La Biennale di Venezia di Architettura 2016 – Padiglione SPAGNA

Sestiere Castello, Giardini della Biennale, Venice, Italy

7. Spanish PavilionUNFINISHED

Commissioner: Iñaqui Carnicero + Carlos Quintans. Curators: Carnicero + Quintans. Exhibitors: Contemporary Spanish Architecture.

Venue: Giardini

Spain’s “Unfinished” – Winner of the Golden Lion at the 2016 Venice Biennale.

Spain is one of the countries where the practice of architecture has been most affected by the economic crisis. There are few places on earth where such large numbers of buildings were built in such a short period of time. The lack of reflection over whether these projects were necessary or valid resulted in the subsequent abandonment of many buildings when their completion or maintenance was discovered not to be economically viable. Their appearance throughout Spanish territories has generated a collection of unfinished buildings where the factor of time was eliminated from the formula for making architecture.

Using photography as a filter to portray this reality, the Pavilion’s central space represents the optimistic view of those who have fought back against this recent past, understanding these inherited constructions as an opportunity.

The “Unfinished” exhibition, presented in the Spanish pavilion at the Biennale, seeks to direct attention to processes more than results in an attempt to discover design strategies generated by an optimistic view of the constructed environment.

The exhibition gathers examples of architecture produced during the past few years, born out of renunciation and economy of mens, designed to evolve and adapt to future necessities and trusting in the beauty conferred by the passage of time. These projects have understood the lessons of the recent past and consider architecture to be something unfinished, in a constant state of evolution and truly in the service of humanity. The current moment of uncertainty in this profession makes its consideration here especially relevant.

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