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16. BIENNALE ARCHITETTURA | Territories to live in. Architecture - a conversation of places and people
Written by M.M.   

Collateral Events


veniceach.png«To me practicing architecture is like an endless process of adding layers of human knowledge one by one. It forms a solid foundation for us to connect everything in our life and to make everything related. It makes our life an unseparated whole and closer to ‘reality’».

Huang Sheng-Yuan, Fieldoffice Architects.

16. BIENNALE ARCHITETTURA | Free coincidence. A living archive of ideas
Written by M.M.   

Collateral Events


3113582_thehappenstance_zone_bashkhan.pngAn open project that is turning out to be the most authentic experiment of Freespace. Collateral Event The Happenstance, the informal Scottish Pavilion at the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale, turned the beautiful garden at Palazzo Zenobio into a free space on which we can build, collectively, the grounds to give shape and energy to our present.


The motor of change is the unlimited fantasy of new generations. To celebrate the Year Of Young People 2018, Scotland promoted an exploration on the theme of Freespace among the country’s young: ability, needs, and imagination.

16. BIENNALE ARCHITETTURA | Who's afraid of earthquakes? The CEA and the resilience of Italian burgs
Written by C.S.   

Collateral Events


images.pngFighting fear is a noble cause, especially so if the fear in question is as primordial as the one we have for natural disasters, and earthquakes in particular.


Borghi of Italy is a Biennale Collateral Event presented by the Concilio Europeo dell’Arte NGO at the 16th Architecture Biennale.

16. BIENNALE ARCHITETTURA | Collective Freedom. Twelve projects, one idea of civil architecture
Written by M.M.   



hangarcentronautico_ph_marciooliveira_thumb.pngPolitics, economic crisis, society, ideas, and national identity. Architecture is at the centre of nation-wide thoughts as well as it is in constant global dialogue at the Portuguese Pavilion for the 2018 Architecture Biennale.


Portugal marshals the troops for a transversal, trans-generational national team: Edouardo Souto de Moura (2018 Golden Lion for his participation at Freespace main exhibition), Aires Mateus e Associados, Álvaro Siza, André Cepeda, Barbas Lopes Arquitectos, Carlos Prata, Catarina Mourão, depA, Diogo Aguiar Studio, FAHR 021.3, Fala Atelier, Gonçalo Byrne, Inês Lobo, João Luís Carrilho da Graça, João Mendes Ribeiro, Menos é Mais, Miguel Figueira, Nuno Cera, Ottotto, Ricardo Bak Gordon, Salomé Lamas, SAMI, Serôdio Furtado Associados, Tiago Figueiredo.

16. BIENNALE ARCHITETTURA | Finite/Infinite. Architecture as human experience
Written by Michele Cerruti But   

HOLY SEE | new entry


http-_cdn.cnn_.pngThe Holy See Pavilion lies far from the hustle and bustle of the Biennale and is, first of all, a deep human experience. The parvis at San Giorgio Church is the entryway to the inner pilgrimage the Pavilion offers, revealing to visitors a forest where you’d least expect it: on an island in the Venetian Lagoon. Vatican Chapels is a sophisticated reflection on the finite and the infinite, the losing and acquiring one’s bearings, on time and space, matter and spirit. 

16. BIENNALE ARCHITETTURA | Bamboo and cement. Chinese countryside and reverse urbanization
Written by Marisa Santin   

Interview Li Xiangning | CHINA People's Republic of China


domus-biennale_cina_27.jpg.foto.rmedium.jpgOver the last three decades, China’s economy grew faster than any other, causing fast, feverish development especially in urban centres. The limits of this frenzied urbanization are now the cause of negative records in China. Peking and Shanghai are two of the most polluted and overpopulated cities in the world and the countryside-to-city trend, which has been common for years, shows a change in direction. Many consider different lifestyles and the alternative of countryside life is gaining momentum.


The project of the Chinese Pavilion, Building a Future Countryside, is an elaboration on these premises. Curator Li Xiangning explains how the rapid growth experienced in China in the last few decades showed the practical effects of uncontrolled urban development. People now think about different kinds of life, far from pollution, traffic, and the inconvenience of big city life. In this sense, the countryside catalyses the attention of designers and architects.

16. BIENNALE ARCHITETTURA | Common Market. The future of a glocal nation
Written by M.M.   



Very personal, very glocal, and very Irish is the influence of Yvonne Farrel and Shelley McNamara on their Freespace, as is the one six young architects and designers (Miriam Delaney, Jo Anne Butler, Laurence Lord, Tara Kennedy, Orla Murphy, Jeffrey Bolhuis) had on Free Market, the exhibition at the Irish Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale.


The market-place has been a centre of economic, political, and social exchange for a very long time, especially in countries like Ireland, where over 30% of the population lives in towns of less than 5000. Today, this is a declining model, surpassed by the presence of larger shopping centres, by change of habits (online shopping,) and depopulation of rural areas.

16. BIENNALE ARCHITETTURA | The City Within. Home, Freespace and Social Space
Written by M.M.   



A ceiling blacked out by satellite dishes, mirror walls that multiply space, and rugs on the floor to recreate a distinctly Kosovar domesticity feeling meet visitors in The City is Everywhere.


Space is a metaphor of mental freedom, yet not physical, of a house in constant evolution, where public and private become one. A house that stands in for the city.

16. BIENNALE ARCHITETTURA | Democratic horizon. Transversal dialogue of geography and architecture
Written by M.M.   



An alternative horizon created by blacking out the entire Pavilion but for a strip of horizontal light, under which 40 drawings symbolize synergy and mutuality between architecture and landscape.


At the centre, a greenhouse amplifies to infinity the border between Argentinian sky and the pampas, a physical image of an embracing territory man-made works are immersed in.

16. BIENNALE ARCHITETTURA | Infinite Places. Co-curator Julien Choppin shows us the French Pavilion
Written by Andrea Falco   

encore-heureux-french-pavilion-2018-venice-architecture-biennale-3-inexhibit.jpgInterview Julien Choppin | FRANCE


The exhibition recycles materials used for Studio Venezia, the project by Xavier Veilhan presented at the 2017 Art Biennale, and is about architectural experimentations in the restitution of territory. A story of ten places across France - Le Centquatre and Les Grands Voisins (Paris), l’Hôtel Pasteur (Rennes), La Grande Halle (Colombelles), Les Ateliers Médicis (Clichy-sous- Bois-Montfermeil), La Friche la Belle de Mai (Marseille), Le Tri Postal (Avignon), le 6B (Saint- Denis), La Convention (Auch), La Ferme du Bonheur (Nanterre) - that have seen projects of temporary occupation, public infrastructure, participative habitats, places of work or culture, that make us wonder whether architecture is just about making buildings or it is really about creating places.

16. BIENNALE ARCHITETTURA | Do not destroy=build. The role of architects at the centre of the Australian project
Written by Marisa Santin   



Prairie sods taken and reassembled at the heart of the Giardini. Visiting the national pavilions at Biennale, you don’t always realize what connection is there between a given project and the general theme proposed by the curators. In the case of Repair, the connection with Freespace is obvious.


Walking into the Australian Pavilion feels like walking through a portal to another dimension. An alienating, all-encompassing effect. What you walk into is a garden of over 10,000 plants of 60 species native to the State of Victoria.

16. BIENNALE ARCHITETTURA | Freedom Otherwise. Architecture, society and the paradox of incarceration
Written by Delphine Trouillard   




Ask anyone to list what infrastructure is essential to maintaining a city and you will hear: schools, gyms, hospitals, parks, museums… rarely you will hear a court of justice, a penitentiary, or anything pertaining to human failing. And yet, prisons have to be there, errare humanum est.


The building of places of reclusion is a challenge for architecture. In Discipline and Punish, Michel Foucault outlines a history of the birth of prisons. His essay ends with the instrumentalization that since the early 1900s the powers that be made of the notion of danger to justify the neutralization of certain subsegments of population. To speak of danger reinforces the feeling of unsafety, which brings about the marginalization of those who erred.

16. BIENNALE ARCHITETTURA | Una settimana da Leoni: i vincitori
Written by Francesca De Filippi   

avz_the_jury_-2446.jpgLa settimana delle vernici della Biennale Architettura trova nella proclamazione dei Leoni, sabato 26 maggio scorso, il suo atto culminante e al contempo liberatorio. È il momento in cui la Giuria, da una parte e il pubblico dall’altra decretano il gradimento dell’edizione.


A Ca’ Giustinian, nella Sala delle Colonne gremitissima, è andata in scena una cerimonia di premiazione emozionante e molto partecipata, che si è aperta con un lunghissimo applauso, quasi una standing ovation da (archi)star, alle due curatrici, Yvonne Farrell e Shelley McNamara, sul palco emozionate e quasi stupite. Un calore sincero e sentito che ha commosso un po’ tutti e a trasformato l’evento in una atto corale, che i protagonisti/vincitori hanno contribuito a rendere unico.


Ma veniamo ai premi che la Giuria internazionale della 16. Mostra Internazionale di Architettura della Biennale di Venezia, composta da Sofía von Ellrichshausen, Frank Barkow, Kate Goodwin, Patricia Patkau, Pier Paolo Tamburelli, ha deciso di attribuire.







16. BIENNALE ARCHITETTURA | La sostanza del costruire. Mario Cucinella racconta il Padiglione Italia
Written by Francesca De Filippi e Marisa Santin   


Mario Cucinella è senza dubbio una delle figure più attive nel dibattito attuale dell'architettura, a livello nazionale e internazionale. Lo dimostrano il suo curriculum, la numerosità dei cantieri in opera, la lunga serie di premi e riconoscimenti, la dinamicità del suo Studio in costante crescita. Non solo; lo prova anche la sua straordinaria capacità di convogliare attenzione su temi – come la sostenibilità – che pongono i professionisti di fronte a responsabilità e a sfide dirimenti per il futuro. Convinto dell'impatto che ogni progetto ha nella rigenerazione degli spazi, Cucinella sostiene con forza la necessità di mettersi in ascolto dei luoghi e delle persone con senso civico ed 'eccezionale' normalità, allontanando la tentazione di un'architettura autoreferenziale, del tutto fine a se stessa. Da qui nasce il concetto cardine del suo impegno e del suo lavoro di progettista e di educatore, quell''empatia creativa' che egli non solo promuove, ma pratica con generosit. e contagiosa passione. Molti sono gli esempi: dal Laboratorio di Architettura Partecipata a Pacentro, ai lavori del G124 per il recupero delle periferie in Italia; dai progetti per la scuola a Guastalla o a Gaza, alle “abitazioni per la pace” per accogliere le famiglie di rifugiati e richiedenti asilo in Basilicata. Vale la pena ricordare due progetti speciali nati nel suo Studio MCA negli ultimi anni: Building Green Futures, organizzazione no-profit il cui scopo è integrare cultura ambientale e tecnologia per un'architettura che garantisca dignità e qualità all'abitare, e S.O.S. – School of Sustainability, una scuola 'a bottega', con l'obiettivo di costruire una cultura della sostenibilità attraverso il dialogo tra figure e competenze diverse, con in comune una visione del futuro. Non stupisce dunque che per il Padiglione Italia siano stati scelti progetti capaci di raccontare l'architettura come ascolto e atto collettivo: una moltitudine di storie minori che del concetto di empatia creativa incarnano l'essenza.

Venezia News #226lugAgo/JulAug2018
Written by Redazioneweb   

venews_226_lug-ago2018_cover.jpg Nelle edicole di Venezia e dintorni, nei bookshop
e nelle principali librerie della città
Fatoumata Diawara

Venezia Jazz Festival, 19 luglio h. 21.30 @Teatro Goldoni

© Aida Muluneh - Courtesy Veneto Jazz



Festa del Redentore

11. Venezia Jazz Festival

46. Biennale Teatro
Leone d’Oro. Intervista a RezzaMastrella
Leone d’Argento. Intervista ad Anagoor

Registi e spettacoli, programma

Dialoghi a Spoleto. La voce delle Donne
Written by Fabio Marzari   

quadro_giosetta_fioroni_2.jpgLa magnifica città umbra di Spoleto, grazie alla passione e alla lungimiranza di Giancarlo Menotti è divenuta sin dal 1958 un crocevia fondamentale per la Cultura. Il Festival dei Due Mondi è divenuto un punto fermo di altissima qualità per le produzioni teatrali e i concerti, e negli anni sono cresciute iniziative collaterali che contribuiscono a dare ulteriore lustro agli incroci di culture. Motore di una importante rassegna la giornalista e conduttrice radiofonica e televisiva Paola Severini Melograni, fondatrice di Superangeli2, da sempre frequentatrice del Festival e carissima amica di Carla Fendi, importantissima mecenate per Spoleto, ha ideato Dialoghi a Spoleto giunta alla sua seconda edizione.


Il tema proposto è intrigante: Le Donne conquisteranno il Mondo, Le Donne cambieranno il Mondo, Le Donne difenderanno il Mondo, Le Donne salveranno il Mondo? Appuntamenti al femminile per incontrarsi tra donne e scoprire quanto hanno in comune tra di loro pur se rappresentano, con i ruoli che ricoprono o le professioni che svolgono, scenari diversi della società. Dialogare per confrontarsi, senza eccedere nell’ironia di un mondo fatto solo al femminile, dando visibilità e spazio, nell’importante scenografia che il Festival dei Due Mondi di Spoleto da sempre offre, a donne investite da grandi responsabilità per ciò che fanno o ciò che rappresentano.

[INTERVIEW] Essentially Laurie. Laurie Anderson, musician and experimental artist
Written by Massimo Bran   


To meet Laurie Anderson means, in one word, to meet essence. Really, there’s no other way I can use to describe this condensation of poetry, experimentation, sound, simplicity, vision that show in the many, many ways this unique artist expresses herself and relates to the world. It was so exciting to meet her and, at the same time, a soothing experience. Awe, apprehension are only natural in front of a giant of contemporary culture, and yet they were gone in a second, the time it took for Laurie to smile and establish a connection. Anderson visited Venice in May as an invitee to the Centre for the Humanities and Social Change at the local Ca’ Foscari University. The Centre is the brainchild of Professor Shaul Bassi, who teaches English literature at Ca’ Foscari and who is a staunch promoter of research projects on cultural pluralism. The artist presented her latest book, All the Things I Lost in the Flood. Essays on Pictures, Language and Code, a fascinating, captivating volume and a reflection on the experience of loss, on the mutilation of material memory that follows the destruction of personal memorabilia after a natural disaster. This may be the first act of a hopefully long and fruitful cooperation between the Laurie Anderson and the Centre, seeing as how the two see eye to eye on human rights, environment, and the health of the planet in the broadest possible sense. If this will be the case, as we certainly hope, let’s get ready, because surprise, revelation, and the crossover of the best of modernity will soon gift us with shiny fragments of future and new dimensions of perception.
[INTERVIEW] United Arts. Luciano Benetton, entrepreneur and urban philanthropist
Written by Massimo Bran, Fabio Marzari   


luciano-benetton_09.pngWe met Luciano Benetton to talk about his ideas on art sponsorship and on concrete action of public significance, for youth, for culture. The Benetton Group just carried out another successful project - the restoration of the ancient penitentiary in the centre of Treviso, which now houses permanent collection Imago Mundi and the renovation of the San Teonisto Church, which is now a space for concerts and cultural activity.

Imago mundi

Behind this project are curiosity and enthusiasm. I started with the places I knew the least. I knew northern Africa since we have production sites in Tunisia, but I knew little of Sub-Saharan Africa. I wanted to explore this macroregion and be guided by art. After that, we moved on towards other directions, including Europe. It was such a great experience; we collected a number of temporal, human, social, economic, geographical reference points, globally and locally.


Mapping art

To realize such a large project, you need strong cooperation locally. You need curators who know their country well and are able to expand their network to best represent its art. There are a few countries where it’s hard to do that. Think Somalia, Libya, or Syria – those were no walk in the park, but how rewarding was the outcome. There are no theoretical limits to the mapping of art, it depends wholly on us. We want to end this first chapter with 200 catalogues by next year, 27 or 28 of whom have been realized in China. We met authors from China in San Giorgio Island who will collect art from 56 ethnicities in China. Of course we accepted and we will produce the exhibition next year, which will also be the 70th anniversary of the Revolution.

16. BIENNALE ARCHITETTURA | The poetry of real. Fieldoffice Architects making places
Written by Chiara Sciascia   

06_portrait-of-fieldoffice.pngCollateral Events | TAIWAN


Architect Sheng-Yuan Huang has been working ofr over ten years in Yilan county with his team at Fieldoffice Architects to promote the value of architecture as a dialogue between a place and the people who live in it, a connection between natural and artificial elements.


Presented by the Taiwan Ministry of Culture and produced by the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Collateral Event Living with Sky, Water, and Mountain: Making Places in Yilan answers perfectly to the call for Freespace of the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale.

16. BIENNALE ARCHITETTURA | Progressive utopia. If you can dream it, you can make it
Written by Davide Carbone   

curatori_rcr_rafael-aranda-carme-pigem-and-ramon-vilalta-albert-bertran.pngCollateral Events | CATALONIA


Utopia becomes real in La Vila, where the mental mechanism that generated it appears before our eyes.


La Vila is a project by Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem, and Ramon Vilalta.

We enter the immaterial space of an oneiric world through Threshold and Dream, a cave of light and motion where each of us can shape their own perception and experience.

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