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14th International Architecture Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia
07 Jun - 23 Nov 2014
Events
20 Nov 2014 until 22 Nov 2014
«Salon Suisse» 2014 Closing Weekend: Final Assembly
Closing Weekend: Final Assembly

Cities are a collective endeavor built on ideas and visions. Based on high investments and slow returns they are a bet on the future. Yet, most of what makes cities work is not visible to the eye. Cities are also a social construct based on conventions, rules, even clichés.
While architecture has a defined role in real estate development, urban design is concerned with externalities and the distant future and has, especially in Switzerland, no clear standing. It is an interdisciplinary endeavor that takes commitment and discourse, a science of the generic and an understanding of the specific. It is not a project for autonomous authors, but for multi-lingual generalists.

Thursday, 20 November 2014 at 6pm
Night Ten: Plot, Play and Participation:

Daniela Kuka, Frédéric Kaplan

Fuelled by an abundance of energy, mobility and capital, pharmacological freedom from the consequences of sex and almost global, postcolonial peace, the years after the wars were a time of weightlessness with the conquest of outer space as its ultimate metaphor. Fate was replaced by choice, societal mores by emancipation. The ensuing multi-option society is being occasionally unified by visceral spectacles and fluidly organized by digital technologies trapping us in our own seeming uniqueness. Meanwhile, the transformative power that defined Modernity is slowly running out of steam. Frédéric Kaplan presents “Digital Venice” a collaborative effort by the EPFL and Ca’ Foscari University to reconstruct Venice’s past. Daniela Kuka applies “preenaction”, a method for experimental gamebased research of the future.


Friday, 21 November 2014 at 6pm
Night Eleven: Narratives, Descriptions and Scenarios:

Finn Canonica, Roger Monnerat, Lukas Bärfuss, André Bideau

Based on technological progress and near instantaneous communication, we have an almost perfect understanding of the current moment and as a result of the volatility we thereby generate no idea about tomorrow. Planning has become impossible, constant flexible adaptation the rule. But is this an inevitable result of progress, or a sign of a system having reached its maturity? What are alternative ways of thinking the future? How would a society, its cities and villages be organized to thrive under such scenarios? What happens to weightlessness when gravity kicks back in? What patterns will coalesce, what structures will solidify? And what can architecture provide to prepare?


Based on technological progress and near instantaneous communication, we have an almost perfect understanding of the current moment and as a result of the volatility we thereby generate no idea about tomorrow. Planning has become impossible, constant flexible adaptation the rule. But is this an inevitable result of progress, or a sign of a system having reached its maturity? What are alternative ways of thinking the future? How would a society, its cities and villages be organized to thrive under such scenarios? What happens to weightlessness when gravity kicks back in? What patterns will coalesce, what structures will solidify? And what can architecture provide to prepare?

Saturday, 22 November 2014 at 6pm
Night Twelve: Open Editorial Meeting and Party:

Finn Canonica, Roger Monnerat, Lukas Bärfuss, André Bideau

Throughout the events, lessons have been collected from the Salons and the Biennale as a whole. This last day is an attempt to sum up and reflect, structure and organize. It is also an editorial meeting for a planned publication in which the audience is invited to join.


To round off the last day, all guests are invited to a party with DJ TORU

Partner: Laufen Bathrooms AG

Furniture sponsors: USM U. Schärer Söhne AG; Cassina

Media partners: Das MagazinSpecialist journals TEC21, Tracés, archi / www.espazium.chOpendata.chwerk, bauen + wohnen
 

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