanding among its
activities is the organisation, jointly with the European Commission, of
the Young Talent Architecture Award which aims to support the talent of
recently graduated architects, urban planners and landscape architects
who will be responsible for transforming our environment in the future.

Venue: Palazzo Mora, Cannaregio, 3659 (Strada Nova, San Felice), Promoter: Fundació Mies van der Rohe


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