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The Opposite Shore. Retrofitting Suburban Settlements from Property to Cooperation

  • TUE - SUN
    22/05 > 31/07
    11 AM - 7 PM

    01/08 > 21/11
    10 AM - 6 PM
  • Central Pavilion
  • Admission with ticket

Pier Vittorio Aureli (Italian, b.1973) and Martino Tattara (Italian, b.1976) of Dogma (Belgium, est.2002) in collaboration with Celeste Tellarini (Italian, b.1994), Anna Panourgia (Greek, b.1994), Antonio Paolillo (Italian, b.1987), Mariapaola Michelotto (Italian, b.1993), Yi Ming Wu (Canadian, b.1998), Theodor Reinhardt (German, b.1998), Perla Gísladóttir (Icelandic, b.1996), and Rache Rouzaud (French, b.1997)




Suburbs are arguably one of the most controversial legacies of the twentieth century. They embody a way of life driven by property and heteronormative family values. The most important feature of the suburbs was the strict separation of life and work and the full privatization of domestic labour as the housewife’s responsibility. Suburbs in Europe today are in steep decline as both social and environmental constructs. The Opposite Shore is a research and project that challenges the status of suburbs and rethinks their future as cooperative settlements. The Opposite Shore is composed of an historical critique of suburbanization in Belgium (walls) and a project for its future (models).

Biennale Sneak Peek

Image 1 – How will we live together?
Proposal for the retrofitting of suburban settlements in Flanders based on decommodified forms of land tenure, cooperative ways of living and care.


Image 2 – Sneak peek of the project
View of a communal house in a retrofitted suburban settlement. Communal houses are built as collective facilities for both living and working and as complementary spaces to the ones of single-family houses.


Vlaanderen Kunsten en Cultureel Erfgoed
Departement Cultuur
Jeugd en Media

Production credits

Pier Vittorio Aureli and Martino Tattara with Celeste Tellarini, Anna Panourgia, Antonio Paolillo, Mariapaola Michelotto, Yi Ming Wu, Theodor Reinhardt, Perla Gísladóttir, e Rachel Rouzaud

Central Pavilion
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