The projects that will represent Catalonia in this year's Venice Biennale of Architecture were presented today. Co-curated by RCR Arquitectes together with the journalist Pati Núñez and the architect Estel Ortega, seeks to disclose the most intimate universe of the members of an architectural studio. Its members, Rafael Aranda, Carmen Pigem and Ramon Vilalta, have created a space to investigate and rethink the relation between humanity and the world in La Vila, located in Vall de Bianya (Girona). Their project for the Biennale concentrates on this space, which is defined as a "geography of dreams" and aims to move Venice to La Vila's experience, a utopia under construction.
The main proposal is an addition to the parallel program 'New Formats: Dream And Nature', whose objective is to show other perspectives about the RCR universe through people and practices that act as a filter, approaching different points of view. This is one of the two projects that constitutes the program in which ELISAVA is participating together with other schools from all around Catalonia. This part, known as 'Schools in Venice', aims to answer the question posed by the curators: 'What do we learn from nature?'. Each school will present five proposals that will seek to answer it, taking part in the free-entry exposition that will take place in the unit adjacent to the Cantieri Navali.
The second project that will be celebrated in the same space is three open debates, which will be available in streaming at the premises of the Col·legi d'Arquitectes de Catalunya (COAC) in Barcelona. The 24 of May, Creating knowledge. New ways of communicating ART and ARCHITECTURE, with Eva Franch (head of the Architectural Association School of London) and Pedro Gadanho (head of the MAT in Lisbon), chaired by Pati Núñez. The 25 of May, Architecture Criticism, with Glenn Murcutt (founder of the Australian Architecture Association), Juhani Pallasmaa (Finnish architect) and William J.R. Curtis (architectural historian), and the closing conference RCD. Dream and nature, in charge of William J.R. Curtis and RCR Arquitectes.
The Institut Ramon Llull produces and organizes Catalonia's participation in the Eventi Collaterali of the Venice Biennale of Art.