Mibact, Italy’s Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Activities and Tourism, held a competition to select a curator for the Italian Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition, curated by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, and promoted by the Venice Biennale Foundation. The winner was Bolognese architect Mario Cucinella and his proposal "Italian Archipelago”, which will be the theme of the pavilion.
Archipelago because Cucinella is examining the traditional distinction between North and South, looking at the whole of Italy, from the Alps to the Mediterranean, as a single urban space made up of an archipelago of inner areas.
The Italian Archipelago becomes an opportunity to focus on expressions of quality in architecture, which cannot disregard an empathy with places, preferring a sense of proportion to grand gestures and taking into account the feasibility of a project. The reflection – explains the architect Cucinella - came from scientific research into the territory based on four transversal themes: architecture and landscape, infrastructure, society and economy”.
The research will be presented through around thirty designs that meet the contemporary needs of living, connecting, sharing and progress, with a special focus on theCentral Apennines in the period after the earthquake. Cucinella has also suggested taking the Italian Pavilion, outside the spaces of the Venice Biennale to concretely involve local communities and create a one-to-one relationship with the territory.