ARCHITECTURE FUND http://www.archfondas.lt/en/ Archfondas.lt POSTMODERNISM IS ALMOST ALL RIGHT. FROM EASTERN EUROPE TO THE GULF, AND BACK http://www.archfondas.lt/en/news/post/postmodernism-is-almost-all-right-from-eastern-europe-to-the-gulf-and-back WHAT: inspiring talk with architectural researcher Lukasz Stanek (UK) "Postmodernism Is Almost All Right. From Eastern Europe to the Gulf, and Back"

WHERE: at National Gallery of Arts (Konstitucijos av. 22, Vilnius)

WHEN: 2018 June 12 (Tuesday), 8 p.m.

 

In the final decade of the Cold War, accelerated architectural mobilities between Eastern Europe and the Middle East resulted in an enhanced circulation of architectural labour, materials, expertise, discourses, and images. This talk will show how the work of Bulgarian and Polish architects expedited a shift in transnational architectural culture in both Eastern Europe and the Gulf. Architects from socialist countries responded to the disenchantment with post-oil urbanization in the UAE and Kuwait, expressed by the widespread turn towards images, ways of use, and patterns of mobility associated with ‘traditional’ urbanism, and reinforced by postmodernism as the new mainstream in architectural discourse and practice. This talk shows how this shift was facilitated by re-contextualised expert systems, such as construction technologies or Computer Aided Design software, and by the specific portable ‘profile’ of experts from socialist countries.

 

Entrance is free, the lecture will be held in English. 

The talk is organised by Architecture Fund

Partner: Polish Institute in Vilnius

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2018-06-12
at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia http://www.archfondas.lt/en/venice-biennale/post/at-the-16th-international-architecture-exhibition-la-biennale-di-venezia Pavilion of Lithuania at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia

The Swamp School

Il Giardino Bianco Art Space

Via Giuseppe Garibaldi, 1814, Venice, Italy 

www.swamp.lt


Opening Hours: Tuesday  - Sunday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM 

Official opening on May 25th 4pm.

 

Learning from The Swamp

 

At the 16th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia Lithuania presents its first individual pavilion entitled The Swamp School. The project is curated by artists Nomeda and Gediminas Urbonas, commissioned by Pippo Ciorra, presented by the Lithuanian Council for Culture and produced by Architektūros Fondas.

 

In a world marked by political instability and threatened by wars and climate change, the Swamp School responds to Freespace by highlighting the vital urgency of human cohabitation with other forms of life. Reproducing the hybrid and inclusive environment of wetlands, the Pavilion of Lithuania will function as a learning lab to sense and discuss alternative models of coexistence between human and nature.

 

Suspended between air, land and water, the swamp is a liminal space inhabited by an incredibly vital ecosystem of rare animals and greenery. Resistant to human interference and surrounding threats, the swamp gives the opportunity to explore the idea of sympoiesis – making and becoming together – as an alternative paradigm for the future. 

 

Using a network of drainage pipes, curators will turn Il Giardino Bianco Art Space into a pedagogical laboratory where visitors will gradually immerse into the swamp environment. The multi-sensory experience will offer a journey through the sounds, the smells and the natural processes of wetlands, culminating in an outdoor space where a patch of Lithuanian swamp will be temporarily reinstalled.

 

Throughout Biennale Architettura 2018, The Swamp School will act as an ever-changing and open-ended platform for experimentation and research on the future of living. An interdisciplinary group of tutors with students from all over the world will shape installations and workshops in both the pavilion and Venice, turning the whole city into a learning environment.

 

Commissioner Pippo Ciorra said: “The swamp is a very good metaphor for the contemporary condition of both architecture and inhabited space. Today architecture is suspended between nature and artefact, ecology and politics, while space is bouncing back and forth between material and immaterial. Just like the swamp, which is at the same time water and land – just like Venice – borderless and in motion, a resource and a danger.” 

 

 

Curators Nomeda and Gediminas Urbonas said: “Given that every construction starts from land reclamation. Today, swamps seem to be the opposite of architecture. Made evident by global environmental disasters, wetlands are physically pushing back on our attempts to industrialize and control them. Instead of fighting our watery neighbors, we must embrace them as a place for future co-habitation. Indeed, swamp turns out to be a perfect milieu, the place, to learn, to understand, and to hear other species, forces and ecosystems that have been silenced and downgraded by us. Let’s try to envision: how could swamps benefit architecture?” 

 

 

It will open on Friday 25th May at 4:00 pm with the Audible Lansdscapes by Jana Winderen, from 9:30 pm to 22:30 – Performance by Francisco Lopez. 

 

 

Follow the news of the Swamp School on social media: 

#TheSwampSchool #PavilionofLithuania #TheSwampPavilion 

 

Twitter: @SwampPavilion

Instagram: @swamppavilion

Facebook:  TheSwampPavilion 

 

 

Press Office contacts:

Giedre Sileikyte, Press Officer

e-mail: media@swamp.lt

phone: 00370 6879 4230

 

 

The Swamp School

Pavilion of Lithuania

16th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, 2018

Venue: Via Giuseppe Garibaldi, 1814, 30122 Venezia VE, Italy.

www.swamp.lt

E-mail: info@swamp.lt

 

Curators: Nomeda and Gediminas Urbonas

Commissioner: Pippo Ciorra

Producer: Sandra Šlepikaitė, Architektūros fondas 

Assistant Curators: Jautra Bernotaitė, Andrius Ropolas, Kristupas Sabolius, Indrė Umbrasaitė, Paulius Vaitiekūnas

Project Ambassador Julija Reklaitė

Project Manager: Mindaugas Reklaitis

Production Coordinators: Adelė Dovydavičiūtė, Indrė Ruseckaitė, Alessandro Zorzetto

Editors: Jonathan Crisman, Mariel Villeré

Graphic Design: NODE Berlin/Oslo and Anna Haas

Communication: AUTORIAI (Giedrė Šileikytė) and Marta Atzeni

Presented by: The Lithuanian Council for Culture

 

Partners: MIT School of Architecture and Planning; Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp; Antwerp University; Università Iuav di Venezia; NABA Milan; Academy of Art and Design FHNW Basel; University of Iceland; Vytautas Magnus University Kaunas; a.pass Brussels; Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Städelschule Architecture Class – Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste Frankfurt, HFBK University of Fine Arts Hamburg, Contour Biennial 9 Mechelen

 

With the support of: MIT School of Architecture and Planning; MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology; MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology; The Nordic Culture Fund; Office for Contemporary Art Norway, UAB Durpeta. 

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2018-05-26
CONTINUITY AND CHANGE IN THE ARCHITECTURE OF EDUCATIONAL BUILDINGS http://www.archfondas.lt/en/discussion/post/continuity-and-change-in-the-architecture-of-educational-buildings It is important to strengthen the connection between the fields of re-use and real estate develop-ment. The restoration of heritage must be given a more prominent role as an alternative in resolv-ing the demands on the market. Apart from economical and environmental benefits, heritage and history can inspire the social and cultural development of children and young adults.


The conversation is arranged in collaboration with VGTU Faculty of Architecture.

The talk is held on March 22th at the National Art Gallery (NDG), Konstitucijos av. 22, Vilnius.

Entrance is free of charge.

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2018-03-22
INFLUENCE OF COLOURS IN LEARNING ENVIRONMENT http://www.archfondas.lt/en/news/post/influence-of-colours-in-learning-environment Based on cooperation and a European study, taking into consideration the different phases of children development and how children, teenagers and young adults interact with their environment, the purpose is to present inspiring colours associations, in learning environments suitable with users needs.

 

The conversation is arranged in collaboration with VGTU Faculty of Architecture.

The talk is held on February 8th at the National Art Gallery (NDG), Konstitucijos av. 22, Vilnius.

Event starts at 8 p.m. Entrance is free of charge. Lecture will be held in English.

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2018-02-08
A place which permits the joy in the small things of life and democratic living http://www.archfondas.lt/en/discussion/post/a-place-which-permits-the-joy-in-the-small-things-of-life-and-democratic-living Education was regarded as a vital component of the strengthening of democracy in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War. In England, the extensive school building programme embarked on involved a generation of architects and educators committed to public engagement. The idea was to see how far it was possible, through the opportunities of national school building renewal, to (without discouraging teachers who preferred traditional methods), encourage those teachers who were exploring approaches that more fully utilised space and equipment.

 

This presentation will explore some of the major influences on the international effort to design the modern school, fit for purpose in the post war decades. It will examine the particular influence of Crow Island School, Winnetka, north of Chicago, USA on European school architecture and education.

The conversation is arranged in collaboration with VGTU Faculty of Architecture.

The talk is held on February 1st at the National Art Gallery (NDG), Konstitucijos av. 22, Vilnius.
Event starts at 8 p.m. Entrance is free of charge. Lecture will be held in English.

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2018-02-01
HOUSING CHOICE – OR HOW TO NEGOTIATE THE OPPORTUNITIES http://www.archfondas.lt/en/discussion/post/housing-choice-or-how-to-negotiate-the-opportunities This talk is exploring the educational opportunities found in engaging an old factory by the sea with initiatives, in playful dialogue with regulations, limitations, difficulties and strain. Questioning how searching the path for a school can lead far off track of plausible institutional regimes. 

 

The conversation is arranged in collaboration with VGTU Faculty of Architecture.

The talk is held on January 25th at the National Art Gallery (NDG), Konstitucijos av. 22, Vilnius.

Event starts at 8 p.m. Entrance is free of charge. Lecture will be held in English.

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2018-01-25
NEW EDUCATIONAL CONCEPTS AND THE SCHOOL BUILDING http://www.archfondas.lt/en/discussion/post/new-educational-concepts-and-the-school-building More individual learning concepts as well as the desire to work in groups of changing size and composition has lead to a breaking-up of traditional floor-plan concepts over the last 10 years. «Learning landscapes» as well as «classroom clusters» are replacing the combination of corridors and classrooms. The lecture will showcase new school buildings and adaptions mainly from Switzerland, but also from Germany, and Scandinavia.

  

The conversation is arranged in collaboration with VGTU Faculty of Architecture.

The talk is held on January 19th at the National Art Gallery (NDG), Konstitucijos av. 22, Vilnius.

Event starts at 8 p.m. Entrance is free of charge. Lecture will be held in English.

 
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2018-01-19
Approaching Citizenship http://www.archfondas.lt/en/discussion/post/approachingcitizenship Co-curators of the U.S. Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, Ann Lui and Mimi Zeiger, will give insight into the curatorial practices and research leading into Dimensions of Citizenship. Interrogating the spatial conditions of design and citizenship, their exhibition will present works by architects, designers, artists, and thinkers who are responding to today’s shifting modes of citizenship, and putting forth visions of future ways of belonging.

 

The talk is a part of “The Swamp Pavilion”  - Lithuanian representation in 16th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia.

 

The talk will take take place on January 5th in the National Gallery of Art, Konstitucijos ave. 22, Vilnius.
The talk will start at 20:00 and will be in English. Event is free.

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2018-01-05
SCHOOL AS A SOCIAL INFRASTRUCTURE http://www.archfondas.lt/en/discussion/post/school-as-a-social-infrastructure Being a special place for the community and a place for innovation, elementary schools should be prepared for a future supporting general public’s changing needs. This lecture explores the potential of school as a community garden, multi-generation center, historical site and disaster shelter.

 

The conversation is arranged in collaboration with VGTU Faculty of Architecture.

The talk is held on December 6th at the National Art Gallery (NDG), Konstitucijos av. 22, Vilnius.

Event starts at 8 p.m. Entrance is free of charge. Lecture will be held in English.

 

 

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2017-12-06
The City of Social Media http://www.archfondas.lt/en/discussion/post/the-city-of-social-media This lecture explores social media as a new form of urbanization, the architecture of how we live together. Social media has constructed a new kind of virtual city that has taken over many of the functions of the traditional city. It also redefines and restructures physical space. We now inhabit a kind of hybrid space between virtual and real. As with the arrival of mass media in the early 20th century, social media redraws again what is public and what is private, what is inside and what is outside. It even redefines and restructures physical space, the architecture of houses and cities.

 

The talk is a part of “The Swamp Pavilion”  - Lithuanian representation in 16th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia. 

 

The talk will take take place on November 24th in the National Gallery of Art, Konstitucijos ave. 22, Vilnius.
The talk will start at 20:00 and will be in English. Event is free.

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2017-11-24
ARCHITECTURAL WORKSHOP http://www.archfondas.lt/en/venice-biennale/post/architectural-workshop  

Lithuania will be represented at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale by the Architecture Fund’s project titled The Swamp Pavilion. Organizers invite architects and designers to participate in the workshop to create the design of the most ambitious pavilion of 2018!

 

The project’s concept is based on the fact that on the edge of the primary biennale space – Giardini there is the only area where new construction may still be possible. It is a triangular patch of water, next to the territory of the Biennale, separated only by a fence. This public space on a water is a proposition for an alternative mode of growth for the Biennale, one that forgoes claims on ever more precious and costly private urban land.

 

This specific territory in Venice is the proposed location for The Swamp Pavilion as an expansion of national territory within the international context of the Biennale. The specific limits of the site inhibits incursion onto the land area, locating the pavilion where pre-existing elements of air and water are available. The Swamp Pavilion aims not so much to occupy a place as to create a space of constant re-creation, one in which it would be possible to offer various acts, one where the role being formed is itself highlighted. In this way, the theme of a defined architectural form is connected with pedagogical – that is, shaping – practice. The Swamp Pavilion consisted of dynamically connected elements will operate as a constantly changing space for “swampy” sensual experiences and creativity. During the Biennale In the pavilion will be held series of workshops for architecture students to analyze non-material architectural forms and fill the territory with new senses. Architects are invited to create the architectural space, which would get along with water and would take a dynamic, ecosystemic and conceptual action.

 

Architects, who would like to participate in the workshop between 25th and 27th of November, are invited to send their sketches of The Swamp Pavilion. The pavilion project will be developed during the workshop and will be realized in Venice.

 

 

More about The Swamp Pavilion here and here.

More about the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale and its theme Free space here.

 

 

 

Contact: pavilion@archfondas.lt

 

Organizer: Architecture fund


Workshop partner: VAA Nida Art Colony

 

Lithuanian Council for Culture and Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania finances representation of Lithuanian pavilion in Venice Architecture Biennale.

 

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2017-11-17
Matter and form of the imagination http://www.archfondas.lt/en/discussion/post/matter-and-form-of-the-imagination Kristupas Sabolius is a writer, an associate professor of philosophy at Vilnius University (Lithuania) an ex-Fulbright fellow at Stony Brook (State University of New  York). Sabolius collaborated with Lithuanian theatre directors and wrote a few plays, contemporaneously conducting a philosophical research on the subject of imagination. In his research, Sabolius considers imagination as the point of intersections between phenomenology, psychoanalysis, arts, cinema, theatre or even neuroscience.

 

The talk is a part of “The Swamp Pavilion”  - Lithuanian representation in 16th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia.  

 

The talk will take take place on November 9th in the National Gallery of Art, Konstitucijos ave. 22, Vilnius.

The talk will start at 20:00 and will be in Lithuanian. Event is free.

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2017-11-09
Makeshift Modernity: DIY, Craft and the Virtuous Homemaker in New Soviet Housing of the 1960s http://www.archfondas.lt/en/news/post/makeshift-modernity-diy-craft-and-the-virtuous-homemaker-in-new-soviet-housing-of-the-1960s WHAT? Architecture [news] fund and Vilnius University, Faculty of History present an inspiring talk by Susan E. Reid ‘Makeshift Modernity: DIY, Craft and the Virtuous Homemaker in New Soviet Housing of the 1960s’

WHERE? Vilnius Universitete, Faculty of History, hall 211, Universiteto g. 7, Vilnius

WHEN? November 2, 2017 [Thursday], 6 PM. In English.

 

HOW THE SPEAKER IS EXCEPTIONAL?


Susan E. Reid is a Professor of Cultural History at the Department of Politics History and International Relations, Loughborough University. She has published widely on visual and material culture, art, gender, consumption, and the everyday in the USSR, focusing on the 1950s–1960s. She has also researched Cold War art, design and visual culture, including Soviet participation in, and reception of, international exhibitions and World Fairs. Currently she is completing an oral history project on everyday aesthetics, socialist modernity, consumption and identity in Khrushchev-era housing, provisionally entitled Khrushchev Modern: Making Oneself at Home in the Soviet 1960s. 

 

HOW THE TALK IS INSPIRING?


In cities across the Soviet Union in the late 1950s and early 1960s, new housing developments of plain five-storey apartment blocks mushroomed thanks to an intensive programme for mass industrialised housing construction launched by the Party-State in 1957. Modern living conditions were to be created for millions, it was promised, through state planning and investment in the modernisation of construction, making maximum use of technology and factory prefabrication in place of bricklaying and other artisanal methods. Drawing on oral history and material culture, this article attends to some contradictory, seemingly unplanned and un-modern aspects of popular agency entailed in producing the modern Soviet environment, including the role of local improvisation, DIY and manual craft. These were not necessarily resistant to or subversive of the socialist state’s modernisation project but had a more complex and ambivalent relation to it, as complementary or compensatory accommodations that “tuned” universal models to local contingency.

 

The talk organised by Architecture[news]fund and Vilnius University Faculty of History.

 

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2017-11-02
The architect as policy whisperer http://www.archfondas.lt/en/discussion/post/the-architect-as-policy-whisperer Policy whispering implies the activation of architectural production for the sake of future public policies, i.e. dealing with architecture’s capacity to influence - in a pro-active manner – the political agenda. How to implement policy whispering into contemoprary architectural discipline?

 

The talk is a part of “The Swamp Pavilion”  - Lithuanian representation in 16th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia. 

 

The talk will take take place on October 24th in the National Gallery of Art, Konstitucijos ave. 22, Vilnius.
The talk will start at 20:00 and will be in English. Event is free.

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2017-10-24
Architectural Practice and Education http://www.archfondas.lt/en/recommendation/post/architectural-practice-and-education International Conference ʺArchitectural Practice and Education“ is organised by Department of Architecture at Faculty of Architecture at Vilnius Gediminas Technical University on October 19-20. It is dedicated for the 95th anniversary of Department of Architecture. 

 

Department or Architecture is an architecture school has its own unique ʺface’’, educational principles.

The exhibition of of the Department of Architecture students‘ works will be open, also the publication ʺDepartment of Architecture“ will be presented during the conference.

 

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE "ARCHITECTURAL PRACTICE AND EDUCATION"

Architecture department - architecture school has its own unique ,,face’’, educational principles. However, the situation is ever-changing, dynamic and is getting more and more globalized and it encourages to look for new educational forms and methods. Conference is dedicated not just to take a look at works of the past but also to share experience with other famous architecture schools and architecture practitioners.

 

The tendencies of contemporary architecture evolution, artistic quality, creativity in practice and education is the object of this conference. That is a search, insights and predictions of a new look at architecture practice and educational links. More and more the gap can be sensed between architecture theory, academic studies and practice. Very often theoretical investigations, educational articles and thesis, dissertations stay in shelves and do not give any practical or academic benefit. So this conference raises such questions: what kind of connection should be between theoretical investigations and architectural practice? How should architectural practice and academic studies be connected? Does academic education of architects should be directed to training skills of craft or development of creative personality?

 

The aim of the conference - to investigate problem of creativity in contemporary architecture practice and education, to set, identify main architectural studies principles, specifics and evolution. To supplement existing scientific research resources in contemporary architecture with relevant works to architects guild and academic society. To define place of contemporary architecture in time and space to highlight educational goals, priorities and methods. It is aimed for metabolism of practical ideas and theoretical thought by widening discourse opportunities on international level and in academic community. Conference is dedicated for architects practitioners, researchers and academia. It is planned that there will be participating and reading reports the most famous Lithuanian and famous worldwide/international architects that are participating in practical and academic activities: OLE GUSTAVSEN (AHO, Snohetta, Norway), JING LIU (SO-IL, USA), JAN-RICHARD KIKKERT (Amsterdam Academy of Architecture, Architectenbureau-K-2, Netherlands).

 

The work of the conference will be held in sections, according to the research directions and themes:

1. Interaction 

2. Theories 

3. Innovation 

4. Creativity 

5. Transformation

6. Vision 

7. Final speeches and discussions

 

Conference website: http://ape.vgtu.lt/index.php/architektura/2017

Conference programme: PROGRAMME

E-mail: ape@vgtu.lt


Scientific conference "Architectural Practice and Education" will be held from 9:30 on October 19-20, at the conference hall of the Architects Association of Lithuania, Kalvarijų 1, Vilnius


THE EXHIBITION of the Department of Architecture students‘ works will be open on October 17-27 in Kalvarijų 1, Vilnius, afterwards you will find it on the web.


THE PUBLICATION ʺDepartment of Architecture“ will tell about the development of the department, will list its academic members and study modules, also an intersting information about the life of the department will be presented. The publication will be introduced during the conference.


You are welcome to take part at the anniversary events.


According to information by Department of Architecture at Faculty of Architecture at Vilnius Gediminas Technical University

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2017-10-19
SWAMP: our brain, planetary kidney and architecture of cohabitation http://www.archfondas.lt/en/discussion/post/swamp-our-brain-planetary-kidney-and-architecture-of-cohabitation This talk will be a first official presentation of “The Swamp Pavilion”  - Lithuanian representation in 16th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia. Nomeda and Gediminas Urbonas, curators of the pavilion will present a conceptual framework of the project and will discuss why and how the swamp is relevant today. In light of our age marked by existential threats of war and mutually assured destruction, of climate change and its enforcement of new global patterns of disaster and migration, the Swamp Pavilion interrogates the relevance of a single country’s representation when these transnational crises have become the norm.

 

The talk will take take place on October 12th in the National Gallery of Art, Konstitucijos ave. 22, Vilnius.

The talk will start at 20:00 and will be in Lithuanian. Event is free.

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2017-10-12
Competition „HOW NOT TO WIN AN ARCHITECTURAL COMPETITION“ http://www.archfondas.lt/en/recommendation/post/competition-how-not-to-win-an-architectural-competition The participants of the competition „HOW NOT TO WIN AN ARCHITECTURAL COMPETITION“, and the following exhibition, are called to submit a set of instructions (based on their own personal experience of investment and loss in an architectural competition) on how not to win an architectural competition. The set of instructions will be accompanied by a visual representation of the lessons that the participants hard earned wisdom. The result of the competition will be a book, a compendium of knowledge that will serve for all the future endeavors regarding entering an architectural competitions world wide. Even though the competition is lighthearted we hope that the entries we receive from the contestants will be a personal, thoughtful and honest look back on their own experience in architectural competitions, and that we will all collectively have something new to learn, along with a few laughs.

 

The exhibition of the received entries will be organized as a part of the first Spatial Culture Festival, organized by Associations of Novi Sad Architects.

 

September 18 – submission deadline. Registration fee - 15 euros. More information: http://architecturalinstructions.org/.

 

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2017-09-18
Lithuanian representation in 16th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia http://www.archfondas.lt/en/venice-biennale/post/lithuanian-representation-in-16th-international-architecture-exhibition-la-biennale-di-venezia Following a decision by the Lithuanian Council for Culture, Lithuania will be represented at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale by the Architecture Fund’s project titled The Swamp Pavilion.

 

In light of our age marked by existential threats of war and mutually assured destruction, of climate change and its enforcement of new global patterns of disaster and migration, the Swamp Pavilion interrogates the relevance of a single country’s representation when these transnational crises have become the norm. Perhaps the opposite is true: ephemeral architecture suspended in air and in water allows one to look for new models for national borders which, rather than create division and mark territorial claims, instead propose novel forms of coexistence and interaction.

 

The project’s concept is based on the fact that the primary biennale space is nearly built to its limits. The edge of the Giardini, the majority of parkland in Venice, is the only area where new construction may still be possible. However, this area lacks even land: it is a triangular patch of water, next to the territory of the Biennale, separated only by a fence.

 

This space is not technically part of the Giardini, but is instead a virtual expansion of the firmament on its southwest side, the Viale dei Giardini Pubblici. This public space is a proposition for an alternative mode of growth for the Biennale, one that forgoes claims on ever more precious and costly private urban land, and instead suggests the possibility of an open and generative urbanism, a living organism that invites in both new publics and existing communities. This is a grey zone, belonging at once to all, and at the same time, to no one.

 

This specific territory in Venice is the proposed location for the Swamp Pavilion. The project as action is simultaneously belligerently radical and peacefully diplomatic. On the one hand, it is a provocation regarding the expansion of national territory within the international context of the Biennale. On the other hand, the specific limits (or boundaries) of the place inhibits incursion onto the land area, locating the pavilion where pre-existing elements of air and water are available. In this Janus-like project, two identities become intertwined: that of a human as a representative of a particular nation with a human as a part of and cohabiting with “nature,” and therefore representing an inhabitant of planet earth.

 

Perhaps today a pavilion should act as a swamp: a sphere generating grey zones, a living organism in which any clearly defined borders can be questioned. A problematic space becomes a perfect place to reflect on problematic divisions. On what basis is ownership or territory defined? Which occupants of a place are agents and which are witness? Where can a new language be found, and what new aesthetic can it offer?  What is material and what is not? What is the relationship between matter and imagination? How is materiality revealed in architecture? What is tomorrow? Perhaps today we must celebrate the long-maligned swamp!

 

In this context, the theme of immateriality becomes an important point of reference. The Swamp Pavilion aims not so much to occupy a place as to create a space of constant re-creation, one in which it would be possible to offer various acts, one where the role being formed is itself highlighted. In this way, the theme of a defined architectural form is connected with pedagogical – that is, shaping – practice. The Swamp Pavilion is a project of the imagination, during the construction of which non-material architectural discourses will be created with the help of broad-based educational practices.

 

The project is conceived as an open work, a continuous, unfinished, and networked process unfolding in space and time. Its multi-layered ontology is both produced and performed by diverse and overlapping tools and geographies: the lecture series organized by the Architecture Fund; research expeditions inquiring into boundaries and forms across global swampian cultures; ongoing documentation of the negotiation process for the land and water in Venice; the book that brings together theories to build a meta-discourse on the utopian imaginary versus material reality; and a set of manuals that function as a script/musical score for and record of the pedagogical workshops of the swamp summer school that perform possible variations of  the Swamp Pavilion’s construction.

 

THE SWAMP PAVILION TEAM

CURATORS: Nomeda and Gediminas Urbonas*

COMMISSIONER: Pippo Ciorra**

CO-COMMISSIONER: Sandra Šlepikaitė

COORDINATOR: Mindaugas Reklaitis

ASSISTANT CURATORS: Andrius Ropolas, Indrė Ruseckaitė, Kristupas Sabolius, Matas Šiupšinskas, Paulius Vaitekūnas and Jautra Bernotaitė

EDITORS: Jonathan Crisman, Mariel Villere

PRODUCER: Architecture Fund***

SUPPORTED BY: Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania, The Lithuanian Council for Culture, Lithuanian Embassy in Italy

 

Website: www.archfondas.lt/en/venice-biennale

Email: pavilion@archfondas.lt

FB: The Swamp Pavilion

  

* The project’s curators Nomeda and Gediminas Urbonas are artists, educators and co-founders of the Urbonas Studio, an interdisciplinary research practice that facilitates exchange amongst diverse nodes of knowledge production and artistic practice in pursuit of projects that transform civic spaces and collective imaginaries. Urbonas’s work has been exhibited at the Sao Paulo, Berlin, Moscow, Lyon, and Gwangju Biennales; the Manifesta and Documenta exhibitions; and in solo shows at the Lithuanian Pavilion, 52nd Venice Biennale (2007) and MACBA in Barcelona (2008) among others. Gediminas co-edited the volume Public Space? Lost and Found (SA+P Press and MIT Press), which brings together artists, planners, theorists and art historians in an examination of the complex inter-relations between the creation and uses of public space and the roles that public art plays therein. Urbonas Studio is currently working on Zooetics - a research project that explores the potential to connect with the noethics and poetics of non-human life in the context of the planetary ecological imbalance. Gediminas is Associate Professor and Director at the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology in the School of Architecture and Planning. Nomeda is a MIT research affiliate and PhD researcher at the NTNU – Norwegian University for Science and Technology. More at: nugu.lt/us

 

** The project’s commissioner Pippo Ciorra is an architect, critic and professor, member of the editorial board of "Casabella" (1996-2012), and author of many essays and publications. In 2011 he published an overview of the conditions of architecture in Italy, Senza architettura, le ragioni per una crisi (Laterza). He has published monographic studies on Ludovico Quaroni (Electa, 1989), Peter Eisenman (Electa, 1993), and on museums, cities, photography and contemporary Italian architecture. Ciorra teaches design and theory at SAAD (University of Camerino) and is the director of the international PhD program "Villard d'Honnecourt" (IUAV). He has curated and designed exhibitions in Italy and abroad. Since 2009, Ciorra has been Senior Curator of MAXXI Architettura in Rome. His major exhibitions include “Re-cycle,” “Energy,” and “Food,” as well as “Small Utopias,” a traveling show on ten Italian architects. He curates the Italian branch of YAP, the MoMA PS1 international program for young architects.

 

*** The project’s producer Architecture Fund is a voluntary, non-profit, non-governmental public institution operating in the fields of architecture, education and culture. The institution functions as an open platform hosting "bottom-up" initiatives and is funded by culture support programs of the Republic of Lithuania, commercial sponsors and international funds. Since 2004, Architecture Fund has initiated a long list of projects including Lithuanian representation in the 15th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia; festival Open House Vilnius; Lithuanian representation in The International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam - IABR 2014, Architecture [discussion] Fund inviting more than 100 speakers from all over the world.

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2017-09-06
A Complex Utopia, "In Therapy" http://www.archfondas.lt/en/news/post/a-complex-utopia-in-therapy Nordic architecture is arguably approaching a crossroads: continue in the vein of the status quo or begin to holistically re-evaluate the role of architecture as a political, formal and functional practice. Based on the curatorial concept behind In Therapy, the exhibition of the Nordic countries (Finland, Norway and Sweden) at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale, this talk will present the presupposed paradoxes at the heart of Nordic architecture and suggest how, and why, the sands are starting to shift. This discussion will be framed by the historical (and theoretical) post-war call for a political and cultural union between the Nordic nations and the Baltic countries (“Baltoscandia”), examining why such a utopian ambition appears to persist today.


The talk will take place:

18:00, 1 August 2017 

Contemporary Art Centre Reading Room

Vokiečių g. 2, Vilnius, LT- 01130 


Language: English

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2017-08-01
UNWRITTEN http://www.archfondas.lt/en/discussion/post/unwritten In 2014, a Latvian pavilion devoted to post-war soviet architecture was presented at Venice Architectural Biennale. The curators of the exhibition put forward a provocative question – is there any modernist architecture in Latvia, and noted that there are no acknowledged documentation, research and evaluation of post-war architecture. The exhibition has served as architectural database of the mentioned period and as an urge to consider the buildings for the list. What has changed since then and has heritage protection agencies acknowledged modern heritage? These questions will be discussed in a lecture by architect from Riga.

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2017-05-04