Neighbourhood: Where Álvaro meets Aldo
Álvaro Siza Vieira
Campo di Marte, Giudecca
The participation of Portugal to the 2016 Biennale is quite special, because it is not only an exhibition on social housing, but it is actually a social housing project.
It takes place on the Campo di Marte on Giudecca, where a social housing project was launched in the 1980s, designed by architects Álvaro Siza, Aldo Rossi, Carlo Aymonino and Rafael Moneo. The buildings from Rossi and Aymonino and the first part of Siza’s building have been finished, but the remaining construction was suspended in 2010 due to financial problems. However, thanks to this team, the project will restart during the Biennale and finally be finished. The visitors will be able to see the ongoing project.
The exhibition is divided into three parts: The first part of the exhibition will show the original plans of the housing project. The second part highlights Álvaro Siza’s social housing interventions: the Bouça neighborhood in Porto; the Schlesisches Tor, in Berlin; the Schilderswijk West, in The Hague; and the Campo di Marte project in Venice. The third part brings back to relationship between Álvaro Siza and Aldo Rossi.
Álvaro Siza is known as “the architect of participation”. You can follow him on Instagram and Facebook while he visits the residents of his housing projects around Europe. These encounters will also be shown at the Biennale. The book ‘El Croquis 168/169: Alvaro Siza‘ (in English and Spanish) focuses on his works from the last five years.
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