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Venice Biennale 2014: "European-ness Porosity" Symposium

  • 00:00 - 2 June, 2014
Venice Biennale 2014: "European-ness Porosity" Symposium
Venice Biennale 2014: "European-ness Porosity" Symposium, Courtesy of Fundació Mies van der Rohe
Courtesy of Fundació Mies van der Rohe

"European-ness Porosity" is presented as part of “MADE IN EUROPE: 25 years of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award.”

From the Organizers. Europe is currently experiencing a paradigm shift from national to urban identities. As its boundaries become increasingly blurred, each city is claiming an identity of its own. Europe is predominantly urban, and the condition of the European city is related to a stratification of architectures, functions and events which, palimpsest-like, shape a compact, complex understanding of the urban experience that embraces its architectonic heritage, industrial development, social housing, archaeological sites, modern infrastructure and the cities rebuilt after WW2.

The globalisation process began with the emigration of artists and architects during WW1, and continuing with the exodus due to the rise of the Nazi Party in Germany and the start of WW2. In this sense, Europe acted as a transmission device, the key node in a complex process of emission and assimilation. Today we live in a liquid reality whose theme is permeability, a reality in which professionals and intellectuals can move across porous borders.

However, this concept also raises questions about whether there are still distinguishing features in European architecture beyond the “Made in Europe” label:

· Is the sense of European-ness something that can be transmitted?

· Is the complexity of the European urban experience exportable?

· Today, can we believe in “Learning from Europe”?

To debate these questions, a group of Commissioners from the different national pavilions of this year's La Biennale di Venezia will come together to share their views from within and beyond Europe's boundaries.

The symposium will look at the process of permeability and transfer of European architecture. It will be organised as follows:

The Director of the Fundació Mies van der Rohe will present the “European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award” in the context of Europe and the timeline of its development over the last quarter of a century.

Josep Lluís Mateo, moderator of the symposium will introduce the theme and will unlock the discussion with the seven panellists.

The panellists will be:

  • Iñaki Ábalos
  • Vittorio Gregotti
  • George Arbid
  • Jean-Louis Cohen
  • Semyon Mikhailovsky
  • Dominique Perrault
  • Murat Tabanlioglu
  • Kjetil T. Thorsen – Snøhetta

The symposium aims to foster a dynamic exchange of perspectives on the European architectonic situation.

The Row Zero of academics, critics and practising architects, including some of the Prize winners and Emerging Architects from recent awards such as Bernard Khoury, Peter Cachola, Anne Isopp, Jaume Barnada, Kees Kaan, Varvara Melnikova and Denis Leontyev.

Architects and commissioners from the different Biennale pavilions are also invited to participate in the symposium.

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Cite: "Venice Biennale 2014: "European-ness Porosity" Symposium" 02 Jun 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/512017/venice-biennale-2014-european-ness-porosity-symposium/> ISSN 0719-8884