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Across Chinese Cities – Beijing
Over the centuries the strategic imagination of Chinese rulers has forged a policy culture privileging locality and flexibility, where decentralization and self-governance were encouraged as a conduit towards a system of controlled autonomies expanding from the centre outwards into the peripheries. Across Chinese Cities – Beijing is an investigation into the capital’s spatial program woven into its ‘otherly modern’ project (Hay, Double Modernity, Para-Modernity, 2008). The exhibition situates its traces by taking the historical district of Dashilar as a case study, while making resonant the sedimental knowledge of archetypal and architectural past throughout the city from the early 1600s.
Arsenale Nord, Tesa 100
7 June – 23 November, 11 am – 5 pm 
closed on Mondays and 1–17 August
Organization: Beijing Design Week


Adaptation focuses on how Chinese architects negotiate shifting constraints imposed by contexts, clients and capital. Their work is apt for change, revealing a new understanding of craft and building cultures, imposed by modern interpretations of traditional spatial concepts, revitalization of industrial heritage, and reactions to remote geographies. Through the media of models, photographs and short films, Adaptation presents a profession in progress across multiple generations. Curated by Marino Folin & MovingCities, the exhibition takes place at Palazzo Zen, a cultural venue of EMG•ART.
Palazzo Zen, Cannaregio, 4924 (Gesuiti)
7 June – 23 November, 2:30 pm - 7 pm 
closed on Tuesdays and 1-31 August
Organization: EMG•ART Foundation


Air Fundamental: Collision between inflatable and architecture
The installation Air Fundamental is a “pneumatic architecture“, realized by students after a series of researches, held in the venue of Ortiga with the participation of the entire community of Syracuse School of Architecture. This project explores the adjustment capacity of a flexible space (inflatable) placed inside pre-existing architectures. This occasion turned the school building into a field for experimentation, activating instantaneous areas essential for temporary events (shows, exhibitions, conferences…) or even some workshops.
Arsenale Nord, Spazio Thetis
5 - 8 June, 10 am - 8 pm 
Organization: Scuola di Architettura di Siracusa SDS, Università di Catania


Fundamentally Hong Kong? DELTA FOUR 1984 – 2044
Hong Kong and neighbouring Pearl River Delta is arguably one of the most complex, controversial and contemporary spatial developments in history and today. Eleven compact cities are rapidly connecting one another to form a seamless ‘one-hour living zone’. Travelling through border and crossing, land and water, home and community, marriage and departure, four short films will capture stories and actors who live and move between these emerging locales and systems. In Venice and beyond, we invite the world’s wisdom and imagination for new possibilities of architecture- a practice of social innovation.
Arsenale, Castello, 2126 (Campo della Tana)
7 June – 23 November
7-9 June from 10 am - 7 p.m; 10 June - 23 November from 10:30 am - 6:30 pm (10:30 am - 8:30 pm Fridays and Saturdays until 27 September)
closed on Mondays (except 9 June and 17 November)
Organization: The Hong Kong Institute of Architects; Hong Kong Arts Development Council


Gotthard Landscape - The Unexpected View
Two schools of architecture present the event with the support from Pro Helvetia.
The Scientifically Based Appropriation of the Landscape
The project deals with the passage from a factual and territorial oriented tradition in the Alps, towards a virtual territorial principle based on a scientific appropriation of the landscape. Our own landscape vision of the Alps is thus dematerializing and acquiring the visual character of an interactive digital sculpture.
Aesthetic Fascination
The transparency and “liquefaction” of territorial reality through point cloud digitalization invites us to a completely new way of seeing. Its virtual character the diaphanous “technical” coloring of the topological surface provokes an uncommon artistic and aesthetic fascination.
Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi, Dorsoduro, 810 (Campo San Agnese)
8 June – 20 July; 7 September – 5 October
11 am – 6 pm, closed on Mondays (except 9 June)
Organization: ETH Zurich - Department of Architecture; AAM Accademia di architettura Mendrisio, Università della Svizzera italiana


Grafting Architecture. Catalonia at Venice

1 1 v. tr. To insert (a graft) in a branch or stem of another tree; to propagate by insertion in another stock; also, to insert a graft upon.

Casa Bofarull by Josep Maria Jujol (Tarragona, 1879 – Barcelona, 1949) is the starting point for understanding an architectural approach present in many buildings where the architect is faced with a pre-existing feature (physical or otherwise) and blends the new and old layers to beget a new architecture that is able to combine them harmoniously. The proposal will show the process and perception of a series of examples of Catalan architecture that begins with Jujol's work.

Cantieri Navali, Castello, 40 (Fondamenta Quintavalle)
7 June – 23 November
10 am – 6 pm closed on Mondays (except 9 June and 17 November)
Organization: Institut Ramon Llull


“Happiness Forecourt” = “Largo da Felicidade” = “????”
The exhibition addresses the unique cultural hybridisation in Macao, the blending of the East and West, and many facets that reflect the dynamic mixed cultures. The urban morphology of a “forecourt”, with its various idiomatic versions, aims to convey the harmonious coexistence of two contrasting cultures, the Portuguese and Chinese, which can be observed in its unique living conditions, architectural features, which encapsulate the idea of a cultural symbiosis and manifests both countries joint effort to maintain a balanced and enduring partnership through time.
Arsenale, Castello, 2126/A (Campo della Tana)
7 June – 23 November
10 am – 6 pm (10 am – 8 pm on Fridays and Saturdays until 27 September)
closed on Mondays (except 9 June and 17 November)
Organization: Instituto Cultural do Governo da R.A.E. de Macau (I.C.M.)


Lifting The Curtain: Central European Architectural Networks
The exhibition investigates the role of Central European cross-national architectural networks and circles at different turning points of the 20th century. It offers a new insight on the evolution of modernism through mapping actors and different transfers across multiple borders, uncovering dynamic exchanges expanding beyond both western narratives of formative national modernity and Cold War territorial boundaries as well as the increasingly established architectural discourse of post-socialist countries. The exhibition is the first instalment of a long-term research project conducted by five Central European architectural centres.
Officina delle Zattere, Dorsoduro 919 (Fondamenta delle Zattere)
7 June – 23 November
11 a.m – 7 p.m closed on Mondays
Organization: Polish Modern Art Foundation (PMAF)


M9 / Transforming the City
The exhibition presents the executive project and launch of works of the construction of M9 City District, national and international model which blend together cultural production, museum activities and innovative retail strategies. M9 covers an area of 9,200 sq.m. in the center of Mestre and includes: a new museum, the first in Europe completely dedicated to history and culture of the 20th century; a restored convent of the 17th century; an administrative building of the ‘60s. The renovation, designed by Sauerbruch Hutton Studio, conceived and entirely promoted by Fondazione di Venezia, will set a new level of urban excellency and will become catalys of the urban regeneration of Venetian mainland.
Fondazione di Venezia, Dorsoduro, 3488/U (Rio Novo)
7 June – 27 September, 10 am – 5 pm  (closed from 11 to 24 August)
closed on Sundays
Organization: Fondazione di Venezia


Made in Europe
The proposal of European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - “Mies van der Rohe Award” event Made in Europe considers history as a construe of data with a specific time signature. The exhibition is going to present a selection of 150 models and a visualization of the 2500 proposals that conform a quarter of a century of awards, representing a curate selection of the highest quality works of architecture in Europe. The concept pretends to emphasize the number, quantity and quality of the overwhelming data. Playing with the idea that the data, not subdued to the construction of the historical discourse, are free for any kind of reading or elaboration.
Palazzo Michiel dal Brusà, Cannaregio, 4391/A (Strada Nova)
7 June – 4 August, 10 am – 6 pm 
closed on Tuesdays
Organization: Fundació Mies van der Rohe; the European Commission (Creative Europe Program)
associated event: symposium European-ness Porosity (6 June, 3:30 pm)


The remarkable and weather worn brick facade of the church of San Lorenzo appears as an eternal project, perpetually awaiting its stone cladding. It has towered over the campo for five centuries, and stands today as a notorious example of Venice’s gradual decline. Housed within this extraordinary ruined church is Masegni, an installation that addresses the themes of conservation, preservation, and dereliction prevalent in Venice. The eight meter tall ‘wall’ proposed for Masegni offers an abstracted and fragmented glimpse of how San Lorenzo’s completed facade might have looked. The structure alludes to the constant struggle for the sinking city to maintain itself. The wall lists precariously and asymmetrically in two self supporting parts, creating a corridor for visitors to go through that is as narrow and awkward as a typical Venetian alley. This installation is an opportunity to explore the interior of this magnificent and historical building through the exhibition designed by Roz Barr Architects - visitors will be allowed inside the church and will experience the scale of this interior from within this crafted eight meters high wall.
Ex Chiesa di San Lorenzo, Castello, 5069 (Campo San Lorenzo) 
Organization: The Building Centre Trust
dates and opening hours: www.masegni.com


Mikhail Roginsky. Beyond the Red Door
The event consists of a retrospective exhibition of outstanding Russian-French artist Mikhail Roginsky (1931-2004). The example of a particular creative evolution gives an opportunity to present a broad picture of the main trends of modernism, perceived through the individual experiences of the artist. The main objective of the project is draw attention to the fundamental component of the art of painting that is based on advantage of its inherent notions: color, form and construction.
Ca’ Foscari Esposizioni, Dorsoduro, 3246
7 June – 28 September, 10 am – 6 pm 
closed on Tuesdays
Organization: Fondazione Mikhail Roginsky


Moskva: Urban Space 
The project represents the past and the present of Moscow’s architecture by both showcasing its distinctive identity and by clearly outlining its development trajectory. While the face of a twentieth century city was largely determined by the architecture of its buildings, today’s urban singularity is based on the “connective tissue” of its public spaces that have become equally important identity-makers for contemporary metropolises. This is why the present day of the Russian capital is illustrated with the project for the new cultural center and downtown landscape Zaryadye Park and by a life-size fragment of this public space.
Istituto Santa Maria della Pietà, Castello, 3701
7 June – 23 November, 10 am – 6 pm
closed on Mondays
Organization: Moscow Committee for Architecture and Urban Development


Once upon a time in Liechtenstein
The dramatic transformation Liechtenstein has undergone in the past 100 years has resulted in a building stock that is almost entirely assembled from typologies and styles originating from foreign influences. The consequence is a pastiche of modern and post-modern architecture which, as an ensemble could be (mis-)read as the local building culture. This exhibition and its associated events aim to ruminate on how globally prevalent building types have been adapted to a particular local condition, and to discover how this transformative process has generated fundamental principles and values that consist in a contemporary (and future) architectural identity of Liechtenstein.
Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi, Dorsoduro, 810 (Campo Sant’Agnese)
18 – 26 October, 11 am - 6 pm
Organization: Liechtenstein Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Education and Culture


Planta is the culmination of the desire to give back, to return through a balanced tension between art, institution, knowledge, ecology and manufacturing. Planta is not only a building but also a concept, a crossroads of and for ideas, an embodiment of a personality and vision and in this way, a guide for the future. Excavated and constructed from the very site it occupies, Planta provides a fixed point of reference amid the flux of an ever changing literal and abstract landscape. It is an embodiment of the values that have informed the processes in and around Planta.
Conservatorio di Musica Benedetto Marcello di Venezia, San Marco, 2810 (Campo Santo Stefano)
7 June - 31 October, 10 am – 6 pm 
closed on Sundays in July and August
Organization: Fundació Sorigué
associated event: panel Talking Architecture (6 June, 10:30 am)


«Salon Suisse»: The next 100 Years – Scenarios for an Alpine City State
The Salon Suisse is the accompanying programme of the Swiss Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Now in its third year, the Salon Suisse, a programme of talks and events, offers a platform for exchange on contemporary architecture and thought in a relaxed atmosphere. The Salon Suisse 2014 is curated by Zurich-based architects and urbanists Hiromi Hosoya and Markus Schaefer, founders of Hosoya Schaefer Architects, who have put together an ambitious programme of events focusing on questions around urban development in Switzerland and the increasing pressure of urbanization worldwide.
Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi, Dorsoduro, 810 (Campo Sant'Agnese)
7 June: 11 am. 4-6 September, 9-11 October, 30 October - 1 November, 20-22 November: 6 pm
Organization: Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia


The Space That Remains: Yao Jui-Chung’s Ruins Series
The exhibition touches upon the afterlife of buildings not from the position of their makers, users, or providers, but from the act of a reader. A prolific art writer, critic, photographer, painter and video artist, Yao Jui-Chung (1969-) has undertaken this Ruins project since early 1990. Out of an impressive corpus of Yao’s black and white photographs, both intense and poetic, several major series and one video have been selected, showing remnants of aboriginal structures, Han Chinese residential buildings, examples of 19th century Western-style architecture, iconic industrial ruins as well as postwar architecture on a prison island for political dissidents.
Istituto Santa Maria della Pietà, Castello 3701 
7 June – 30 August, 10 am – 6 pm (10 am – 8 pm on Fridays and Saturdays)
closed on Mondays (except 9 June)
Organization: National Taiwan University of Arts


The Yenikapi Project
Zuecca Project Space is proud to present the incredible vision for The Yenikapi Transfer Point and Archaeological Park in Istanbul, designed by Peter Eisenman with his firm Eisenman Architects and Aytaç Architects. The design for the historic site includes a park, an archaeological museum, and a transit building adjacent to the new underground rail hub, construction of which uncovered important artifacts from the Roman and even neolithic eras. This exhibition highlights mercantile trade links between Venice and the 1600 year old former Theodosius Port in Yenikapi, where the remains of 35 ships will be displayed as a main feature of the Archaeological Museum. On the Historic Peninsula, the Yenikapi area helps to bridge the European and Asian sides of the city.
Zuecca Project Space, Complesso delle Zitelle, Giudecca, 32 (Fondamenta delle Zitelle)
7 June – 23 November, 10 am – 6 pm
closed on Mondays
Organization: Zuecca Project Space


Time Space Existence
The exhibition presents architects from 6 continents, brought together in an extraordinary combination. It shows current developments and thoughts in international architecture, presenting architects with different cultural backgrounds and who are in different stages of their careers, i.e. established architects next to architects whose works might be less known. What they have in common is their dedication to architecture in the broadest sense of their profession, presenting architecture through a focus on the concepts Time, Space and Existence.
Palazzo Bembo, San Marco, 4793 (Riva del Carbon); Palazzo Mora, Cannaregio, 3659 (San Felice, Strada Nova)
7 June – 23 November, 10 am – 6 pm
closed on Tuesdays
Organization: GlobalArtAffairs Foundation


Township of Domestic Parts: Made in Taiwan
The exhibition Township of Domestic Parts: Made in Taiwan is a collection of nine small houses, each with one single program. Scattered inside the Palazzo delle Prigioni, it forms an interior township of misfit parts. As an engagement to Fundamentals and the absorption of Modernity, this project considers a heightened sense of the compartmentalization of interior programs – in that we journalistically distill each elemental part as its own singularity, such as the House of Sleep, House of Work, and so forth. As the houses form an interior urbanism, perhaps we gain a deeper understanding towards the plan as a drawing.
Palazzo delle Prigioni, Castello, 4209 (San Marco)
5 June – 23 November, 10 am – 6 pm 
closed on Mondays
Organization: National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (NTMoFA)


Young Architects in Africa
Presenting projects by architects as well as vernacular architecture, the exhibition Young Architects in Africaunderlines the important role played by the African World today, as seen throughout its contemporary architecture. For the occasion of 14th International Architecture Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia, the CA’ ASI will open its doors to emerging African architects in order to emphasize the creativity and originality of new African architecture, and to help it gain world-wide recognition. AS.Architecture-Studio has set up CA’ ASI to promote the dialogue between architecture, contemporary art, and the Biennale visitors.
CA’ ASI, Palazzo Santa Maria Nova, Cannaregio, 6024 (Campiello Santa Maria Nova)
6 June – 28 September, 11 am – 6 pm 
closed on Mondays and Tuesdays
Organization: CA’ ASI


Z Club On Money, Space, Postindustrialization, And…
Z Club opens when the sun sets in Venice: Every day/night from 9 pm a programme is put on in the Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi that offers a profile through Zurich University of the Arts for seven whole evenings. Discourse meets performances, concerts meet actions; and your physical comfort is always taken care of. The subjects “money,” “space” and “postindustrialisation” are common themes throughout the week.
Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi, Dorsoduro, 810 (Campo Sant'Agnese)
25–31 July, 9 pm – midnight
Organization: Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK)


Biennale Architettura 2014
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