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

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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.

 

By physically and ideally rebuilding the atmosphere of a typical Irish market-place, the exhibition presents a global investigation on the vital role and the potential that markets can have on smaller communities, not only from an economic point of view.

 

In developing this investigation, theorists, critics, architects, urban planners, and other stakeholders have asked for the help of authors, artists, and poets, to explore all-around the character of life in Irish towns in all their nuances.

 

 

«Free Market», 2018

Arsenale - Venice

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