The themes of COP26 and of the Venice Biennale in the webinars organised by the Iris Ceramica Group
Hashim Sarkis, Alessandro Melis,
The last week of the opening of the 17th International Architecture Exhibition, also saw the conclusion of the offer of webinars promoted by the Iris Ceramica Group as part of Resilient Communities - Italian Pavilion at the Biennale di Venezia and organised by The Plan magazine. Thanks to the contributions of the many and important international guests on hand, introduced by architect Alessandro Melis curator of the Italian Pavilion and by prof. Roberto Buizza, physicist and mathematician at the Scuola Sant’Anna Pisa, and moderated by Nicola Leonardi, managing editor of The Plan, the themes of COP26, the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties were addressed and adapted to the architectural landscape.
The offer proposed by the Iris Ceramica Group recorded a high and interested participation on the part of architects and consisted of two series of webinars.
The first series, divided into four webinars – (Architecture and Mitigation, Architecture and Adaptation, Climate change and creativity, Architecture and integration) – explicitly concerned contributions, from an architectural point of view, to the pressing and urgent issues addressed in COP26, held in Glasgow from October 31 to November 13.
The second group of webinars, instead, consisted of two meetings focused on the theme of resilience. Resilience which, in the projects exhibited during the streamed events, was proposed as an approach, an application and a result to aim for. In particular, the cases examined looked at the different processes of urban regeneration, some already in progress, others in the process of being defined, carried out in what have been defined as the so-called "media cities". This term refers to a series of medium-sized Italian cities to which, on the occasion of the Venice Biennale, the Italian Pavilion has given an important visibility. In particular, the virtuous projects with which the current emergencies were tackled in these cities and the territorial planning underway for the future were presented. A concrete and important example of just how the unique nature of the Italian territory, namely the absence of large metropolises and the presence of an aggregation of medium and small towns and villages with their own strong "identity" does not always constitute a critical issue, but also a resource for the future.
Images courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia and Iris Ceramica Group
La Biennale di Venezia: photo by Francesco Galli (01), Andrea Avezzù (02-06)
Iris Ceramica Group: photo (07-10)