La Biennale di Venezia di Architettura 2016 – Padiglione EGITTO

Sestiere Castello, Giardini della Biennale, Venice, Italy

The 15th International Architecture Exhibition titled “REPORTING FROM THE FRONT” opened on May 28th and will end on November 27th 2016 in the Giardini, the Arsenale and various other venues in Venice. The Exhibition includes 88 Participants from 37 different countries, as well as 62 National Participation and a selected choice of Collateral Events.

As per the Biennale’s website “REPORTING FROM THE FRONT is about bringing to a broader audience, what is it like to improve the quality of life while working on the margins, under tough circumstances, facing pressing challenges. Or what does it take to be on the cutting edge trying to conquer new fields. It highlights the capacity and potential of architecture’s role inside communities”

1. Egyptian PavilionReframing Back / Imperative Confrontations.

Curator: Ministry of Culture, Commissioner: Ahmad Hilal, Exhibitors: Eslam Zenbaey, Luca Borlenghi, Gabriele Secchi, Mostafa Salim.

Venue: Giardini

The exhibition’s goal is to re-frame and position what the architects think of a successful architectural and urban conflict in the form of built projects, or even research proposals that attempted to highlight existing problems.

The exhibition titled Reframing Back//Imperative Confrontations, is displaying architectural projects largely by grassroots initiatives, students and young architects. The works presented can be broken down into two large categories – mapping investigations and (built-up projects and experimental proposals). The exhibition contains a various investigations about the Egyptian urban condition including sprawl, informal urbanism, desert vernacular architecture, coastal cities, and 19th– and 20th-century heritage buildings which have been all part of the parallel dynamics of growth in Egyptian context for the past half a century.

The catalog essay by Manar Moursi states that “this pavilion is in no way a comprehensive survey of all initiatives and works that have been produced recently in Egypt. It’s an attempt to introduce to a large audience the work of those individuals and collectives, students and professionals who have been searching for new operating models in Egypt and engaging in architecture as a field of critical intellectual inquiry. It is at the same time an opportunity to evaluate its potential for action and transformation.”

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