Friday, July 01, 2016

Venice – Arsenale: The 15th International Architecture Biennale Exhibition - Reporting From the Front



 Photograph by Andrea Avezzu – courtesy la Biennale di Venezia

Venice – Arsenale: The 15th International Architecture Biennale Exhibition
Reporting From the Front


“Our curatorial proposal is twofold: on the one hand we would like to widen the range of issues to which architecture is expected to respond, adding explicitly to the cultural and artistic dimensions that already belong to our scope, those that are on the social, political, economic, and environmental end of the spectrum. On the other hand, we would like to highlight the fact that architecture is called on to respond to more than one dimension at a time, integrating a variety of fields instead of choosing one or another.”
Alejandro Aravena

Venice – Arsenale:  The 15th International Architecture Biennale Exhibition, titled Reporting From the Front, until November 27, is curated by Alejandro Aravena and organized by La Biennale di Venezia chaired by Paolo Baratta, above.  The exhibition is at the Giardini and at the Arsenale.


Reporting From the Front


The introductory rooms of the Biennale Architettura 2016 were built with 100 tons of waste material generated by the dismantling of the previous Biennale. 10,000 sq. meters of plaster board and 14 km of metal studs.

 


Reporting From the Front
Kumbh Mela, a seven million ephemeral settlement

A research by Rahul Mehrotra that offers some clues for how to respond to massive migration towards cities.

 

The Kumbh Mela is an extreme case of a religious congregation that generates a temporary settlement for five million dwellers and is visited by over one hundred million in fifty-five days.

 
Reporting From the Front
Using professional prestige to change the status quo

The work of Wang Shu and Lu Wenyu of Amateur Architecture in Fuyang

 
Reporting From the Front
Sedentary versus nomadic; cities should be able to host from modern to archaic ways of living if they want to properly tackle the migration of people towards them.

The work of Rural Urban Framework in Mongolia


Reporting From the Front

The talent that is needed to conduct with integrity the transit from sketch to reality


The work of Cecilia Puga in Chile

 
Reporting From the Front
Architecture as a peak of civilization

The work of Paco Alonso as proposals that always go way beyond the requests.

 
Reporting From the Front
The war on bending

The attempt by Ochsendorf, Block, and Dejong to save materials and energy by having structures working only in compression.

 
Reporting From the Front
Cutting edge engineering at the service of common sense

The work of Transsolar and their contribution to sustainability

 
Reporting From the Front
Trying to negotiate heritage (preservation), art (change), and mass tourism (predation)

Tadao Ando’s project for Punta della Dogana in Venice





Tadao Ando

 
Reporting From the Front
Public buildings as public goods

The school of C+S for the Veneto Region


C+S - Alessandra Segantini

 

Reporting From the Front
Architecture as an intensification of reality

The work of Jose Maria Sanchez Garcia in Spain


Jose Maria Sanchez Garcia

 

Reporting From the Front
Beyond the top-down or bottom-up cliché to improve the quality of architecture

The work of Studio Mumbai in India

 
Reporting From the Front
Architecture and infrastructure at the same time

The proposal of Droneports for Africa by Lord Norman Foster

   
The proposal of Droneports for Africa by Lord Norman Foster

 


Reporting From the Front
Infrastructure, totem and social space

The Warka Water project in Africa

 




 





 



 
 


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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Lago d’Iseo – Christo and Jeanne-Claude – The Floating Piers


Photographs by Wolfgang Volz – copyright 2016 Christo

 Lago d’Iseo – Christo and Jeanne-Claude – The Floating Piers

“Those who experience The Floating Piers will feel like they are walking on water – or perhaps the back of a whale. The light and water will transform the bright yellow fabric to shades of red and gold throughout the sixteen days.”
Christo
The Project. For sixteen days only, until July 3, on the Lake d’Iseo, north of Brescia, 100,000 square meters of shimmering yellow fabric, carried by a modular floating dock system of high-density polyethylene cubes, undulate with the movement of the waves as Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s The Floating Piers rise just above the surface of the water.

  Photograph by Wolfgang Volz – copyright 2016 Christo

The Walkaway
Christo and Jeanne-Claude – The Floating Piers

A 3-kilometer-long walkway was created as The Floating Piers extend across the water of Lago d’Iseo. The piers are 16 meters wide and approximately 35 centimeters high with sloping sides. The fabric continues along 2.5 kilometers of pedestrian streets in Sulzano and Peschiera Maraglio.


Photograph by Wolfgang Volz – copyright 2016 Christo


The Story
Christo and Jeanne-Claude – The Floating Piers

In the spring and summer of 2014, Christo and his team scouted the lakes of Northern Italy. Along with Project Director Germano Celant, they found Lago d’Iseo to be the most inspiring location. Since that time they have worked alongside experts from around the world to realize The Floating Piers.

Photograph by Wolfgang Volz – copyright 2016 Christo
 


Christo and Jeanne-Claude – The Floating Piers

The Floating Piers was first conceived by Christo and Jeanne-Claude together in 1970. It is Christo’s first large-scale project since Christo and Jeanne-Claude realized The Gates in 2005, and since Jeanne-Claude passed away in 2009. As with all of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s projects, The Floating Piers is funded entirely through the sale of Christo’s original works of art. After the 16-day exhibition, all components will be removed and industrially recycled.

 

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