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Venice Biennale 2012: 13178 Moran Street

16:00 - 20 September, 2012
Venice Biennale 2012: 13178 Moran Street, © Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

Grounds for Detroit – In this collaborative project, a distinct urban space – the mid-block of residential neighborhood – has been imported to Venice from Detroit. The installation is a recreation – and re-imagining – of a project undertaken in a abandoned single-family house in Detroit 2010.

Venice Biennale 2012: Álvaro Siza. Viagem sem Programa

15:00 - 18 September, 2012
Venice Biennale 2012: Álvaro Siza. Viagem sem Programa, © Fernando Guerra
© Fernando Guerra

Álvaro Siza. Viagem sem Programa, on display at the Fondazione Querini Stampalia through the duration of the Venice Biennale, narrates the most personal aspects of Álvaro Siza’s work in architecture and his concept of life. In response to Siza being announced as the recipient of the 2012 Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement, curators Greta Ruffino and Raul Betti, along with organizer MedicinaMentis Cultural Association, began to work closely with the Portuguese master to put together this one-of-a-kind retrospective.

Venice Biennale 2012: Ruta del Peregrino

00:00 - 18 September, 2012
Venice Biennale 2012: Ruta del Peregrino, © 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.

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
Venice Biennale 2012: Aircraft Carrier / Israeli Pavilion, © 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.

Venice Biennale 2012: Märkli Architekt

14:00 - 14 September, 2012
Venice Biennale 2012: Märkli Architekt, © 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
Venice Biennale 2012: Pictographs - Statements of Contemporary Architects / Valerio Olgiati, © 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.

AD Interviews: Sergei Tchoban & Sergey Kuznetsov (SPEECH) i-city at the Venice Biennale

15:29 - 11 September, 2012
AD Interviews: Sergei Tchoban & Sergey Kuznetsov (SPEECH) i-city at the Venice Biennale

During the opening of the 13th Venice Biennale, we had the chance to talk with Sergei Tchoban and Sergey Kuznetsov, partners at SPEECH and curators of i-City, the Russian pavilion, awarded with a Special Mention at the Biennale.

AD Interviews: The Japan Pavilion at the Venice Biennale / Toyo Ito, Akihisa Hirata, Sou Fujimoto

11:38 - 10 September, 2012
AD Interviews: The Japan Pavilion at the Venice Biennale / Toyo Ito, Akihisa Hirata, Sou Fujimoto

During the opening of the Venice Biennale, we had the chance to sit down and talk with the curator and participants of the Japan Pavilion, awarded with the Gold Lion.

Venice Biennale 2012: The Filigree Maker / Kosovan Pavilion

13:00 - 9 September, 2012
Venice Biennale 2012: The Filigree Maker / Kosovan Pavilion, © 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.

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)

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: Public Works, Architecture by Civil Servants / OMA

15:00 - 5 September, 2012
Venice Biennale 2012: Public Works, Architecture by Civil Servants / OMA, © Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

“Forty years ago the public cause proved a powerful source of inspiration. Given the numbers of architects that chose to serve it, one might even speak of a common ground. In the age of the ‘starchitect’, the idea of suspending the pursuit of a private practice in favor of a shared ideology seems remote and untenable. In the context of the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale, this exhibition hopes to provide a small contribution towards finding that common ground once more…” – OMA Partner Reinier de Graaf, August 2012

Venice Biennale 2012: Revisit - Customizing Tourism / Cyprus Pavilion

14:00 - 5 September, 2012
Venice Biennale 2012: Revisit - Customizing Tourism / Cyprus Pavilion, © 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!