Dialogue : : Iñaqui Carnicero, Co-Curator Spanish Pavilion La Biennale di Venezia

The Spanish Pavilion was awarded a Golden Lion at this year’s Venice Biennale, featuring a new type of architecture that emerged in the country after the financial crisis.

Under the title “Unfinished”, the exhibition curated by architects Iñaqui Carnicero and Carlos Quintáns consists of nearly 67 proposals and 7 photographic series presenting answers to the problems arising in Spain after the housing boom post-crisis. The inherited situation has led to many architectural studies to reflect on the passage of time in architecture and to respond against the excesses of the past.

Exhibition curator Iñaqui Carnicero is an Architect and has served as a visiting Professor at Cornell University. He has been recognised with numerous international awards such as the Design Vanguard Award, AIANY Housing Award, Emerging Architects Award, FAD and COAM Award.

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Dialogue:  Yasser Elshestawy Curator the National Pavilion UAE Biennale di Venezia 

The 15th International Architecture Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia opened last month and saw the world converge on the floating city. The Biennale continues till November hosting pavilions responding to Alejandro Aravena’s curatorial proposal “Reporting from the front”. Aravena in his brief called for projects that are “looking for new fields of action, facing issues like segregation, inequalities, peripheries, access to sanitation, natural disasters, housing shortage, migration, informality, crime, traffic, waste, pollution and the participation of communities.” While most pavilion’s featured recent or proposed projects in response to this call for architectures that are responsible and responsive, the National Pavilion of UAE chose to look at the past.

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A parallel narrative: The UAE Pavilion and Aravena’s curatorial proposal Venice Biennale 2016


The prevalent urban image of the UAE celebrates it as a forerunner in the race of defying vertical boundaries, testing technological limits and employing luxury as a substitute of the everyday. Prescribed a seemingly categorical and futuristic agenda, the National Pavilion of UAE opts to nuance this perception by showcasing a parallel narrative of progressive leadership and social responsibility as the subject of its exhibition at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia.

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CITIZEN “time is TIME” : 2016 Milan Design Week’s most immersive experience


This year at Milan Design Week, Citizen collaborated with Tsuyoshi Tane from DGT Architects to create an immersive installation that explores the nature of time. Ayesha Sabri presents details from her visit and the inspiration behind the installation.

Every year, the Tortona Design District, features one event in particular that exceeds everyone’s imagination. This year, it was Citizen’s “time is TIME” installation. A spectacular sensory experience for the visitors for Milan Design Week.

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Chipakata Children’s Academy: Designed to make a difference


The Chipakata Children’s Academy is a new primary school in Zambia, Africa built as the first initiative of the 14+ Foundation, a New York City-based non-profit organisation established by Joseph Mizzi and Nchimunya Wulf. The design for the school has realized the Foundation’s mission to develop, build and operate schools and orphanages in rural African communities.

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Anything Butts at Milan Design Week: Design, technology and sustainability


As part of Design week in the historic neighbourhood of Duomo Milan, the courtyard of the 18th century Palazzo Clerici is hosting a pavilion by iQOS ™ cleverly titled ‘Anything Butts’. ARCHITECTEM explored the exhibit with its designers. Ayesha Sabri presents her account and details of the installation.

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TECTONICA at Milan Design Week: Ecology of form

ARCHITECTEM was present at the unraveling of Clino Trini Castelli’s exhibition ‘Tectonica’ as part of Fuori Salone, featuring models and applications of Castelli designed textures reminiscent of tectonic plates. Ayesha Zafar showcases the exhibition through her photographs and conversation with the Curator and the Artist.

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eL Seed’s latest Urban Art: A shift in ‘Perception’


Born to Tunisian parents in the suburbs of Paris, eL Seed is a ‘calligraffiti’ artist using intricate composition in his work to call not only on the words and their meaning, but also on their movement to lure viewers into a different state of mind. Rehab Butt takes a closer look at one his recent pieces of work on an urban scale that highlights a prevalent social issue through his characteristic peaceful yet powerful expression.

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