Following an open competition, the Estonian Architecture Center have announced "Weak Monument" as the theme of the Estonian Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. Laura Linsi, Roland Reemaa, and Tadeáš Říha will develop a project which views the "architectural environment as a layered and historically continuous system," focusing the exhibition on "projects from the recent and more distant past."
According to Triin Ojari, Head of the Estonian Architecture Center, "the [successful] proposal deals with an important concept of architecture theory – the idea of 'weak architecture' inspired by the Estonian architect Leonhard Lapin’s 1970s concept project 'Anti-International Monument'. [...] This is a project," Ojari continues, "which is looking to interpret the heritage of Modernist architecture and its significance in the present day."
Weakness, creative ambivalence, and incompleteness in projects should not be something to be ashamed of, but could rather be a strength.
The jury included:
- Raul Järg (architect, Chairman of the Jury, Chairman of ECA, Commissioner of the Estonian exposition at the International Architecture Exhibition in Venice)
- Toomas Tammis (architect, member of UEA, Dean of the Faculty of Architecture of the Estonian Academy of Arts)
- Maria Arusoo (art historian and curator, representative of the Estonian Society of Art Historians and Curators, Director of the Centre for Contemporary Art Estonia)
- Johan Tali (architect, member of UEA, co-curator of the Estonian exposition in 2016)
- Veronika Valk (architect)
- Peeter Pere (architect, member of UEA)
- Triin Ojari (representative of the Estonian Society of Art Historians and Curators, director of Museum of Estonian Architecture)
As part of ArchDaily's coverage of the 2016 Venice Biennale, we are presenting a series of articles written by the curators of the exhibitions and installations on show. Architecture deals not only with form. It is about data and material flows, the organization of resources, the mobilization of capacities; it organizes not only static things, but it is also a design of processes.
Freespace: Grafton's 2018 Venice Biennale to Celebrate Generosity, Thoughtfulness, and a Desire to Engage
At a meeting convened today at the Biennale's headquarters at Ca' Giustinian in Venice, Italy, Grafton Architects- Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara-revealed the theme and outline for the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, which they have titled Freespace . According to the Directors, the forthcoming Biennale will celebrate "generosity and thoughtfulness," and "a desire to engage."