SUSTAINABLE DYSTOPIAS | ABITARE AT BIENNALE DI VENEZIA

March 16, 2008

Abitare will be present throughout the 11st Venice Architecture Biennale. In the Italian Pavilion, which standsat the entrance to the Biennale Gardens, there will be the Experimental Architecture exhibition curated by Aaron Betsky with Emiliano Gandolfi. Here Abitare has its own room devoted to contemporary Dystopias created by the politics and the rhetoric linked to sustainability.

The Abitare installation, which has is origins in debates and new perspectives around the relationships between nature and the city, in which took the form of an editorial published in mo. 481 of Abitare and has developed in tandem with journalists from Volume magazine. The exhibition, within three bookstore cubes, brings together a series of radical material around the issue of sustainability (models, books, project archives, news).

A series of extreme scenarios might push out cities towards an increase in the general quality of life or, on the contrary, towards different outcomes – which are difficult if not impossible to both control and to predict, which would lead to decline and degeneration and make these places unlivable.
As a way of illustrating the fine line between urban utopias and dystopias, a film made by Armin Linke (in collaboration with Karlsruhe University of Art and Design) will be projected on the wall at the centre of the installation. The film shows the way in which flocks of birds invade Roman skies and the tactics used to shift them away.

Project Information

location: Venezia, Milano
year: 2008
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Architectural Design
BOERI STUDIO (Stefano Boeri, Gianandrea Barreca, Giovanni La Varra)

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