Venice architecture biennale: a first for Lebanon!
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vendredi 1 juin 2018 Dernière mise à jour le Vendredi 1 Juin 2018 à 13:20

Lebanon will be represented for the first time at the Venice architecture biennale, under the theme “The place that remains”, curated by the architect and geographer Hala Younes. This famous event runs from May 26th to November 25th, 2018 in the Giardini and the Arsenale, in Venice (Italy).

It’s a first for Lebanon, to take part in such an exceptional artistic adventure! The 16th International Architecture Exhibition will take place from May 26th to November 25th, 2018 in the Giardini and the Arsenale, and other venues in Venice (Italy).  This event attracts over 300,000 visitors per year.

Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, the curators of this event, unveiled in a press release, that this year’s theme is… “Freespace”! But why? The reason is that “Freespace describes a generosity of spirit and a sense of humanity at the core of architecture’s agenda, focusing on the quality of space itself. Furthermore, “Freespace encourages reviewing ways of thinking, new ways of seeing the world, of inventing solutions where architecture provides for the well-being and dignity of each citizen of this fragile planet.” they added. 

In line with this topic, Hala Younes, curator of the Pavilion and Assistant Professor of Architecture at the Lebanese American University (LAU), developed the Lebanese Pavilion. As stated by Executive Bulletin, it gathers many individuals, architects, artists, researchers, and Lebanese institutions under the theme ‘The Place that Remains’. It explores the necessity of preserving natural resources and sustainable architecture. The exhibition uses relief map, landscape photography, and video surveillance.

“It involves a reflection on the built environment through a reflection on the unbuilt land and the possible visions for the future of our national territory and landscape. The focus will be on Nahr Beirut (Beirut River) and its watershed.”

The idea is to reflect on the places that remain in the Lebanese territory, un-built spaces, their qualities, their histories and their potential. Several issues are covered, such as the scarcity of resources, fragility, country’s territorial challenges, density, overcrowded places…

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