25-05-2018

Biennale, Unfolding Pavilion at Gino Valle's IACP in Giudecca

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The 16th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia has a huge range of collateral events during the preview week.



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Biennale, Unfolding Pavilion at Gino Valle's IACP in Giudecca The 16th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia has a huge range of collateral events during the preview week. And one of the highlights is “Unfolding Pavilion: Little Italy” at the Giudecca Social Housing estate designed by Gino Valle in the 1980s, where it took over one of the empty homes.


Unfolding Pavilion: Little Italy is a pop-up pavilion. Curated by Davide Tommaso Ferrando, Daniel Tudor Muntenau and Sara Favargiotti, the pavilion is sponsored by the Innsbruck University and the University of Trento, and was made possible due to the collaboration with the City of Venice and Insula spa; it will be open from 25 to 30 May 2018, during the vernissage of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia.
The 2018 edition of Unfolding Pavilion: Little Italy will be hosted inside the public housing estate (IACP) on the island of Giudecca designed between 1980 and 1986 by the architect, Gino Valle. More specifically, in the common zones and in one of the estate's empty apartments, currently unfit for use and therefore vacant. 
These spaces have been revamped and set the scene for a continuous stream of events to be held over the 5-day period: an exhibition, a symposium and a programme of cultural events, all dedicated to - or inspired by - Valle's project, one of the most interesting and acclaimed examples of social housing in the second half of the twentieth century.
The event was organised in collaboration with members of the Little Italy network: an international community involving more than 120 Italian architects, collectives and architecture firms, all of whose partners were born in the 1980s. A genuinely refreshing and innovative vision, a place where people can informally discuss not only the legacy of the twentieth century masters but also the present and future identity of Italian architecture, where different generations of designers, critics, publishers, researchers, professors, curators, artists, etc. will be sharing ideas and experiences. 
In order to set up Unfolding Pavilion: Little Italy inside the Gino Valle-designed public housing estate (IACP) in Giudecca, one of the most valuable examples of incorporating a new building in an already strongly characterised context, from the 1980s, the team refurbished one of the empty homes, unit no. 7. This is a triplex unit that is accessible from an elevated walkway, with unique views over the lagoon and the historical centre, and it has been turned into a temporary gallery in the best pop-up tradition. The estate's common spaces - a real “Freespace” - provide the backdrop for the programme of public events 
At the end of the exhibition, the temporary gallery will be converted back to one of the available social housing units, unoccupied for five years, to be finally returned to the citizens of Venice as housing.
Unfolding Pavilion: Little Italy is the second iteration of the curatorial project called Unfolding Pavilion, held for the first time from 26 to 31 May 2016, during the vernissage of the 15th Architecture Biennale in Venice, in the Casa alle Zattere designed by Ignazio Gardella between 1953 and 1958.

Christiane Bürklein

Unfolding Pavilion: Little Italy
curated by Davide Tommaso Ferrando, Daniel Tudor Muntenau and Sara Favargiotti
25 - 30 May 2018
as part of the vernissage of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia
Giudecca, Venice
Find out morei: http://unfoldingpavilion.com/
Images: ZA2 - http://zaquadrato.com/complesso-residenziale-giudecca-gino-valle

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