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Sunday morning in Venice, just outside the Arsenale…

In the Italian pavilion at the Arsenale, a work by Michelangelo Pistoletto:

Italia Riciclata” by Michelangelo Pistoletto

Ziggurat” by Scott Hocking – site specific work in Detroit

Radix” by Aires Mateus – responding to the architecture of the Arsenale

…and of course you still have to eat…this is so simple and absolutely perfect: Venetian baccala matecato (cod whipped with oil to make a fishy pate…its AMAZING!!!) with bread, tomatoes…and a spritz…it makes me very happy:

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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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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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…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.


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