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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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As usual the big hitters from the art world are here, Olafur Eliasson had several small interventions occupying the small overlooked spaces in between:

Olafur Eliasson, Fan, Little Sun Lamps 2012

In the Hungarian Pavilion the subject is the architectural model, they feature hundreds of student tenders from Hungary and the rest of Europe… i like this one:

In the Nordic (sometimes Swedish) Pavilion…am not really sure what is going on…“Light Houses: On the Nordic Common Ground” invites 32 architects from Finland, Sweden and Norway born in 1962 (the year the Nordic Pavilion was built) to present a model of a conceptual house that reflects their philosophy…so there you go…

Haugen/Zohar Architects – “Adaptation

..In the Russian Pavilion installation “i-City” they had gone techno crazy, several rooms consisted of wall to wall QR codes…

You get a tablet at the door, point it at any of the QR codes and an architectural project pops up…but it’s fiddly and annoying…am having technical problems and the same project keeps popping up…and i don’t want to view projects on a 10 inch screen!!!…i could stay home for that…i want spectacle dammit!!! It’s true that the light and space created by these collective QR codes are maybe spectacle enough, i would rather just absorb this than look at little tablets…

Full marks to the German Pavilion, i really liked their clean, minimalist installations for “REDUCE REUSE RECYCLE”. An installation about the reuse and reinterpretation of existing buildings. Captions for the projects were on the same raised platforms used all around Venice to allow people to still walk around the city during times of flooding (aqua alta). I liked this quotidian reference to the city…


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