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The 9 projects of the Italian Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale unveiled

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Giorgia Massari
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What will be the 9 projects that will bring the Italian Pavilion of the Venice Architecture Biennale to life? The names and Italian studios that will animate the spaces of the Tese delle Vergini in the Arsenale from May 20 to November 26, 2023 have finally been revealed. This year’s Pavilion is curated by the young studio Fosbury Architecture, which has gradually unveiled via its Instagram account Spaziale.presents all the selected groups and their planned interventions.
The groups consist not only of architects but also of designers, performers and photographers, forming heterogeneous team works that propose research themes marked by the preservation of our future and the generations to come. Projects range from the redevelopment of ruined places to the introduction of new technologies, as well as the design of new architectural devices and reasoning about fundamental urban concepts, working on their reworking.

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The selected projects operate scattered across the peninsula, in particular touching the regions of Puglia, Campania, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Abruzzo, Tuscany, Veneto, Calabria and the two islands, Sardinia and Sicily.
Puglia is the site of the intervention proposed by Post Disaster studio and IUAV of Venice professors Silvia Calderoni and Ilenia Caleo. The PostDisaster Rooftops EP04 project focuses on the rooftops of the Old City of Taranto and their condition of “limbo” that oscillates between public and private. In this dimension, the project involves the intervention of artists and researchers who will temporarily occupy the city’s rooftops, transforming them into artistic-cultural stages. Remaining in the south, architects Alessandro Bava and Fabrizio Ballabio (B+B) together with the music festival Terraforma, plan an intervention in the Bay of Ieranto that will work on the definition of an architectural device.

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In the far northeast of the peninsula, in Trieste, Giuditta Vendrame and Ana Shamataj, are working on an installation that will reactivate the underground tunnels of the Kleine Berlin air raid shelter (built during World War II). Staying with the reactivation perspective, the Uccellaccio project by HPO and Claudia Durastanti, on the other hand, involves the regeneration of the ecomostro in Ripa Teatina (Abruzzo), a residence for the elderly begun in the 1970s and left unfinished. Moving on to Sicily, more precisely to the territory of Catania, Studio Ossidiana and visual artist Adelita Husni-Bey are working on the redevelopment of the “ghost” park designed by Kenzo Tange in the 1960s (in the vein of the then-in vogue concept of the satellite city). The project is called “Carpet House” and involves the construction of a mobile pavilion made of textile material, shells and pozzolan stone from Etna volcano.
The “Traces of BelMondo” project by the Orizzontale collective and researcher Bruno Zamborlin also hopes for a reactivation of an abandoned space, that of the Belmonte Calabro castle.

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Some projects place the focus on the relationship that humans develop with the environment around them, in relation to the activity they are going to perform or their habits. An example is the project developed by Parasite 2.0 and Elia Fornari, who focus on the concept of the city understood as a Concrete Jungle, concentrating on the analysis of the stormy relationship between urban and natural, with a particular focus on leisure time and the places of its performance. Similarly, the Lemonot platform and designer Roberto Flore explore the intrinsic relationships between traditional local products and contemporary supply chains with the aim of recognizing the cultural relevance of food habits, choosing Sardinian territory as their territory, where traditions are strongly anchored.
Finally, in Tuscan territory, artist Emilio Vavarella, Captcha Architecture studio and (AB)Normal design studio and creative agency intervene with the project “Belvedere” with the aim of de-constructing the widely disseminated image of the dream Tuscany and thus rather spreading a real image of the region, promoting awareness.

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