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Public Without Rhetoric

Commissioner: Direzione Generale delle Arti

Curators: Nuno Brandão Costa and Sérgio Mah

Exhibitors: Aires Mateus and Associados (Manuel Mateus, Francisco Mateus), Álvaro Siza, André Cepeda, Barbas Lopes Arquitectos (Patrícia Barbas e Diogo Seixas Lopes), Carlos Prata, Catarina Mourão, depA (Carlos Azevedo, João Crisóstomo, Luís Sobral), Diogo Aguiar Studio, Eduardo Souto de Moura, FAHR 021.3 (Filipa Frois Almeida e Hugo Reis), Fala Atelier (Ana Luísa Soares, Filipe Magalhães e Ahmed Belkhodja), Gonçalo Byrne, Inês Lobo, João Luís Carrilho da Graça, João Mendes Ribeiro, Menos é Mais (Cristina Guedes e Francisco Vieira de Campos), Miguel Figueira, Nuno Cera, Ottotto (Teresa Otto), Ricardo Bak Gordon, Salomé Lamas, SAMI (Miguel Vieira e Inês Vieira da Silva), Serôdio Furtado Associados (João Pedro Serôdio and Isabel Furtado), Tiago Figueiredo


Venue: Palazzo Giustinian Lolin c/o Fondazione Ugo e Olga Levi onlus, San Marco 2893


Coinciding with the economic crisis, the last ten years have seen a movement away from public construction projects, with the predominant neoliberalism of Western Europe viewing them as unnecessarily wasteful, misguided and even harmful. Such projects came to be associated with the origins of the crisis itself, which were actually rooted in the financial speculation that these same neoliberal policies had unleashed. The construction of public infrastructure such as cultural, educational and sporting facilities is in line with the idea of civilisational evolution and progressive social equity. It simultaneously rebuilds and rehabilitates the form of the city, and qualitatively and culturally renews public space. This selection of twelve works constructed over the last ten years offers a short history of the most recent public buildings of Portuguese origin. Each of these buildings reflects the ideas behind FREESPACE, the central theme of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition.

Venezia, Castello 103
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