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Encounters in Optimism: Utopia in a Finite World

  • 04:15 - 17 August, 2016
Encounters in Optimism: Utopia in a Finite World
Encounters in Optimism: Utopia in a Finite World, La Chateau de Venise. Image Courtesy of VAi
La Chateau de Venise. Image Courtesy of VAi

In late August, the Flanders Architecture Institute will organise Encounters in Optimism: Utopia in a Finite World, an interactive programme of lectures, debates and workshops that will take place in various national pavilions at the Venice Architecture Biennale. The overarching theme is "the architectural utopia in a finite world."

Together with The British Council, the Deutsches Architekturmuseum and the Creative Industries Fund NL, the Flanders Architecture Institute has put together a programme for architects, students and the general public to reflect on how architecture can redefine the city. The economic climate and the idea of utopia are the main topics in these discussions.

The Flanders Architecture Institute invites several architects, critics and writers to discuss the material making of architecture in relation to the notion of utopia within the context of the messiness of everyday life. These discussions will be used as an elaboration on the exhibition BRAVOURE in the Belgian pavilion.

Thursday August 25 2016

  • 1.00 - 2.45 pm: debat / Imagining the Future?
    Keynote debate  between Darran Anderson (author of Imaginary Cities) and Adrien Verschuere (Baukunst) about the role of human imagination in the creation of our world.                                                                 
    German pavilion, Giardini, Biennale di Venezia
     
  • Throughout the day: vernissage pop-up exhibition / Utopia in a Finite Wolrd
    Temporary exhibition with installations, performances and interventions as the result of a student workshop
    Giardini, Biennale di Venezia

Friday August 26 2016

  • 10.30 - 12.00 am: discussion / Architecture and Representation
    Discussion with photographers Filip Dujardin, Bas Princen, Jan Kempenaers and Mark Pimlott
    Belgian pavilion, Giardini, Biennale di Venezia
     
  • 2.00 pm: panel talk / Beauty and Judgment
    Panel with Angela Deuber (ADA), Adrien Verschuere (Baukunst), Andrea Zanderigo (Baukuh, San Rocco) and Rowan Mackinnon-Pryde (Reiach & Hall Architects, AE Foundation)
    British pavilion, Giardini, Biennale di Venezia
     
  • 4.00 - 6.00 pm: discussion / Utopia and the Everyday
    Discussion with Ellis Woodman, Eric Lapierre, Mark Pimlott, Bart Verschaffel, Gideon Boie, Paul Vermeulen and Christoph Grafe 
    Belgian pavilion, Giardini, Biennale di Venezia
     
  • 6.30 - 7.45 pm: discussion / Critical Practices
    Discussion with Pieterjan Gijs and Arnout Van Vaerenbergh, Laura Muyldermans, Bart Hollanders and Bart Decroos
    Baltic Pavilion, Palasport Arsenale, Biennale di Venezia

Saturday August 27 2016

  • 10.00 am: book reading / The Baltic Atlas
    Book reading and talk with Dagnija Smilga, Johan Tali and Jonas Žukauskas (Baltic curatorial team)
    Baltic Pavilion, Palasport Arsenale, Biennale di Venezia
     
  • 11.30 am: panel talk / Baltoscandia
    Panel with Dagnija Smilga, Johan Tali, and Jonas Žukauskas (Baltic curatorial team) and James Taylor-Foster (Nordic curatorial team)
    Nordic pavilion, Giardini, Biennale di Venezia
     
  • 1.00 pm: discussion / Architecure and Migration
    Discussion with Tobias Kister (Feldschneiders + Kister architects), Jan-Robert Kowaleski (WBM Housing, Berlin), Peter Cachola Schmal (DAM) and curator Oliver Elser
    German pavilion, Giardini, Biennale di Venezia
     
  • 3.00 pm: discussion / Building the Social
    Discussion with Manual Herz (Manuel Herz Architects), Mo Smit (COCOCAN), Maurizio Scarciglia (Nauta17) and Gideon Boie (BAVO Research)
    German pavilion, Giardini, Biennale di Venezia
     
  • 5.00 pm: Closing event / Constructing the city
    Discussion with Tony Fretton, Ewald Engelen and Christoph Grafe
    German pavilion, Giardini, Biennale di Venezia

This event is free to biennale attendees.

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Cite: "Encounters in Optimism: Utopia in a Finite World" 17 Aug 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/793483/encounters-in-optimism-utopia-in-a-finite-world/> ISSN 0719-8884

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