The 17th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia has been postponed until August 2020 due to disruption caused by the coronavirus outbreak in Italy. The Biennale will now begin on 29 August and run until 29 November 2020. It was originally scheduled to open on 23 May. The decision was made due to measures taken by governments to restrict the spread of the virus.
Het Nieuwe Instituut, commissioner of the Dutch pavilion, will present Who is We?, questioning the dominant structures and histories we inhabit and inherit, and presenting an urbanism that is Other – female, of colour, queer, and multispecies.
Het Nieuwe Instituut fuels the discussion on Biennale curator Hashim Sarkis’ call for a ‘new spatial contract’ addressing how we will live together. Such a contract would require specific tools and insights for emancipating communities and regenerating ecosystems that have been marginalised by the dominant architecture canon. This canon still forms the basis of our buildings and cities, yet it is clearly inadequate for supporting a multiplicity of lifeworlds for humans and non-humans. Who is We? presents a counter-language based on Other knowledge development, and pedagogies that make visible what is unseen, propagating inclusivity on all levels. The starting point is the research and practice of architect Afaina de Jong and artist Debra Solomon.
Parallel to the pavilion, an extensive public research programme is curated by Professor Caroline Nevejan. Het Nieuwe Instituut and the Creative Industries Fund NL also issued an open call for the parallel programme. The selected design teams are Failed Architecture, Bureau LADA and Studio Wild.
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