Daily Design, Daily Tao
The pavilion of China tackles the issue of the ‘ignored front’ of modernization: the nation’s dignity, welfare and equality. The exhibition will highlight elements and designs that embody the traditions of the past and have a lasting presence, contradictory to modern architecture which focuses on futuristic and spectacular buildings and cities.
‘Daily Design follows Daily Tao’ prefers to polish the past and integrate it in the daily lives, while re-establishing the cultural traditions. The issues of improving basic living conditions for the poor, decreasing waste and ceasing pollution are more urgent than being on the forefront of futuristic development. Architecture should move back towards its roots and serve people’s lives in a sustainable way. Local materials, craftsmanship and labor should be used, while respecting local traditions. The cost of building should be affordable for everyone and the construction should respect the environment.
The exhibitors in the Chinese pavilion will show how one can serve the majority of the people better. Sustainable development is feasible by returning to the daily life and finding Tao in the traditions.
“Daily Design, Daily Tao is the vision of our glorious history and remaining wisdom. Without a doubt, it represents a bright and lasting potential.”
Jingyu Liang, curator
Review by The Venice Insider
The Chinese exhibition consists of an indoor exhibition and an outdoor installation. The outdoor ‘Dou Pavilion’ in the Giardino delle Vergini is a wooden construction, resembling a daycare centre for children. It is beautifully designed with different floor levels, making up benches and tables and plenty of room to play. As a child, I would have loved to spend time in here, and even now, I wouldn’t mind to have this as a relax room in my garden. The indoor exhibition shows lots of traditional objects from the daily life in China. The pavilion is rather dark, so it was hard to read the materials and understand what it was about. My personal favorite was the ‘Wuyong/The Earth’ collection with traditional dresses of fashion designer Ma Ke, but I would have preferred a bit more light to really admire all the details.
Katia – The Venice Insider
Click here to return to the overview of the other pavilions at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 or read my post What to expect from the 2016 Architecture Biennale.
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