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The students of Interior Design visit the 14th Biennale of Architecture

The students of Interior Design visit the 14th Biennale of Architecture

The students of Interior Design visit the 14th Biennale of Architecture

30 SPD students visited Fundamentals, the 14th edition of the Venice Biennale of Architecture and attended the closing conference given by the curator Rem Koolhaas.

Yesterday a group of 30 SPD students, mainly from the Master in Interior Design, visited Fundamentals, the 14th edition of the Venice Biennale of Architecture that is closing today. Three interlocking exhibits are spread over the two official venues of the Venice Biennial, the Giardini and the Arsenale and across the entire city. The trip guided by Matteo Pirola, professor of History of interior architecture, included the Absorbing modernity 1914-2014 exhibition with 65 national pavilions, the Monditalia exhibit and the Elements of architecture anthology that displays the architectural and engineering fundamentals as evolved  across space and time. In the afternoon the students had the chance to attend the closing lecture given by the curator Rem Koolhaas. Contrary to the tendency of recent events, this year’s Biennale is said to be more about architecture than about architects: it’s about essential construction elements – from the door and floor to window and wall – and the way they progressively shifted from the discipline of architecture itself to become something else, when colliding with modernity. This is the preface by Koolhaas that can be read upon entrance of the Central Pavillion of the Giardini:

Architecture is a profession trained to put things together, not to take them apart.
Just as science has recently shown that all of us carry “inner” Neanderthal genes, each architectural element too carries long strands of junk DNA that dates from time immemorial…
In this exhibition, we examine micro-narratives revelled by focusing on the scale of the detail or the fragment. Elements of Architecture looks at the fundamentals of our buildings, used by any architect, anywhere, anytime: the floor, the wall, the ceiling, the roof, the door, the window, the facade, the balcony, the corridor, the fireplace, the toilet, the stair, the escalator, the elevator, the ramp…
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At the point where the 21st century is beginning to reveal some of its likely essences, the exhibition reconstructs, in stories, fables, anecdotes, scripts, inventories, how the major elements of architecture evolved across different cultures, where and when they collided with modernity, and how are starting to mutate in the digital age, delivering drastically improved levels of control to feed an obsessive need for security and comfort…
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The elements themselves develop a degree of digital consciousness – constantly recording, communicating (with each other), anticipating – and we are only beginning to explore what this means for architecture…

  • The students of Interior Design visit the 14th Biennale of Architecture
  • The students of Interior Design visit the 14th Biennale of Architecture
  • The students of Interior Design visit the 14th Biennale of Architecture
  • The students of Interior Design visit the 14th Biennale of Architecture
  • The students of Interior Design visit the 14th Biennale of Architecture
  • The students of Interior Design visit the 14th Biennale of Architecture
  • The students of Interior Design visit the 14th Biennale of Architecture
  • The students of Interior Design visit the 14th Biennale of Architecture
  • The students of Interior Design visit the 14th Biennale of Architecture
  • The students of Interior Design visit the 14th Biennale of Architecture
  • The students of Interior Design visit the 14th Biennale of Architecture
  • The students of Interior Design visit the 14th Biennale of Architecture
  • The students of Interior Design visit the 14th Biennale of Architecture
  • The students of Interior Design visit the 14th Biennale of Architecture