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Call for Submissions: Outside the Box / Opening International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia

14:00 - 22 January, 2018
Call for Submissions: Outside the Box / Opening International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, Opening Dutch pavillion in 2014_Photo Simone Ferraro
Opening Dutch pavillion in 2014_Photo Simone Ferraro

On the occasion of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, and in response to its general theme 'Freespace', the teams of the Belgian, Dutch and Spanish pavilions launch a joint Open Call.

This Open Call seeks to engage students, architects, designers, researchers, curators and artists of all ages and nationalities, to develop site-specific projects that encourage collaboration, knowledge sharing and solidarity across borders. Projects should propose a spatial intervention and action in the outdoor space in front of the Spanish, Belgian and Dutch pavilions, and during the official opening day of the Biennale, 26 May 2018.

Venice Isn't Sinking, It's Flooding – And It Needs to Learn How to Swim

14:00 - 31 December, 2017
Venice Isn't Sinking, It's Flooding – And It Needs to Learn How to Swim, Acqua Alta in Piazza San Marco (2016). Image © James Taylor-Foster
Acqua Alta in Piazza San Marco (2016). Image © James Taylor-Foster

“Will you look at that? St. Mark’s Square is flooded!” An Australian day tripper is astonished. “This place is actually sinking,” her friend casually exclaims. They, like so many I’ve overheard on the vaporetti, are convinced that the Venetian islands exist on a precipice between the fragility of their current condition and nothing short of imminent submersion. With catastrophe always around the corner a short break in Venice is more of an extreme adventure trip than a European city-break. If it were true, that is.

Open Call to Architecture Students For Pavilion of Turkey at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale Di Venezia

19:30 - 18 December, 2017
Open Call to Architecture Students For Pavilion of Turkey at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale Di Venezia, Courtesy of Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV)
Courtesy of Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV)

The 16th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia will take place from May 26th to November 25th 2018, in Venice, Italy.

As the coordinator of the Pavilion of Turkey, Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) will host a series of events and student workshops throughout the Biennial.

This open call by the curatorial team invites students of architecture from all over the world to apply for these workshops in the Pavilion of Turkey.

Irish Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale to Explore the "Free Market" Towns of Ireland

04:00 - 27 October, 2017
Irish Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale to Explore the "Free Market" Towns of Ireland, Ballynahinch Market House in County Down, Northern Ireland. © <a href=“https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ballynahinch_Market_House_-_geograph.jpg”>Neil Clifton</a> licensed under <a href=“https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/“>CC BY 2.0</a>. Image Courtesy of Neil Clifton
Ballynahinch Market House in County Down, Northern Ireland. © Neil Clifton licensed under CC BY 2.0. Image Courtesy of Neil Clifton

The Irish Ministry for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht have announced Free Market as the theme of the Irish Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. A team of curators—including Laurence Lord (AP+E), Orla Murphy (Custom), Jeffrey Bolhuis (AP+E), Jo Anne Butler (Culturstruction), Tara Kennedy (Culturstruction), and Miriam Delaney (DIT)—will present an exhibition which explores the common space of market towns in Ireland.

Latvian Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale to Highlight Turning Points in 20th Century Apartment Block Design

04:00 - 23 October, 2017
Latvian Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale to Highlight Turning Points in 20th Century Apartment Block Design, © Ieva Raudsepa
© Ieva Raudsepa

The Latvian Ministry of Culture have announced Together and Apart: 100 Years of Living as the theme of the Latvian Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. Urbanist Evelīna Ozola, architect Matīss Groskaufmanis, scenographer Anda Skrējānem, and Director of the New Theatre Institute of Latvia Gundega Laiviņa will highlight "ideological turning points from the last one hundred years," presenting ways in which "architectural projects and processes of apartment blocks have embodied different ideas about living together and building a nation."

Turkish Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale to Host a Series of Student Workshops

10:15 - 20 October, 2017
Turkish Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale to Host a Series of Student Workshops, © IKSV
© IKSV

Following an open call, a selection committee coordinated by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) has revealed Vardiya (The Shift) as the theme of the Turkish Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. Curated by Kerem Piker, the exhibition will propose "a spatial organisation for meeting, encountering, and architectural production."

Israeli Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale to Explore the Idea of "Status Quo" Within Shared Holy Places

10:15 - 19 October, 2017
Israeli Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale to Explore the Idea of "Status Quo" Within Shared Holy Places, Israeli Curatorial Team (2018 Venice Architecture Biennale). Image © Daniel Sheriff
Israeli Curatorial Team (2018 Venice Architecture Biennale). Image © Daniel Sheriff

The Israeli Ministry of Culture have revealed In Statu Quo: Architecture of Negotiation as the theme of the Israeli Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. In the exhibition architects Ifat Finkelman, Deborah Pinto Fdeda, Oren Sagiv, and curator Tania Coen-Uzzielli, will examine "the complex mechanism of the 'Status Quo' within shared holy places in Israel-Palestine, which functions as an informal—if controversial and fragile—system of coexistence between rivals."

Drawing Event Will Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

08:00 - 7 October, 2017
Drawing Event Will Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Courtesy of Flickr user: dbaron
Courtesy of Flickr user: dbaron

On October 15th  four languages, three countries, and three astounding architectural projects will be brought together through a series of events and workshops to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation seeks to commemorate the event with a full day program of activities entitled Drawing the Guggenheim. Visitors can explore and sketch the museums during a variety of public drawing exercises, architectural tours, films and family events at each of the Guggenheim locations.

David Chipperfield to Transform 16th Century Building on Venice's Piazza San Marco

16:00 - 4 October, 2017
David Chipperfield to Transform 16th Century Building on Venice's Piazza San Marco, © Flickr user <a href='http://https://www.flickr.com/photos/10164913@N02/2516469444/in/photolist-4QnyGd-dhWG41-digA29-qPa1zK-dUhaP-rt1htR-dUh6x-zVLXp-8nwKR8-8nwNac-8nzWYJ-8nwLtV-8BMaUt-Jbdezg-JbdeQr-Jbdeki-HmHgDQ-J8VqfS-HSc9hm-Jbdf5e-JbdeCH-Jbdepg-J8Vqts-7bupS9-zVLVN-dhWHqH-xrJUQd-q9B4CA-dhWHnd-4u9bMS-dhWJvN-9Vbkxm-q9Pua6-9V8oVB-qP2GCA-zW6fb-6Hi9bj-2PhCUe-dUh46-axrnPY-5scZpr-qPbWFX-r6BHka-r6BEXp-q9PAXz-2LDZnZ-4mca3Q-2Pn1L7-76cYds-dfG3r8'>Gerry Labrijn</a>. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
© Flickr user Gerry Labrijn. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

David Chipperfield has been selected to lead a multi-million dollar restoration of Venice’s Procuratie Vecchie, a monumental building located on one edge of the city’s most famous square, Piazza San Marco, reports the Telegraph.

The city’s longest building, stretching 500 feet along the square, Procuratie Vecchie will be transformed into a venue of art exhibitions and seminars, as well a the home of a philanthropic institution with the mission of supporting vulnerable groups of people such as refugees. Its completion will mark the first time in 500 years that the public will be able to access the building.

SAIC and The University of Chicago Are Appointed Co-Commissioners of the US Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale

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SAIC and The University of Chicago Are Appointed Co-Commissioners of the US Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale, Dimensions of Citizenship graphic by Project Projects.
Dimensions of Citizenship graphic by Project Projects.

Chicago—The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and the University of Chicago jointly announced today their selection by the U.S. Department of State to serve as co-commissioners of the United States Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. As co-commissioners, the two institutions will organize Dimensions of Citizenship, the exhibition they proposed as the official United States contribution to the 16th International Architecture Exhibition, on view from May 26 through November 25, 2018.

Pop-In, Pop-Out, Pop-Up: Collapsible Street Cinema Uses Film to Reflect on Soviet Russia in Venice

08:00 - 30 September, 2017

Designed for the V-A-C Foundation, Venice-Based Israeli architect Omri Revesz’s adjustable Street Cinema rests lightly next to a canal in Venice, Italy, expanding, contracting, opening, and closing as its program changes. 

Acting as a social gathering point during the day and an open-air cinema at night, the structure was open for the 74th Venice Film Festival as part of the V-A-C’s Venice Art Biennale 2017 exhibition Space Force Construction – a reflection on the centenary of the Soviet Revolution.

© Nicolò Zanatta © Nicolò Zanatta © Nicolò Zanatta © Nicolò Zanatta + 22

Caruso St. John to Transform the British Pavilion Into a Politically Charged Meeting Space at 2018 Venice Biennale

04:00 - 29 September, 2017
Caruso St. John to Transform the British Pavilion Into a Politically Charged Meeting Space at 2018 Venice Biennale, The shipwreck in Act I, Scene 1 in a 1797 engraving by Benjamin Smith after a painting by George Romney. Via <a href=“https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Tempest#/media/File:George_Romney_-_William_Shakespeare_-_The_Tempest_Act_I,_Scene_1.jpg”>Wikimedia Commons</a> licensed under <a href=“https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/deed.en“>CC0 1.0 (Public Domain)</a>. Image © Benjamin Smith
The shipwreck in Act I, Scene 1 in a 1797 engraving by Benjamin Smith after a painting by George Romney. Via Wikimedia Commons licensed under CC0 1.0 (Public Domain). Image © Benjamin Smith

The British Council have revealed Island as the theme of the British Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. In the exhibition, Adam Caruso, Peter St. John (Caruso St. John), and Marcus Taylor will engage "with current political themes," and was submitted by means of an open call with reference to Shakespeare’s The Tempest:

Be not afeard; the isle is full of noises; Sounds and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not.

Dutch Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale to Explore Alternative Modes of Living, Work and Leisure

10:15 - 21 September, 2017
Dutch Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale to Explore Alternative Modes of Living, Work and Leisure, Anthropometric Data: Crane Cabin Operator vs Remote Control Operator. Image © Het Nieuwe Instituut
Anthropometric Data: Crane Cabin Operator vs Remote Control Operator. Image © Het Nieuwe Instituut

Het Nieuwe Instituut (HNI) have announced WORK, BODY, LEISURE as the theme of the Dutch Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. Envisioned as "a collaborative research endeavor by a national and international network," Marina Otero Verzier—head of the Research Department at HNI and a member of the After Belonging Agency, curatorial team behind the 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale—will act as the creative mediator of a series of collaborative contributions, pooling the expertise of "architects, designers, knowledge institutions, and the private sector."

German Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale Will Respond to Debates on Nations, Protectionism and Division

04:00 - 5 September, 2017
German Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale Will Respond to Debates on Nations, Protectionism and Division, Curators of the German Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. Image Courtesy of GRAFT
Curators of the German Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. Image Courtesy of GRAFT

In 2018, Germany will be reunified for 28 years, the precise amount of time that the inner German border wall—which was active from between 1961 and 1989—stood between "East" and "West". With this in mind, the German State have announced "Unbuilding Walls" as the theme of the German Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. Curated by GRAFT with Marianne Birthler, the exhibition will be designed to "respond to current debates on nations, protectionism, and division." 

Australian Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale Will Cultivate Thousands of Temperate Grassland Species

16:00 - 2 September, 2017
Australian Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale Will Cultivate Thousands of Temperate Grassland Species, Mauro Baracco and Louise Wright. Image © Sharyn Cairns
Mauro Baracco and Louise Wright. Image © Sharyn Cairns

Following an open competition, the Australian Institute of Architects have announced "repair" as the theme of the Australian Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. Baracco+Wright Architects, collaborating with artist Linda Tegg, will oversee the cultivation of "thousands of temperate grassland species" within the pavilion, alongside "large-scale architectural projections." According to the AIA, "visitors will enter a physical dialogue between architecture and endangered plant community, reminding us what is at stake when we occupy land."

Estonian Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale Will Investigate the Concept of the "Weak Monument"

14:00 - 2 September, 2017
Estonian Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale Will Investigate the Concept of the "Weak Monument", Curators of the Estonian Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. Image Courtesy of Estonian Architecture Centre
Curators of the Estonian Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. Image Courtesy of Estonian Architecture Centre

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."

The Power of Architectural Drawing: The Sketches That Saved St. Mark's

04:00 - 24 August, 2017
The Power of Architectural Drawing: The Sketches That Saved St. Mark's, <a href=“https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Study_of_the_Marble_Inlaying_on_the_Front_of_the_Casa_Loredan.jpg”>Study of the Marble Inlaying on the Front of the Casa Loredan, Venice. Pencil, watercolour, and bodycolour, 32 x 26.7cm</a> (1845) licensed under Public Domain. Image Courtesy of John Ruskin
Study of the Marble Inlaying on the Front of the Casa Loredan, Venice. Pencil, watercolour, and bodycolour, 32 x 26.7cm (1845) licensed under Public Domain. Image Courtesy of John Ruskin

This short essay, written by the author and critic Jonathan Glancey, coincides with the launch of the inaugural Architecture Drawing Prize – a competition curated by the World Architecture Festival, the Sir John Soane's Museum, and Make. The deadline for the award is the 18th September 2017 and successful entries will be exhibited in both London and Berlin.

For John Ruskin, Venetian Gothic design in the guise of polychromatic gasworks in Brentford, ornate factory chimneys in Croydon, glistering gin palaces in Bloomsbury and even the well-meaning Reform Club in Manchester was nothing short of anathema. Even at their risible best, these flamboyant Victorian buildings were idle travesties of the influential 19th Century critic’s beloved Ca’ d’Oro and Palazzo Ducale adorning the Grand Canal.

Álvaro Siza and Others Imagine Possible Scenarios for a Reconstructed Syria

07:00 - 23 August, 2017

Sketch for Syria, a project initiated by by Marco Ballarin and Jacopo Galli at IUAV, Venice, has brought together 150 architects from 26 nations in a large-scale effort to "imagine, trace and share possible scenarios" for Syria, following the recent devastation of the lives of its citizens and a significant amount of its architectural heritage.

In response to the United Nations' (UN-ESCWA) drafting of an agenda on July 14th, 2016 to consider ways of reconstructing the country, this drawing project has attracted contributions from the likes of Álvaro Siza, Philippe Rahm, Peter Wilson, and Francisco Aires Mateus.

Marco Ferrari / Italy. Image © Sketch for Syria Sean Godsell / Australia. Image © Sketch for Syria Philippe Rahm / France. Image © Sketch for Syria Ahmed Al Sahli / Syria. Image © Sketch for Syria + 19