"Given the complexity and variety of challenges that architecture has to respond to, REPORTING FROM THE FRONT will be about listening to those who were able to gain some perspective and are consequently in the position to share some knowledge and experiences, inventiveness and pertinence with those of us standing on the ground" said Alejandro Aravena in occasion of the opening of the 15th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia.
Today we would like to focus our attention on Italian Pavilion project. TAKING CARE – Designing for the common good is the keynote that TAMassociati (Massimo Lepore, Raul Pantaleo, Simone Sfriso) – appointed by the Minister Dario Franceschini the curatorial team of the Italian Pavilion at the Biennale Architettura 2016.
"Taking Care”, say the curators, “is an action that arises in the Italian Pavilion at the Biennale Architettura 2016 and then takes root and spreads outside it to generate a new civic awareness”.
The theme is divided into three sections, 'Thinking', 'Meeting' and 'Acting', resting on three specific issues involving the common good. It urges visitors to recognize it, when it is found around them, the institutions to promote it, even with limited resources, and designers to embody it in architecture.
Ph Andrea Avezzù
In particular 'Meeting' is an exhibition of 20 architectural projects, all produced by as many design offices in Italy and abroad. Taken together, they recount how subjects, when they become co-authors, can create spaces and places useful to the community, so devoting equal importance both to the processes and the built work.
Dianarchitecture + Rs Architettura, Restart | ph Raffaele Semonella
ATER del Comune di Roma, 999 Contemporary Municipio VIII di Roma, Big City Life | Ph courtesy 999 Contemporary
This section identifies 10 areas of investigation – legality, health, living, environment, education, culture, play, science, nutrition and work – accompanied by a gallery of photographs that give visible form to the idea of the common good in Italy.
The exhibit design and the catalogue of the Pavilion are notable for the Pop language of an original graphic novel and prominent illustrations, as well as the low-cost policies adopted and the recycling of the materials indoors and in the grounds of the Tese delle Vergini.