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biennale and priorities…

…So yes, am here for the architecture biennale, but let’s be honest, am also here for the cicchetti served at Cantine del Vino Già Schiavi – honestly they are that good:

Among the flavour combos – tuna carpaccio with a green pepperade, prawn with artichoke cream and truffle, a salty pistachio cream…get the picture? – all washed down with a campari spritz… now am ready for some arty architecture…

So i head first to the Giardini to check out the International Pavilions. There is thunder and lightening as i duck in and out of these mini nation buildings…always worth it though…

The Project of Campo Marzio / Yale University School of Architecture

Peter Eisenman’ s team examine and re imagine Giovanni Battista Piranesi’s 1762 folio collection of etchings, Campo Marzio dell’antica Roma. Derived from years of fieldwork spent measuring the remains of ancient Roman buildings, these six etchings depict Piranesi’s fantastical vision of what ancient Rome might have looked like and represent a landmark in the shift from a traditionalist, antiquarian view of history to the scientific, archaeological view (more).

Field of Walls / Dogma

Part of the same installation, Dogma highlights the difference between urbanism and architecture (urbanism being all about flow and circulation while architecture is about walls and limits). So they interpret Campo Marzio as a paradoxical urbanism made from walls…( makes me think about Rome’s monolithic, utopian but ultimately disastrous  construction of the ’70’s Corviale – a 1 km long apartment complex…that unsurprisingly did not end well…)

Songjilang in China, build 2001

So before i went to Art School, i got a degree in Art History, and one of my main subjects was the Northern European Renaissance…so i still have a soft spot for references to historical triptychs…this installation was designed by Architectural Historians…

The Banality of Good: New Towns, Architects, Money, Politics / Crimson Architectural Historians by Crimson Architectural Historians, which presented a work concerning 6 “new towns” (including Stevenage!) from around the world built between the World War II and the present day.


other posts on Venice Architecture Biennale 2012:

architecture biennale architecture

spaces in between more biennale

islands of LA and other installations

city of culture of galicia…

High on a hill (Mount Gaìas) stands the building site of the Cidade da Cultura de Galicia (city of culture of Galicia). Concieved as a large scale cultural centre devoted to “knowledge and contemporary creativity”, it still has another 11 years before completion and several more huge buildings to be constructed.

To say it is controversial in the region would be an understatement. The regional paper La Voz de Galicia criticizes the folly of its cost and construction on an almost daily basis (Scottish parliament anyone?). This city of culture is the original brainchild of former head of the galician parliament, Manuel Fraga (who himself was once a minister in the Govt. of the former dictatorship under Franco…).

The vast spaces and sweeping curves bring to mind Niemeyer’s Brasilia…

The architect of all this:…American architect and purveyor of “modern deconstructivism” Peter Eiseman who stands elevated in a pristine room full of maquettes of the future complex and talks about the concept behind the construction, see below: