14th International Architecture Exhibition, Venice Live and Green: Catalonia

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14th International Architecture Exhibition, Venice Live and Green: Catalonia
The Venice Architecture Biennale is almost upon us and, like two years ago, we are starting our “Live and Green” series. To start with, let’s take a look at “Arquitectures Empeltades/Grafting Architecture”, the major collateral event from Catalonia, curated by Josep Torrents i Alegre with Guillem Carabì Bescós and Jordi Ribas Boldú.

At the 14th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice, this year titled “Fundamentals”, the grafting theme comes up often, one example being in Architect, Cino Zucchi’s proposal for the Italian pavilion.

Catalonia is participating in the collateral events of the Venice Biennale for the second time. The event is presented by Istituto Ramon Llull, a consortium formed by the Generalitat de Catalunya and the City of Barcelona with the goal of internationally promoting all expressions of the Catalan language and culture. So, a selection of Catalan architectural projects that won a public competition, also involving architect, Olga Felip, who won a special mention in the Venice 2012 Next Landmark contest are being brought to Venice 2014.

Following the idea of grafting – a word borrowed from the botanical world – the aim of this exhibition is to drive a message of growth and renewal transmitting the idea of a new organism that combines the strengths of its original components and becomes stronger than its component parts. So, the works on exhibition showcase a range of project ideas, where the practice of grafting leads to the construction of buildings that harmoniously combine the features of already existing architecture with new designs; this symbiosis results in contemporary buildings that enrich their settings.

Livegreenblog will be attending the opening night on 5 June and we’ll be sharing our impressions of the event live: follow us with #floornaturelive.

14th International Architecture Exhibition, “Fundamentals”
Arquitectures Empeltades/Grafting Architecture - Catalonia
Address: Cantieri Navali / Calle Quintavalle / Castello, 40 /Venice
Opening times: From June 7th to November 23rd 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Closed Mondays (except June 9th and November 17th 2014)
Curators: Josep Torrents i Alegre (curator), Guillem Carabí Bescós (associated curator), Jordi Ribas i Boldú (associated curator)
Organization and production: Institut Ramon Llull
Executive Production: Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA)
General Coordination: Carlota Gómez
Link: http://www.llull.cat/monografics/venezia2014/english/index.cfm
Images: Courtesy of Institut Ramon Llull
1) Caldereria petita, rehabilitació d’habitatge entre mitgeres (2001-2002, Calderon - Folch - Sarsanedas Arquitectes, a Gelida) ©Rodrigo Díaz Wichmann
2) Clínica Arenys – can Zariquiey (2006-2013, Josep Miàs Arquitectes –Josep Miàs–, a Arenys de Munt)  © Adrià Goula
3) Centre cultural Casal Balaguer (1996 - en procés, Flores&Prats Arquitectes –Eva Prats i Ricardo Flores– i Duch-Pizá Arquitectos –M. José Duch i Francisco Pizá–, a Palma) © Adrià Goula
4) Espai públic Teatre La Lira (2004-2011, RCR Arquitectes –Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem i Ramon Vilalta– i Joan Puigcorbé, a Ripoll) © Hisao Suzuki
5) Auditori a l’església de Sant Francesc (2003-2011, David Closes, a Santpedor) © Jordi Surroca
6) Reforma de la Casa Bofarull (1913-1933, Josep Maria Jujol, als Pallaresos) ©Guillem Carabí


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