- Diller Scofidio + Renfro (Post-Occupancy: the Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center)
The interdisciplinary design studio that thrilled the audience in the 3rd İstanbul Design Biennial with their project “Unspoken” is present in La Biennale Architettura di Venezia’s Corderie until November 25th with their architectural design for the school of medicine, Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center. The vertical structure of the tower is innovative in terms of its fluidity created by an abstention from repeated floor plans.
- DnA_Design and Architecture (The Songyang Story)
The project that spreads over a wide territory is designed for Songyang County in China. The Songyang Story project covering seven villages, aims to invigorate the daily lives of the communities via shared public spaces tailored specifically for each area. These communal areas include a teahouse, a theatre, a pedestrian bridge, a museum etc.
- Elisabeth & Martin Boesch (Reuse, black yellow red)
Martin Boesch has taught and inspired many students on heritage buildings and architecture in general throughout his career. Boesch’s controversial approach towards the protection of cultural heritage involves demolition as well as replacement. Their work consists of pages taken from a book created through a series of interactions with a multilingual crowd. The power and universality of images over words are apparent in the brilliant work.
- Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects (Virtual Nature)
Virtual Nature is successful in drawing the attention of the visitors among the few projects that underline the relationship between humankind and nature within the scope of FreeSpace, the general theme of the biennial. The seemingly simple installation consisting of pillows and a projection of an artificial forest enclosed by curtains create a peaceful area to relax.
- Laura Peretti Architects (Rigenerare Corviale_The Crossing)
The curators Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara use the word “democracy” more than once while defining the framework of the biennial. Rigenerare Corviale offers a brilliant example of a democratic space for its 7000 residents. Instead of creating a barrier between the city and the agricultural area, the building is imagined as a filter.
- Jensen & Skodvin Arkitekter AS (Protective roof over Moya spring water source)
The protective roof created by Jensen & Skodvin Arkitekter AS over a spring water source in China encourages the visitors to reflect on the challenges that architects face in nature. The protection and efficient usage of natural resources are often neglected when we think about architecture. However, the architects manage to reveal those challenges with a remarkable solution they’ve created with their project. In an area with restrictive conditions, the architects have created a sophisticated geometrical form influenced by the land, shape of the source, position of the trees and their protection.
- Gumuchdjlan Architects (A linear festival along the Transcaucasian Trail)
The main goal of the project by Gumuchdjlan Architects is to promote culture over consumerism that is apparent in traditional tourism practices. By cooperating with an adventurer, the architects focus on providing cultural experiences through spaces created on the 750 km long Transcaucasian Trail that brings together communities.
- Barclay & Crousse (The Presence of the Absence)
The project of Barclay & Crousse brings a new perspective to architecture through their connection to their roots. While underlining the differences between the European and Peruvian architectural praxis, they present a wall that elegantly displays the patina found in the structure as an example.
- Maria Giuseppina Grasso Cannizzo (DIP / INTO)
With her work DIP / INTO; architect, designer and artist Maria Giuseppina Grasso Cannizzo manages to build a bridge between art, architecture, movement and sound. Her unconventional approach to architecture results in a simple yet captivating work that inspires the audience to think about the connection between humankind and its relation with its surroundings. The video portrays the movement of the body and the consequent movement of oscillating pieces in an installation created by the architect that eventually generates a musical performance.
- Riccardo Blumer (Sette architetture automatiche e altri esercizi
[The Practice of Teaching]
The project by Riccardo Blumer, which is also a part of the curatorial selection entitled “The Practice of Teaching”, yields a mesmerizing mechanism forming see-through walls that can only be seen by the reflection of light in a certain angle. The work encourages the audience to reflect on the concept and function of walls whilst highlighting the significance of experimentation. Are walls only built for protection, privacy, exclusion, and to form boundaries?
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