13th International Architecture Exhibition - la Biennale di Venezia:
29 Aug - 25 Nov 2012
01 Oct 2012 6:00 PM
Theory Seminar at the Biennale in Venice „Common Ground“

Open House reflects the search for the common in the apparently diverse in manyfold architectural design tools evoking social interaction between man and environment. These design tools are terms for creating connections without formal fixations. The variety of their formal expressions in different cultural backgrounds and times shows the individual appropriateness to function and resources. In this way a sound and authentic expression can be generated which is not imitating its ancestors but striving for the same, in terms of Japanese poet Matsuo Basho.
This method naturally implies "Social Awareness and Responsibility in Architecture" thematized by Tim Kannasch in the joint master seminar Bern, Genève, Fribourg at Pro Helvetia, Switzerland.
Open House sets out the unity of man and environment as point of departure of an ongoing research in architectural language. This paradigm is an indicator for good architecture in different cultures throughout history, presence and future. Its actual significance shows in the widening context of our globalized world and the difficulty of defining the idea of community in the present focus on the individual as stated by David Chipperfield in this years Biennale program "Common Ground".

Florentine Sack:
born in 1968, researcher and freelance architect in Berlin, studied architecture at TU-Braunschweig and Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, where she graduated in 1994. She received her doctorate from University of Innsbruck in 2002 with Prof. Dr.-Ing. Eda Schaur as her doctoral advisor.
She worked as a research associate at the Insitute for Structure & Design of the University of Innsbruck from 1998 until 2004 and, since 2009, has returned there as lecturer. She has been a guest critic and lecturer at various architecture schools in Germany and Switzerland and was guest professor at the Costume Design unit of the Faculty Design, UdK Berlin (Berlin University of the Arts) in 2009.
Florentine Sack is interested in architectural design tools conveying multiple connections between man and the environment, the insights of which were published as "Open House - Towards a new Architecture", jovis 2006. Since 2006 she has also contributed several articles in magazines and through public talks.