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Venice Biennale 2012: Ruta del Peregrino

00:00 - 18 September, 2012
© Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

Each year, two million Mexican residents take part in the Ruta del Peregrino (Pilgrim’s Route) – a 117 kilometer pilgrimage through the mountains range of Jalisco that is centered around the adoration to the Virgin of Talpa. This religious voyage has been taking place since the 17th century and represents the pilgrim’s act of faith carried to penitence. In an effort to provide the  route with better conditions, nine architecture firms collaborated  to build seven architectural landmarks that provide shelter, services and outlook points for the pilgrims.

The Master Plan, designed by Tatiana Bilbao, Derek Dellekamp and Rozana Montiel, was presented in a special exhibition  to resonate with the Venice Biennale 2012 theme “Common Ground”.

The nine practices involved since the start of the project are Ai Weiwei (Fake Design), Luis Aldrete Arquitectos, Tatiana Bilbao, Christ & Gantenbein, Dellekamp Arquitectos, Alejandro Aravena (Elemental), Godoylab, HHF Architects, and Rozana Montiel (Periférica).

Read more about the route of the pilgrim and see more pictures after the break. 

Venice Biennale 2012: Feel the Ground. Wall House: One to One / Anupama Kundoo

19:00 - 17 September, 2012
Venice Biennale 2012: Feel the Ground. Wall House: One to One / Anupama Kundoo, © Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

ArchDaily is proud to present images from the 2012 Venice Biennale featuring the reconstruction of Anupama Kundoo’s Wall House. The installation is an opportunity for the architect to reassess intial strategies and continue to explore the experiments of the original construction in Auroville, India. The replica was built by Indian craftspeople and Italian builders. The original design for the house aimed to respond to the environment and culture in which it is situated, taking into consideration construction techniques, material applications, and site strategies. The reconstruction, though absent from a landscape, displays spatial innovation and a collaborative use of materials that evokes an excitement about the integration of culture and structural techniques.

Venice Biennale 2012: Aircraft Carrier / Israeli Pavilion

15:00 - 14 September, 2012
© Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

The Israeli pavilion at the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale, titled Aircraft Carrier, deals with the dramatic changes in Israeli architecture since 1973, and the American influences that made them possible.

Curators Erez Ella, Milana Gitzin-Adiram and Dan Handel defined four major architectural phenomena that demonstrate these changes – Signals, Emporiums, Allies and Flotillas – and invited five leading Israeli and international artists and architecture photographers to reflect on them. Participants include Portuguese photographer Fernando Guerra (Check out an interview with Guerra here!), along with Assaf Evron, Florian Holzherr, Nira Pereg and Jan Tichy. Continue after the break for more.

Venice Biennale 2012: Märkli Architekt

14:00 - 14 September, 2012
© Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

The term “common ground” claims something shared: relationships between people and things. This installation intends to awaken an appropriate sense within the soul of the visitor.

Venice Biennale 2012: Made in Athens / Greece

18:00 - 12 September, 2012
Venice Biennale 2012: Made in Athens / Greece, © Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

Contemporary Athens is a city of strong contradictions: It is a city whose particular identity was shaped during post-World-War-II reconstruction. A city which has at its disposal an exceptionally talented cadre of young architects, international in orientation, well educated and with a wealth of professional experience. It is, however, the city that was most stricken by the current economic crisis. Currently the Athenian urban space is decomposing and there are increasingly frequent and greater disruptions of the social web. The younger generation of architects benefited from the positive aspects of globalization and today has come face-to-face with the harsh aspect of the global financial crisis, a plummeting standard of living and the need to redefine the priorities of architectural design.

Venice Biennale 2012: Pictographs - Statements of Contemporary Architects / Valerio Olgiati

18:00 - 11 September, 2012
© Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

Through this installation, Swiss architect Valerio Olgiati explores the ambiguous and complex “common ground” of inspiration and imagination in architecture. Images, selected by architects from around the world, represent the infinitely varied forms of visual material that are collected in their imaginations and subsequently transformed through the creative process.

© Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

Venice Biennale 2012: The Filigree Maker / Kosovan Pavilion

13:00 - 9 September, 2012
© Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

After a long struggle for independence, Kosovo became a new European country in 2008. Much of it’s urban landscape consists of Ottoman, Austro-Hungarian and Communist era architecture that has been mostly remained untouched by the war. As wealth returns and the economy slowly grows, a new building spur has ignited, covering the city with a sprawl of store fronts, apartments and office buildings.

The Kosovan Pavilion takes a step back to reflect on the current state of their urban landscape, asking important questions on how architecture will effect the future of Kosovan identity and, more importantly, the emotional state and behaviors of the individuals that inhabit its cities. With the exhibition, The Filigree Maker, visitors and participants world-wide are given the opportunity to help shape the future Kosovo by sharing their emotional response to images of existing architecture. Find out more and learn how you can participate, after the break.

Architecture Biennale Venice 2012: Questions without answers

08:00 - 7 September, 2012
Architecture Biennale Venice 2012: Questions without answers  , Japan Pavilion with the final design of the community house in the foreground
Japan Pavilion with the final design of the community house in the foreground

Text and photographs: Jaakko van ‘t Spijker

Venice Biennale 2012: Common Ground/Different Worlds / Noero Architects

19:00 - 6 September, 2012
Venice Biennale 2012: Common Ground/Different Worlds / Noero Architects, Screen Shot
Screen Shot

As a contribution to the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale, Noero Architects showcase two powerful works of art in their exhibition Common Ground / Different Worlds to reveal that architects, and artists alike, work to reinterpret, reinvent and transform preexisting ideas and forms. However, Jo Noero, Principle of Noero Architects, believes that the “difference between good and bad work lies in an understanding of that which is shared and common and the ability to transform these ideas into forms and spaces which are both useful and satisfying within the community in which the work is located.”

Venice Biennale 2012: Meeting Lines / Ateliers Jean Nouvel + Habiter Autrement (Mia Hägg)

15:15 - 6 September, 2012
Venice Biennale 2012: Meeting Lines / Ateliers Jean Nouvel + Habiter Autrement (Mia Hägg), © Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

Jean Nouvel and Mia Hägg presented “Meetings Lines” at the Venice Biennale. For ‘Common Ground’ they decided to show their finalist project for the Slussen Masterplan competition, an ambitious urban design project that seeks to replace much of the degenerated water and transportation infrastructure in the heart of Stockholm. The project proposes three different public spaces, designed as living links for the city, inspired by infrastructure such as the Rialto Bridge in Venice.

Venice Biennale 2012: Copycat, Empathy and Envy as Form Makers / Cino Zucchi Architetti

15:00 - 6 September, 2012
Venice Biennale 2012: Copycat, Empathy and Envy as Form Makers / Cino Zucchi Architetti, © Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

The International Jury of the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale has awarded Cino Zucchi Architetti (CZA) a special mention for their installation, Copycat. Empathy and Envy as Form Makers. Their contribution is based on the notion that “we are all a bit copycats”, understanding that cultures are propagated by following “infectious” processes that combine imitation and innovation. CZA presents a collection of “almost-alike” objects and images with the idea that “similarity” rather than “originality” is where people find common ground.

Venice Biennale 2012: Inhabitable Models / Eric Parry Architects, Haworth Tompkins, Lynch Architects

14:00 - 6 September, 2012
Venice Biennale 2012: Inhabitable Models / Eric Parry Architects, Haworth Tompkins, Lynch Architects, © Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

Inhabitable Models presents the work of three practices -Eric Parry Architects, Haworth Tompkins, Lynch Architects- who find their common ground in an engagement with London, as a city of found fragments. Perhaps uniquely among world cities London exists as a series of largely unplanned, independent, layered fragments which nonetheless come together for a host of legal, political, and economic practicalities. In responding to this conception of London, each practice seeks to resist the temptation of “hallmark” architecture in favor of one which is contextually sensitive and rigorously place-specific. Indeed, the practices’ appreciation of the fragmentary and unplanned applies both to the London that they find, as well as to the London they leave behind.

Venice Biennale 2012: Revisit - Customizing Tourism / Cyprus Pavilion

14:00 - 5 September, 2012
© Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

In a time of rapid physical and digital connections the global phenomenon of tourism becomes more and more of a common activity. Tourism brings people from all over the world on a common ground giving them the opportunity to interact with a locality, places, and people. However, the conventional tourist entertainment character and the lack of local interaction alienate the notion of the common ground in most tourist destinations. Resorts, theme-parks, international hotel chains, global market icons, and city guides turned tourism into a travelling monopoly with global rules that are applicable everywhere. Common ground is at stake!

The pavilion was curated by Charis Christodoulou and Spyros Th. Spyrou.

Venice Biennale 2012: Shifting Grounds (Beyond National Architecture) / Ireland Pavilion

12:00 - 5 September, 2012
© Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

The Irish Pavilion, designed by heneghan peng architects with the support of Arup, and curated by John McLaughlin, charts a position for Irish architecture in a global culture where the modes of production of architecture are radically altered. Ireland has developed a national culture of architecture derived from local place as a material construct. They now have to evolve our understanding in the light of the globalized nature of economic processes and architectural production which is largely dependent on internationally networked flows of products and data. They have just begun to represent this situation to themselves and others. How should a global architecture be grounded culturally and philosophically? How does it position itself outside of shared national reference points?

Venice Biennale 2012: An Interview with David Chipperfield

19:00 - 4 September, 2012
Venice Biennale 2012: An Interview with David Chipperfield

Director David Chipperfield discusses the ideas behind Common Ground and shares his response to the exhibitions featured inside the Arsenale at the 13th Architecture Biennale.

Venice Biennale 2012: Architecture as New Geography / Grafton Architects, Silver Lion Award

13:15 - 4 September, 2012
© Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

Inspired by Pritzker Prize laureate Paulo Mendes da Rocha’s call “to get architecture out of the making and thinking of isolated objects and to show it as an inexorable transformation of nature”, Dublin practice Grafton Architects presents Architecture as New Geography at the 2012 Venice Biennale. The exhibition explores the work of the Brazilian architect in the context of Grafton’s first South American project for a university in Lima, Peru.

The International Jury has awarded Grafton the Silver Lion for their “impressive” presentation’s ability to connect to the ideas of Paulo Mendes da Rocha and demonstrate the “considerable potential of this architectural practice in reimagining the urban landscape”.

AD Interviews: Alejandro Aravena / ELEMENTAL, Venice Biennale

12:02 - 4 September, 2012
AD Interviews: Alejandro Aravena / ELEMENTAL, Venice Biennale

Alejandro Aravena, Executive Director of ELEMENTAL, tells us more about The Magnet and The Bomb, their exhibit at the Venice Biennale. You can learn more about the projects presented at this installation: PRES Constitución and Calama PLUS.

Venice Biennale 2012: Elbphilharmonie / Herzog & de Meuron

19:55 - 3 September, 2012
Venice Biennale 2012: Elbphilharmonie / Herzog & de Meuron, © Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

Herzog & de Meuron’s exhibition at the Biennale is focused on the architecture of a symbolic project, with a complex history: 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 stateremains halted since last year due to legal issues with the contractor.