16th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia

La Biennale di Venezia, 16th International Architecture Exhibition

There are always many reasons and design destinations to plan a trip to Italy. One good reason might be to visit La Biennale di Venezia.

La Biennale di Venezia is one of the most prestigious events with the aim to promote new visions of architecture. It will be opened to the public at the end of this week.

16th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, FREESPACE
16th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, FREESPACE
Design Diller Scofidio + Renfro ; Charles Renfro; Ricardo Scofidio; Benjamin Gilmartin
Photo by: Andrea Avezzù

General Information

Location: Venice (Giardini and Arsenale)

Open: The exhibition will be open to the public from May 26th to November 25th, 2018

Preview: Will take place on May 24thand 25th

The awards ceremony and inauguration: will be held on May 26th, 2018

Participants in the exhibition: International

 

16th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, FREESPACE
16th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, FREESPACE
Japan Pavilion
Photo from La Biennale di Venezia’s Facebook post

Exhibition

Title of the exhibition: FREESPACE

The Curators: Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara

The Exhibition FREESPACE will develop from the Central Pavilion (Giardini) to the Arsenale and will include 71 participants.

16th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, FREESPACE
16th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, FREESPACE Venus, Arsenal

In relation to the meaning of the word FREESPACE, the Curators said they are «delighted with the global engagement of participants and participating counties in the process of its translation. When we were writing the Manifesto, we wanted primarily to include the word space. We also wanted a new use of everyday words, which could somehow cause us all to re-frame the additional component that we as a profession can contribute to humanity. We see architecture as the translation of need in its widest sense into meaningful space. In the effort to translate FREESPACE into the many wonderful languages of the world, we hope that it prises open the ‘gift’ which architectural invention has the potential to contribute with each project. Translation allows us all to map and rename intellectual as well as actual territory. It is our hope that the word FREESPACE allows us to burrow into the aspirations, ambitions and generosity of architecture.»

The organizer: La Biennale di Venezia chaired by Paolo Baratta.

President Baratta explained that this edition curated by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara focuses on the question of space, the quality of space, open and free space. The fundamental parameter of reference is indicated with great clarity.

16th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, FREESPACE
16th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, FREESPACE
architecten de vylder vinck taillieu : Jan de Vylder; Inge Vinck; Jo Taillieu
UNLESS EVER PEOPLE - CARITAS FOR FREESPACE, 2018
Mixed media / mixed material / mixed construction
Photo by:Andrea Avezzù

Two Sectors of the FREESPACE Exhibition :

Close encounter meetings with remarkable projects and will present works that originate in a reflection on well-known buildings of the past

The Practice of Teaching will collect projects developed as part of teaching experiences.

16th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, FREESPACE
16th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, FREESPACE
Design Gumuchdjian Architects : Philip Gumuchdjian Tread Lightly - A Linear Festival along the Transcaucasian Trail, 2018
Architectural models on rammed earth plinths
Photo by: Francesco Galli

With regard to these sections, the Curators explained they have discovered «invention and creativity at the micro and macro scales historic buildings liberated by the intelligence of the architects; forgotten buildings re-visited and brought to life; transformative typologies of habitation; infrastructural needs translated into public and civic facilities.» Furthermore, «a key component in attending to the continuity of tradition in architecture is the practice of teaching. Many of the invited practitioners are actively engaged in teaching. The world of making and building merges with the imaginative world that is highlighted within the Exhibition.»

16th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, FREESPACE
16th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, FREESPACE
Designed VTN Architects  Vo Trong Nghia Bamboo Stalactite, 2018; installation, bamboo
Photo by: Francesco Galli

All information about the 16th International Architecture Exhibition you can find here.

And the International Architecture Exhibition will offer us examples, teachings, and topics of discussion.

16th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, Freespace
16th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, Freespace
Upholstery items produced by Paola Lenti -  one of the sponsors of the Freespace
Photo from La Biennale di Venezia’s Facebook post

To informe yourself more about the Biennale di Venezia you can visit:

Archdaily and find out about the national pavilions of participating countries

Dezeen and find out about Five key topics for the Venice Architecture Biennale 2018

All photos courtesy: La Biennale di Venezia