16th Venice Architecture Biennale Winners Announced
The international Jury of the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale, composed of Sofía von Ellrichshausen, Frank Barkow, Kate Goodwin, Patricia Patkau, Pier Paolo Tamburelli has announced the winning projects in a ceremony held on May 26, 2018 at Ca’ Giustinian, the headquarters of La Biennale di Venezia.
Golden Lion for Best National Participation has been given to Swiss Pavilion “for a compelling architectural installation that is at once enjoyable while tackling the critical issues of scale in domestic space.”
A special mention has also been awarded to Great Britain for “the courageous proposal that uses emptiness to create a ‘freespace' for events and informal appropriation."
Golden Lion for the best participant in the 16th Exhibition “Freespace” has been given to Eduardo Souto de Moura (Souto Moura Arquitectos - Porto, Portugal) for "the precision of the pairing of two aerial photographs, which reveals the essential relationship between architecture, time and place."
Silver Lion for a promising young participant has been awarded to Jan de Vylder, Inge Vinck, Jo Taillieu (architecten de vylder vinck taillieu - Ghent, Belgium) for “a project that possesses a confidence thanks to which slowness and waiting allow architecture to be open to future activation.”
Meanwhile the jury has decided to award two special mentions to Andra Matin (Jakarta, Indonesia) and Rahul Mehrotra (Mumbai, India; Boston, USA).
The English architect, historian, critic and educator Kenneth Frampton received the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement.
What do you think?
The most important question we have to ask is whether Robin Hood Gardens is really sufficient to meet today’s requirements. If not, would demolishment be the one and only solution to be brought up?
What kind of contributions will Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara make to the architecture scene with this open-ended Freespace theme? This is something that we will see in time.
There is no stronger contrasting image to the notion of free space than the one of borders, dividing territories and restricting access through definitions of nationality and citizenship.
If I have to summarize the biennale in one word, it would be “foggy”. And the main reason of the fogginess is the theme itself.
This year’s biennale felt as if we had tried a lot as architects to change the world for the better and failed
The pressure of the prestige makes the Venice Biennale highly hierarchical, hence, every recent general curator has been someone already well reputed in the architecture community.
When it comes to curatorship in architecture the position of the curator is much less debated.