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L'Accademia di architettura di Mendrisio a Venezia presents: "The Practice of Teaching? Students vs Professors"
L'Accademia di architettura di Mendrisio a Venezia presents:

The Practice of Teaching? Students vs Professors

Saturday 10 November 2018 at 2PM
Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi, Dorsoduro 810 Venezia

‘The Practice of Teaching’ section at the 16th Venice Biennale gathers the works of architects who are also professors at the Academy of Architecture – USI located in Mendrisio. At times, the installations directly show the results of the teaching activity, while at others the reference is evocative, dialectical, or indirect. However, a recurring motif in all these interventions is the enrichment that the activity of teaching brings to architectural culture and its practice. Students discuss it in a public meeting with professors of the Accademia di architettura.

Participants include: Walter Angonese, Michele Arnaboldi, Valentin Bearth, Riccardo Blumer, Martin Boesch, Frédéric Bonnet, Mario Botta, Quintus Miller, João Nunes, Valerio Olgiati, Jonathan Sergison.

Open to all and the discussions will be held in Italian and English.
"Svizzera 240: House Tour" conference at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne!
The team behind "Svizzera 240: House Tour" at the Swiss Pavilion 2018. Left to right: Matthew van der Ploeg, Li Tavor, Alessandro Bosshard and Ani Vihervaara
Join us on Monday, 5 November at Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) for a conference with Swiss Pavilion 2018 architects Alessandro BosshardLi Tavor and Matthew van der Ploeg on their Golden Lion winning project  «Svizzera 240: House Tour» at this year's La Biennale di Venezia.

The event will be held in English and will take place at the Archizoom Project Room, SG EPFL Building at 6pm.

More details: https://archizoom.epfl.ch/isle_of_models_fr/page-157989-fr-html/
On Hochparterre now – Marcel Bächtiger: Life of a Salonnier
Hanns Zischler at the Salon Suisse 2018
Salonnier Marcel Bächtiger looks back at the second salon of Salon Suisse 2018 on Hochparterre

Salon Suisse returns next month for the final installment of the 2018 programme, looking into architecture in the age of Big Data and artificial intelligence.

Organised by Pro Helvetia, the Salon Suisse offers a series of lectures, talks and cultural events supplementing the exhibition at the Swiss Pavilion. 
The curators of the Swiss Pavilion 2018 "Svizzera 240" invite you to join the launch of "House Tour: Views of the Unfurnished Interior"
The curators of the Swiss Pavilion 2018 "Svizzera 240" invite you to join the book launch of "House Tour: Views of the Unfurnished Interior"

Thursday, 20 September 2018, 7pm
Never Stop Reading
Spiegelgasse 18, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland

In collaboration with Park Books, the curators of the Swiss Pavilion 2019, Alessandro Bosshard, Li Tavor, Matthew van der Ploeg, Ani Vihervaara, invite you to join the launch of "House Tour: Views of the Unfurnished Interior" this Thursday at the Never Stop Reading book store in Zurich. 

During the event, the curators will present the image research that acted as the basis for the Svizzera 240 project in discussion with contributors Dr Emma Jones and Professor Martin Steinmann. Imogen Macpherson and Luca Bazelli will show a collection of documentary images of contemporary Swiss interiors. And last but not least, graphic designer Martin Stoecklin and the curators will discuss and contrast the development of the ‘house tour’ in its two dimensional (book) and three dimensional (pavilion) formats, leading to a discussion on how the Swiss Pavilion Svizzera 240 both responds to, and incites, critical debates within contemporary architecture.

All of which you can experience, in less than an hour, with a drink in your hand.
Swiss Pavilion 2019 curator Charlotte Laubard participating in the «Schnittmengen» panel discussion at Kunstmuseum Basel
"Care or cure? Curatorial ethics today"

2 October 2018, 8–9:15 pm
Kunstmuseum Basel
Gegenwart, St. Alban-Rheinweg 60, 4052 Basel
Foyer, on the ground floor

The Swiss Pavilion 2019 curator Charlotte Laubard will participate in "Care or cure? Curatorial ethics today", one of the panel discussions in the «Schnittmengen» series, organised by the University of Basel at Kunstmuseum Basel.

The recent phenomenon of ever more frequent and ubiquitous largescale exhibition formats –often dubbed with the critical term „biennalization“– both has the potential of shifting the focus of the (predominantly western) art world to other, less visible art scenes, artists and locations, but has also been criticized as a new form of colonial gesture and as catering to purely economic motives. 

Given these debates, how can one define the scope of action of the individual actors–artists, curators, critics, visitors–within this context? What curatorial or artistic forms can we imagine that are neither paralyzed by the current state of global exhibition making, nor ostentatiously embrace the rhetorics of social change through curatorial practice? What curatorial approaches does and should global exhibition making engender? Is bigger always better? And how can the personal, aesthetic and political interest be developed into a certain „curatorial ethics“(Maura Reilly)?

These questions will be discussed by Charlotte Laubard (curator of the Swiss Pavilion, commissioned by Pro Helvetia, at the Venice Biennial 2019) and Nora Sternfeld (documenta-Professor Kunsthochschule Kassel).

The series of eikones-talks „Schnittmengen“ is conceived and moderated by Katharina Brandl and Claire Hoffmann. The talk will be held in English.

Svizzera 240 at the Centre culturel suisse in Paris
Installation view of “Svizzera 240: House Tour” at the Swiss Pavilion at the16th International Architecture Exhibition–La Biennale di Venezia, Photo: Christian Beutler / KEYSTONE
Svizzera 240 – A lecture by Swiss Pavilion 2018 architects Alessandro Bosshard and Li Tavor

25 September 2018, 8–10 pm
Centre culturel suisse
2-38 rue des Francs-Bourgeois / F-75003 Paris
Reservation: http://ccsparis.com/billetterie

On 25 September 2018, Alessandro Bosshard and Li Tavor, two of the architects behind "Svizzera 240: House Tour", will present the team's research that led to the Golden Lion Award winning project at this year's Swiss Pavilion at the 16th La Biennale di Venezia.
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February 2019
20 Nov 2018
Paleoanthropologist Marcia Poncé de Leon reports on human perception of space. Photos: RMphotostudio
For our German readers: Marcel Bächtiger, one of the four Saloniers of this year’s “Salon Suisse”, has written about the October salons of Salon Suisse 2018, which took place in Venice last month. Read "Aus dem Leben eines Saloniers, Teil 3” on the website of our media partner Hochparterre, check it out here

The “Salon Suisse”, initiated by Pro Helvetia, will continue with the final weekend of the 2018 programme from 22-24 November at Palazzo Trevisan Degli Ulivi.

Partner of the «Salon Suisse» is Laufen Bathrooms AG​
14 Nov 2018

A look back at the October Salon of Salon Suisse 2018!

Salon Suisse 2018 – October Salon: Investigating space as medium
13 Nov 2018
Salon Suisse 2018 – September Salon: Reconsidering the cultural value of architecture
02 Nov 2018
First round of competition for Swiss Pavilion at Architecture Biennale 2020 announced!
The Venice Architecture Biennale is considered one of the most respected platforms for architecture and urban design worldwide. In light of the 17th International Architecture Exhibition due to open in 2020, the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia has launched its second general competition for the exhibition project at the Swiss Pavilion.
This year, 51 dossiers were submitted to Pro Helvetia and in accordance to the competition regulations, seven projects have been selected for the shortlist of the competition.
These seven projects have been chosen by Pro Helvetia based on the recommendation of a specialised jury:
  •     «Les villes suisses se jettent à l'eau», a project of Paysage n’co sarl: Valérie Hoffmeyer, Monique Keller and Sylvie Kleiber - Geneva
  •     «Open Limit», a project of LVPH Architectes: Laurent Vuilleumier and Paul Humbert - Pampigny
  •     «The seven rules», a project of studioSML: Sara Cavicchioli, Léo Collomb, Max Collomb and Lisa Collomb - Lausanne
  •     «Thicknesses of the Swiss border», a project of Le Laboratoire d'architecture: Mounir Ayoub, Vanessa Lacaille, Fabrice Aragno and Pierre Szczepski - Geneva
  •     «True Story», a project of Patrick Arnold and Benjamin Groothuijse - Zurich
  •     «VILLA SVIZZERA», a project of Josephine Eigner, Michelle Geilinger, Dennis Häusler and Jan Westerheide - Zurich
  •     «Walla», a project of Mikael Blomfelt, Roger Boltshauser, Andres Bosshard, Veronika Spierenburg and Sabine von Fischer - Zurich
In the first round of the selection procedure, the jury conducted three stages of evaluation, which resulted in seven projects remaining in the competition. In stage one, the projects submitted were closely assessed and compared. Each jury member was instructed to personally rate the 51 entries and to pick a selection of them for the actual evaluation. Stages two and three consisted of comparing the results and cutting the number of projects retained down to seven.
The seven projects will be presented again to the jury in a meeting on 16 November 2018. The candidates that will be selected based on their presentation will be able to pursue and develop their projects for two months before the final assessment.
Pro Helvetia and the independent jury will nominate the final project for the Swiss Pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia 2020 in the course of 2019.
24 Oct 2018
Under the title “Lantern for fire flies”, Salonnière Laura Tinti presents a combination of lecture and light installation. In her exploration, we abandoned the immutable and protected scenography of the historic city centre to get to know an interstitial area of the mainland that is full of life. A site-inspired lighted installation, a prototype of a new possible scenario, was initiated at sunset.

By using an ideal connection between Venice and Zurich, the formal reality of the red light district in Zurich-Alstetten and the spontaneous streetwalkers’ patch of Via Fratelli Bandiera will be compared. Social experiments, creations of urban spaces dedicated and created in an ad hoc manner, as well as customary rules of the Italian territory were all discussed.
«Lantern for fire flies»
24 Sep 2018
Salon Suisse 2: Exploration 1 “The Anatomy of the Lagoon” video out!


14 Sep 2018
«Salon Suisse 2018» En marge de l’architecture video now out!
30 Aug 2018
Now on Biennials.ch: "Who is who" of contributors of Swiss Pavilion and Salon Suisse

New on Biennials.ch – A "who's who" of all the contributors of the Swiss Pavilion at La Biennale di Venezia!

Visit the page to find out more about all the talents behind the projects of the past editions of the Swiss Pavilion and Salon Suisse.

18 Jun 2018
The Venice Architecture Biennale is one of the most prominent platforms for architecture and urban planning worldwide. Its 17th edition is due to start in spring 2020. For the second time, Pro Helvetia has decided to choose the Swiss contribution by means of a competition. Eligible for participation are architects and interdisciplinary teams operating in the field of architecture. Members of a team must be Swiss citizens or else have a clear connection to Switzerland.

Please find Information on the competition is available here

The selection procedure is divided into two stages. In a first round, interested parties can submit a draft of their project via our application portal www.myprohelvetia.ch by 16 September 2018 at the latest. All contributions submitted will be publicly exhibited at a later date.
14 Jun 2018
The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia held a series of meetings, conversations and  performances at the Kasernenareal in Basel during the 2018 Art Basel. 

Entitled "Living Room", the events included the "Around Venezia" panel discussion, which featured Swiss Pavilion 2019 curator Charlotte Laubard in discussion with Austrian Pavilion 2018 curator Verena Konrad, moderated by Salon Suisse 2019 Salonnière Céline Eidenbenz.
"Around Venezia" panel discussion
06 Jun 2018
Look back at the opening of "Salon Suisse 2018" with Salonier Marcel Bächtiger now on Hochparterre

For our German readers: Marcel Bächtiger, one of the four Saloniers of this year’s “Salon Suisse”, has written about the “Salon Suisse” opening which took place in Venice on Thursday 24 May 2018. Read "Aus dem Leben eines Saloniers, 1. Teil” on the website of our media partner Hochparterre, check it out here

The “Salon Suisse” programme, initiated by Pro Helvetia, will continue from 13 to 15 September 2018 at Palazzo Trevisan Degli Ulivi.

Partner of the «Salon Suisse» is Laufen Bathrooms AG​

29 May 2018
Salon Suisse 2018 opening
27 May 2018
«Svizzera 240: House Tour»
Alessandro Bosshard, Li Tavor, Matthew van der Ploeg and Ani Vihervaara speak about their project «Svizzera 240: House Tour», the Swiss participation at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, commissioned by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia. The Swiss Pavilion has been awarded the Golden Lion.
26 May 2018
Left to right: Matthew van der Ploeg, Paolo Baratta, Marianne Burki, Rachele Maistrello, Ani Vihervaara, Milena Buchwalder, Alessandro Bosshard, Li Tavor and Sandi Paucic. Project team for the Swiss Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia receiving the Golden Lion, 26 May 2018. Photo: Peter Klaunzer / KEYSTONE
The Swiss Pavilion has been awarded the Golden Lion for best national participation at 16th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia.
28 Mar 2018
Left to right: This year’s Salonniers Stanislas Zimmermann, Tim Kammasch, Marcel Bächtiger with local Salonnière Laura Tinti, Venice, 2018.

The «Salon Suisse»: «En marge de l’architecture: Encounters beyond the discipline»

This year’s «Salon Suisse» will present «En marge de l’architecture: Encounters beyond the discipline» by architectural historian Marcel Bächtiger, cultural theorist Tim Kammasch, and architect Stanislas Zimmermann with the support of local Salonnière Laura Tinti.

The events will tackle the importance of the disciplines bordering architecture, such as art, film, literature, urbanism, philosophy. Using the metaphor of a sailing expedition which stops in different islands (i.e. disciplines), the «Salon Suisse» hopes to open up the discourse surrounding the architecture of the 21st century.

23 Mar 2018
Video Documentation on Salon Suisse 2017: ATARAXIA out now
The final weekend of Salon Suisse 2017: ATARAXIA featured performances by Claudia Comte, Marcos Lutyens, Megan Rooney and others. Video available on the Pro Helvetia YouTube channel.
19 Mar 2018
Roadshow: Switzerland’s contributions to the Venice Architecture Biennale 2018
Project team for the Swiss Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, 1 December 2017. Left to right, Ani Vihervaara, Alessandro Bosshard, Li Tavor and Matthew van der Ploeg. Photo by Christian Beutler / KEYSTONE
Tuesday 27 March 2018, at 7.30 pm
Teatro dell’architettura, Via Turconi 25, Mendrisio

The Academy of Architecture in Mendrisio, Pro Helvetia and the Ticino section of SIA (Swiss society of engineers and architects) are pleased to invite you to take part in a discussion about the Swiss Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia.

The Swiss contribution to the Architecture Biennale is considered one of the most important initiatives in the field of contemporary culture and building construction. For the first time this year, Pro Helvetia selected a project based on an open call of 81 architectural submissions.

Pro Helvetia and SIA will present and discuss «Svizzera 240: House Tour» – the nominated project, which looks at contemporary housing – in a roadshow across Switzerland. After events in Basel and Lausanne, we will visit Mendrisio next. The event is free and open to all.

Participants: Architects of «Svizzera 240: House Tour» Alessandro Bosshard and Matthew van der Ploeg; Riccardo Blumer, Director of the Mendrisio Academy of Architecture; Stefano Tibiletti, Vice- Presidente at SIA Ticino; Francesco Buzzi, President at FAS Ticino and owner of Buzzi architectural studio in Locarno; and Marianne Burki, Head of Visual Arts at Pro Helvetia.
06 Mar 2018
Charlotte Laubard, Curator of the exhibition at the Swiss Pavilion at the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, Photo: KEYSTONE / Gaëtan Bally
The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia has appointed Charlotte Laubard as curator of the Pavilion of Switzerland at the Biennale Arte 2019. The Geneva-based, Franco-Swiss art historian and curator combines artistic, historical, and interdisciplinary approaches in her work and is a renowned, international exhibition organizer.