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Temporary Architecture, Experimental

Project timeline

May 25th 2018 – May 29th 2018



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The Biennale di Venezia

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Collaborators: Ana Victoria Munteanu, Eliza Rabiniuc Mocanu, Magda Vieriu, Octavian Hrebenciuc

Authors: abacO; ANALOGIQUE; Arcipelago; Babau Bureau; Boano Prišmontas; Bunker; Campomarzio; Fabio CAPPELLO + Giuseppe RESTA; Fabio CAPPELLO + Rossella FERORELLI + Luigi MANDRACCIO + Gian Luca PORCILE; Michele D’ARIANO SIMIONATO & Caterina STEINER; Roberto DAMIANI ; ECÒL; ENTER; False Mirror Office, gosplan, LINEARAMA, pia, UNO8A; Davide Tommaso FERRANDO + Sara FAVARGIOTTI; Forestieri Pace Pezzani; Malapartecafé; oblò - officina di architettura + Figura/Sfondo; Giacomo PALA + Riccardo M. VILLA + Jörg STANZEL; Gabriele PITACCO; ROBOCOOP; Emilia ROSMINI & Emiliano ZANDRI; Giorgia SCOGNAMIGLIO & Lorenzo ZANDRI; STUDIO associates + atelier XYZ + Davide Tommaso FERRANDO; StudioERRANTE Architetture + Diego BEGNARDI + Giovanni BENEDETTI; Studiospazio; TCA THINK TANK + ZarCola Architetti; Davide TRABUCCO; WAR (Warehouse of Architecture and Research).


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April 12th, 2020

Unfolding Pavilion: Little Italy Change this

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The Unfolding Pavilion is an exhibition project featuring each time a different theme inspired by the space it occupies, by means of commissioned works that react to it and to its wider cultural background. The occupied space is never a gallery, but a building of outstanding architectural value, whose manifold relationhisp with its context is brought to the fore by the project. The Unfolding Pavilion questions traditional notions of what architectural exhibitions should do. By existing at the same inside and outside the institutional frame of the Biennale, it criticizes the expensive vanity fair that gravitates around it, while recognizing its importance for the production of architectural knowledge. By acting inside of the social fabric, it raises the issue of the political agency of cultural production. By intersecting different disciplines, the Unfolding Pavilion blurs the boundaries between architecture, exhibition and performance, suggesting alternative ways to act in the city.


The Unfolding Pavilion pops up at major architecture events in previously inaccessible but architecturally significant buildings.
On each occasion it features a different theme inspired by the space it occupies, by means of commissioned original works that react to it and to its wider cultural-historic background. It doesn’t necessarily care about the hosting event’s theme. It lets its occupied space inspire its own theme. Without a good exhibition space it doesn’t have any reason to exist. Like any pop-up, it only lasts for a short but intense period of time. After closing its doors, its activity unfolds online with a continuously updated stream of content. Every two iterations of the 'Unfolding Pavilion’, a book is released, documenting (and retroactively critiquing) the whole process.

Giudecca Social Housing by Gino Valle

In 2018 it entered Gino Valle’s Giudecca Social Housing from the 25th to the 29th of May 2018, on the occasion of the vernissage of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition at the Biennale di Venezia. In order to do so, it refurbished one of its empty dwellings - the n.7, one of the triplex units that are accessible from the elevated walkway, with unique views over the lagoon and the historical center - so to convert it in a temporary gallery of works, and use the commons spaces of the complex as the poetic backdrop for a three days-long program of public events. After the ending of the exhibition, the temporary gallery will be converted once again in one of the available social housing units, after five years of being unoccupied, and finally returned to the citizens of Venice as such.

Little Italy

Little Italy is a proactive research project by Davide Tommaso Ferrando, Daniel Tudor Munteanu and Sara Favargiotti, which aims at stimulating a public debate about the principal traits of the generation of Italian architects who were born in the 1980s. Such effort is pursued, first of all, by mapping and investigating the most interesting practices that are currently tackling architecture from a diversity of points of view - as designers, editors, curators, critics, researchers, photographers, artists, and so on - so to discover who they are, where they live, what they do, how they do it and why. Then, through the organization of different activities based on different formats, Little Italy aims at collecting and highlighting the specific references, themes, methodologies, networks, imaginaries, aims and concerns of an age group whose identity has been shaped by three fundamental transitions - a geographical (from Italy to Europe), a mediatic (from paper to the Internet) and an economic one (from growth to recession) - so to to better understand its contemporary condition, and therefore foresee its possible futures.


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