Monthly Archives: November 2012

parametric semiology…

OK…this is what the official blurb from Zaha Hadid Architects at the Biennale  said:

For the past years the studio has been investigating the field of Parametricism. New ways of digitally generating intensive and extensive qualities and establishing intricate relationships within architectural systems and subsystems were explores, in order to form complex and coherent spatial arrangements […] Following up this research agenda, students have developed systematic catalogues of urban and architectural prototypes with regard to their semiological readability, in respect to the urban, spatial programmatic or social parameters deducted from the specific program. The design of these proto-architectural elements is based on the thorough research of different shell structures and their formal, spatial, technological and structural properties…

Arum” by Zaha Hadid Architects and Patrik Schumacher

The installation “Arum” is a pleated metal structure derived from the work of German architect Frei Otto, who paved the way for material-structural form-finding processes.

more models from  Studio Zaha Hadid

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hidden meditation…

Still in the Arsenale of the Venice Architecture Biennale 2012…

Team Chicago: City Works

Curated by Alexander Eisenschmidt, five chicago-based firms collectively produce “Team Chicago: City Works“, it features a collective site model of urban plans by David Brown, Studio Gang Architects, Urbanlab and Stanley Tigerman to reactivate problematic areas or arising issues within their home city. the model is surrounded by a 30 meter long drawing composed entirely of visionary projects for the city by Alexander Eisenschmidt…

identity in diversity” in the Argentinian Pavilion at the Arsenale

The Filigree Maker” at the Kosovan Pavilion, Arsenale

CANCHA – Chilean Soilscapes” in the Chile Pavilion in the Arsenale. Cancha is a pre-hispanic Quechuan word that indicates a void that enables connections with our ground as well as among people…when i saw it some guy was meditating on one of the white stones…you can see his shoes if you look closely at my photo!

…not part of the Biennale, just some Arsenale graffiti i quite liked:


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tiny thai pavilions

tiny thai pavilions…

…I loved these, the Thailand Pavilion in the Arsenale presents 100 ideas that can provide people with a common ground. The exhibition, curated by Apiradee Kasemsook, Nuttinee Karnchanarporn and Tonkao Panin, presents 40 boxes identical box structures. Inside, the boxes were designed by different Thai architecture firms, designers, lecturers and students. Each one intends to speak within its own logic.

Common Collage” in Thailand Pavilion at the Arsenale

Of course the good thing about coming late in the Biennale season is the lack of crowds, but on the downside, you can find things dead (plant installations that cant take being indoors for months for example) or not working such as the illumination of half of these little boxes…

Inside the boxes:

He’s not in focus, but that’s Michelangelo’s “David” perched atop the egg boxes…who knows what it means!!!


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the trick with the arsenale

the trick with the arsenale…

…the trick with the Arsenale venue is to visit late in the Biennale season…say October and to go early just before it opens. When it does you can go in, sweep through and start at the far end of the exhibition (it’s a vast space) working backwards. Doing so you get to see everything with almost no other people “getting in the way”…,i recommend it…even though maybe that’s not the way the curator intended you to view it!

Gateway” installation by Norman Foster

Gateway” installation by Norman Foster -is a full on onslaught of images and words, representing different types of buildings and spaces, criss-crossed with the names of the architects, designers and planners that have influenced our built environment over the years.

Vessel” by O’donnell and Tuomey – a site specific work that really occupies it’s space…which is not easy in the arsenale…

The Museum of Copying“, curated by British architect’s FAT exploring the concept of copying in architecture.

Architecture and its Affects” by Farshid Moussavi Architecture

Elbphilharmonie” by Herzog & de Meuron – The Elbphilharmonie, a concert hall on top of a former industry in Hamburg, which also includes a 250 room five-star hotel, and 47 apartments. The project, in a very advanced state, remains halted since last year due to legal issues with the contractor (more).


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Still inside the Giardini venues of the Venice Architecture Biennale 2012…

Migrating Landscapes” in the Canadian Pavilion – young Canadian architects and designers from a wide range of cultural and educational backgrounds create scale models of ‘dwellings’ and accompanying videos that draw on cultural memories.

The American Pavilion was full of examples of “Spontaneous Interventions:design actions for the common good” :

Islands of LA” by Ari Kletzky

Artist Ari Kletzky installs official looking signs onto traffic islands in LA, declaring them islands of an LA National Park in order to activate under utilised public spaces…

Play Mincu

In the Romanian pavilion we are encouraged to produce an architectural stamp, choosing from dozens of embossing stamps that reproduce the most famous buildings designed by Ion Mincu, the legendary architect, intellectual, politician and creator of the Romanian School of Architecture , to whom 2012 is devoted, and his followers (more).

Inside the Venice Pavilion is the installation “Methodical Imaginings” focusing on a series of important churches built in London by the English architect Nicholas Hawksmoor (1661-1736) during the early part of the 18th Century…I like this aspect of the Biennale, the contrast of approaches and the fact that i can see something so traditional alongside the  more cutting edge contemporary architectural practices…


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