TAKING CARE Progettare per il bene comune / Designing for the common good
TAMassociati, represented by Massimo Lepore, Raul Pantaleo and Simone Sfriso
Tese delle Vergini, Arsenale
The Italian pavilion will focus on the outer cities, which are some of the most vital places in society. These districts are more open to experimentation and change, but at the same time they often suffer from marginalization and social degradation. According to the team, urban projects and architecture can and should play an active role in improving the principles of culture, socialization, participation, health, integration and legality in any place and on any scale.
A selection of 20 projects of Italian architectural firms will be shown, covering a broad range of topics such as housing, work, health, education and culture. The pavilion will also present 5 original projects of national associations, who are committed to the struggle against marginalization in these outer city areas. Examples include a mobile clinic and cultural mediation center; a permanent center for education in coexistence and active citizenship through play and sport; a social space for adults and children; a point for distributing information about culture, libraries and leisure activities; a social center, located in a building seized from the mafia, open for public discussions and other activities.
To make these projects effective, the objects will be financed through private sponsorships and a crowdfunding campaign launched at the opening of the exhibition.
“TAKING CARE has two purposes: to present a vision of architecture as service to the community; to demonstrate, with tangible proofs, how architecture can make a difference by taking care of people and places, principles and resources.”
Massimo Lepore, Raul Pantaleo and Simone Sfriso, curators
More information on the project is available on the website of the Italian pavilion. Similar themes have also been described in the books ‘Architetture resistenti. Per una bellezza civile e democratica‘ from curator Raul Pantaleo and ‘L’abitare condiviso. Le residenze collettive dalle origini al cohousing’ from curator Simone Sfriso (both only available in Italian).
Review by The Venice Insider
Italy has the largest pavilion in Arsenale, and the Venetian TAMassociati team has made good use of this space. The pavilion is visually divided into smaller, easier to grasp, areas by putting smaller building blocks in it. Within these spaces, a wide variety of projects in Italian outer cities is on display. The second room is organized along different themes, such as culture or sports. Once you enter a container, you get the feeling that you are disconnected from the pavilion and you feel immerged in that specific topic. I really loved this set-up. Visuals and cartoons play also a very important role in the accompanying charts to transmit the ‘Taking Care’ message. Italy made it to my list of exhibitions you shouldn’t miss at this Architecture Biennale.
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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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