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AD Interviews: Pedro Alonso, Curator of the Chilean Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale

01:00 - 28 July, 2014
AD Interviews: Pedro Alonso, Curator of the Chilean Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale

We had the chance to sit down with Pedro Alonso, one of the curators of the Chilean pavilion “Monolith Controversies,” at the 2014 Venice Biennale, to learn more about the concept and inspiration behind the Silver Lion-winning pavilion. “We were interested in demonstrating that architects didn’t absorb modernity, but rather, they supplied it. The ones who absorbed it were the workers and the people,” Alonso told us, outside of a replica of a Chilean apartment – the entrance to the Pavilion. “The absorption of modernity has to do with the pieces we are exhibiting. For example, this apartment, the apartment of Mrs. Silvia Gutiérrez in Viña del Mar, which is an exact replica – object by object- of the 518 things that make up her living room.”

100 Architects From 6 Continents Discuss "Time Space Existence" at the 2014 Venice Biennale

01:00 - 27 July, 2014
100 Architects From 6 Continents Discuss "Time Space Existence" at the 2014 Venice Biennale, Time Space Existence. Collateral Event at the 2014 Venice Biennale.. Image © Nico Saieh
Time Space Existence. Collateral Event at the 2014 Venice Biennale.. Image © Nico Saieh

The much anticipated Time Space Existence collateral event at Palazzo Bembo and Palazzo Mora for the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale brought together a diverse group of 100 architects from six continents in an "extraordinary combination." Summoned by the Dutch non-profit Global Arts Affairs Foundation, the exhibitions the architects were asked to produce documents current developments and thoughts in architecture, highlighting fundamental questions by discussing the philosophical concepts of Time, Space and Existence. Featuring well established architects next to lesser known practices, they all share a "dedication to architecture in the broadest sense of their profession."

Sufficiency – Inside the Malaysia Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale

00:00 - 26 July, 2014
Sufficiency – Inside the Malaysia Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale, Sufficiency. The Malaysia Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Image © Nico Saieh
Sufficiency. The Malaysia Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Image © Nico Saieh

The Malaysia Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale focuses on the idea of sufficiency, and its role in creating sustainable and modest architecture.

Inside "Re-Creation" - Finland's Pavilion at Venice Biennale 2014

00:00 - 26 July, 2014
Inside "Re-Creation" - Finland's Pavilion at Venice Biennale 2014, Re-Creation. The Finnish Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale.. Image © Nico Saieh
Re-Creation. The Finnish Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale.. Image © Nico Saieh

Re-Creation is a two-part installation based on a concept by Anssi Lassila. One part of the installation was constructed by a Finnish master carpenter and his team, and the other by a Chinese team. Together the two parts of the installation strike up a subtle and complex dialogue between the architects and local builders.

"Bungalow Germania" - Germany's Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2014

01:00 - 25 July, 2014
"Bungalow Germania" - Germany's Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2014, Bungalow Germania. The German Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale.. Image © Nico Saieh
Bungalow Germania. The German Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale.. Image © Nico Saieh

Germany's contribution to the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale scrutinizes the architecture of representation, its crisis, and potential cessation. Aside from the universal ambition of modernism to break with the past, Germany has undergone a number of decisive political and societal breaks during the last hundred years. Through the question of how the nation "(re)builds and represents itself through architecture, we are able to discuss the friction between national identity and architecture expression—however, architecture is not only a mirror to ideology, but a constituting reality and societal context."

"Mouthful of Meetings" Seminar at Venice Biennale & Exhibition at Helsinki Design Week

00:00 - 24 July, 2014
"Mouthful of Meetings" Seminar at Venice Biennale & Exhibition at Helsinki Design Week

What are the challenges in Africa's current rapid socio-economic development that architects have the capacity to address? Can foreign architects play any role on the African continent today and during the coming decades? If so, how?

Inside the Italian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale – Innesti/Grafting

00:00 - 24 July, 2014
Inside the Italian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale – Innesti/Grafting, Innesti/Grafting. The Italian Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Image © Nico Saieh
Innesti/Grafting. The Italian Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Image © Nico Saieh

The Italian Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale looks at the country’s architecture through the lens of “grafting,” or the transferring of new ideas onto preexisting realities and structures.

Ticollage City / Costa Rica Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2014

00:00 - 22 July, 2014
Ticollage City / Costa Rica Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2014, Courtesy of Costa Rica Pavilion
Courtesy of Costa Rica Pavilion

Curated and commissioned by German Architect / Urbanist Oliver Schütte and Dutch Anthropologist / Economist Marije van Lidth de Jeude, Costa Rica's first pavilion at the Venice Biennale focuses on a competition-winning project for the new Costa Rican Legislative Assembly, a project which illustrates the "vicious circle of social segregation and spatial fragmentation in the Greater Metropolitan Area of Costa Rica (GAM)."

Light Matters: The Missing Element At the Venice Biennale

00:00 - 22 July, 2014
Light Matters: The Missing Element At the Venice Biennale, Toilets, at "Elements of Architecture" at the Venice Biennale. Image © Nico Saieh
Toilets, at "Elements of Architecture" at the Venice Biennale. Image © Nico Saieh

“Elements of Architecture,” the Rem Koolhaas-curated exhibition at the 2014 Venice Biennale, delved into several remarkable structural as well as technical components of architecture, including floors, walls, doors, stairs and toilets. But why was light missing? 

Ideal/Real: The Argentine Pavilion at the Venice Biennale

01:00 - 22 July, 2014
Ideal/Real: The Argentine Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, © Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

The Argentine pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale analyzes modernity in terms of the IDEAL and the REAL by looking at how the country has used “ideal” modern ideas to construct the reality of its cities.

The curators, Emilio Rivoira and Juan Fontana, structured the exhibit around eight periods, selecting cinema clips to represent the ideal and the real.

Condemned to be Modern: Inside Mexico’s Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2014

00:00 - 21 July, 2014
Condemned to be Modern: Inside Mexico’s Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2014, © Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

Mexico’s pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale is centered on Octavio Paz’s reflections on the contraposition between tradition and modernity. Echoing the request from Rem Koolhaas that the national pavilions focus on the theme Absorbing Modernity 1914-2014, Paz’s writings establish that “…modernity, for the last one hundred years has been our style. It is the universal style. Wanting to be modern seems like madness, we are condemned to be modern.”

VIDEO: Marcio Kogan's Studio SC

00:00 - 20 July, 2014
VIDEO: Marcio Kogan's Studio SC

Textures and Ants is one of five videos on display by Studio MK27 at the Palazzo Mora as part of the "Time Space Existence" exhibition, running parallel to the Venice Biennale.

Rem Koolhaas' "Elements": Uncovering Architecture's Origins, Assuring Its Future

01:00 - 15 July, 2014
Rem Koolhaas' "Elements": Uncovering Architecture's Origins, Assuring Its Future, Elements of Architecture. Image © Nico Saieh
Elements of Architecture. Image © Nico Saieh

ArchDaily has been asking architects "What is Architecture?" for over 6 years. It's a question that few interviewees answer without hesitation or bristling. But after asking over 200 architects, we've noticed a pattern: even though many people start very similarly, the answers soon diverge in a way that demonstrates the promise of the profession. And no matter how architecture is defined, the strong majority of architects hold an underlying belief in its ability to influence.

Craftsmanship: Material Consciousness - Inside Indonesia’s Pavilion at Venice Biennale 2014

00:00 - 15 July, 2014
Craftsmanship: Material Consciousness - Inside Indonesia’s Pavilion at Venice Biennale 2014, © Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

At its debut at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2014, Indonesia offers a peek into the country’s past 100 years of architectural history in its pavilion: “Craftsmanship: Material Consciousness.” Moving images projected onto glass panels tell Indonesia’s story through the development of six materials, traced over time: wood, stone, brick, steel, concrete and bamboo. See images of the pavilion and enjoy a statement from the curators after the break.

Bekkering Adams Create Hanging Installation in Venice

00:00 - 8 July, 2014
Bekkering Adams Create Hanging Installation in Venice, © Jeroen Musch
© Jeroen Musch

Dutch practice Bekkering Adams Architecten, in cooperation with ABT and BeersNielsen, recently unveiled an installation at the Palazzo Mora, Venice as part of a collateral event with this year's Venice Biennale. Entitled Form-ContraForm, the sculptural piece reflects on the conceptual and human perception of space - something which they describe as "a space that surrounds and envelops." Distilling architecture's fundamentals (which is also the theme of this year's Biennale) down to the definition of co-ordinates in space, the experience created by Bekkering Adams is akin to the notion of "the mass versus the cavity."

Inside "Open: A Bakema Celebration" - The Dutch Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale

01:00 - 8 July, 2014
Inside "Open: A Bakema Celebration" - The Dutch Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale, Open: A Bakema Celebration. The Netherlands Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Image © Nico Saieh
Open: A Bakema Celebration. The Netherlands Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Image © Nico Saieh

"We consider Bakema not so much an architect of buildings, but an architect of a new idea of what Holland could be--a new national identity, a new national landscape…with an architect in the center of this particular ambition." - Guus Beumer, co-curator of the Dutch Pavilion at the 14th Venice Biennale

Video: Charles Jencks on the 2014 Venice Biennale

00:00 - 7 July, 2014
Video: Charles Jencks on the 2014 Venice Biennale, Courtesy of Architectural Review
Courtesy of Architectural Review

In this extended interview by the Architectural Review, Charles Jencks provides an in-depth description of the 2014 Venice Biennale and critiques his former student Rem Koolhaas' overall curation and theme: Fundamentals.

Interview with Jean-Louis Cohen, Curator of the French Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale

01:00 - 3 July, 2014
Interview with Jean-Louis Cohen, Curator of the French Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale

On the morning that France accepted a Special Mention for its exhibition "Modernity: Promise or Menace?" at the Venice Biennale, Curator Jean-Louis Cohen spoke to us about the questions raised within, on, and around the walls of the French Pavilion. Standing in front of a model of the farcical Villa Arpel from Jacques Tati's famous film "Mon Oncle," Cohen explained that France didn't just absorb modernity (as Rem Koolhaas proposed) but that France inspired modernity, providing different expectations, promises and, as the title suggests, menaces.