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Across Chinese Cities – Beijing
Over the centuries the strategic imagination of Chinese rulers has forged a policy culture privileging locality and flexibility, where decentralization and self-governance were encouraged as a conduit towards a system of controlled autonomies expanding from the centre outwards into the peripheries. Across Chinese Cities – Beijing is an investigation into the capital’s spatial program woven into its ‘otherly modern’ project (Hay, Double Modernity, Para-Modernity, 2008). The exhibition situates its traces by taking the historical district of Dashilar as a case study, while making resonant the sedimental knowledge of archetypal and architectural past throughout the city from the early 1600s.
Arsenale Nord, Tesa 100
7 June – 23 November
Organization: Beijing Design Week
www.beijingdesignweek.org

Adaptation
Adaptation focuses on how Chinese architects negotiate shifting constraints imposed by contexts, clients and capital. Their work is apt for change, revealing a new understanding of craft and building cultures, imposed by modern interpretations of traditional spatial concepts, revitalization of industrial heritage, and reactions to remote geographies. Through the media of models, photographs and short films, Adaptation presents a profession in progress across multiple generations. Curated by Marino Folin & MovingCities, the exhibition takes place at Palazzo Zen, a cultural venue of EMG•ART Foundation, newly renovated by Chinese architectural studio O-Office.
Palazzo Zen, Cannaregio, 4924 (Gesuiti)
7 June – 23 November
Organization: EMG•ART Foundation
www.emgdotart.net

Air Fundamental. Collision between inflatable and architecture
The installation Air Fundamental is a “pneumatic architecture“, realized by students after a series of researches, held in the venue of Ortiga with the participation of the entire community of Syracuse School of Architecture. This project explores the adjustment capacity of a flexible space (inflatable) placed inside pre-existing architectures. This occasion turned the school building into a field for experimentation, activating instantaneous areas essential for temporary events (shows, exhibitions, conferences…) or even some workshops.
Arsenale Nord, Spazio Thetis
4 - 8 June
Organization: Scuola di Architettura di Siracusa SDS, Università di Catania
http://architetturasiracusa.tumblr.com/

Fundamentally Hong Kong? DELTA FOUR 1984 – 2044
Hong Kong and neighbouring Pearl River Delta is arguably one of the most complex, controversial and contemporary spatial developments in history and today. Eleven compact cities are rapidly connecting one another to form a seamless ‘one-hour living zone’. Travelling through border and crossing, land and water, home and community, marriage and departure, four short films will capture stories and actors who live and move between these emerging locales and systems. In Venice and beyond, we invite the world’s wisdom and imagination for new possibilities of architecture- a practice of social innovation.
Arsenale, Castello, 2126 (Campo della Tana)
7 June – 23 November
Organization: The Hong Kong Institute of Architects; Hong Kong Arts Development Council
www.hkia.net
www.hkadc.org.hk
www.venicebiennale.hk/2014

Gotthard Landscape: The Unexpected View
Two schools of architecture present the event with the support from Pro Helvetia.
The Scientifically Based Appropriation of the Landscape
The project deals with the passage from a factual and territorial oriented tradition in the Alps, towards a virtual territorial principle based on a scientific appropriation of the landscape. Our own landscape vision of the Alps is thus dematerializing and acquiring the visual character of an interactive digital sculpture.
Aesthetic Fascination
The transparency and “liquefaction” of territorial reality through point cloud digitalization invites us to a completely new way of seeing. Its virtual character the diaphanous “technical” coloring of the topological surface provokes an uncommon artistic and aesthetic fascination.
Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi, Dorsoduro, 810 (Campo San Agnese)
8 June – 20 July; 7 September – 5 October
Organization: ETH Zurich - Department of Architecture; AAM Accademia di architettura Mendrisio, Università della Svizzera italiana
www.girot.arch.ethz.ch
www.burkhaltersumi.arc.usi.ch

Grafting Architecture. Catalonia at Venice
Graft
1 1 v. tr. To insert (a graft) in a branch or stem of another tree; to propagate by insertion in another stock; also, to insert a graft upon.
Casa Bofarull by Josep Maria Jujol (Tarragona, 1879 – Barcelona, 1949) is the starting point for understanding an architectural approach present in many buildings where the architect is faced with a pre-existing feature (physical or otherwise) and blends the new and old layers to beget a new architecture that is able to combine them harmoniously. The proposal will show the process and perception of a series of examples of Catalan architecture that begins with Jujol's work.
Cantieri Navali, Castello, 40 (San Piero di Castello)
7 June – 23 November
Organization: Institut Ramon Llull
www.llull.cat
http://venezia2014.llull.cat

“Happiness Forecourt” = “Largo da Felicidade” = “????”
The exhibition addresses the unique cultural hybridisation in Macao, the blending of the East and West, and many facets that reflect the dynamic mixed cultures. The urban morphology of a “forecourt”, with its various idiomatic versions, aims to convey the harmonious coexistence of two contrasting cultures, the Portuguese and Chinese, which can be observed in its unique living conditions, architectural features, which encapsulate the idea of a cultural symbiosis and manifests both countries joint effort to maintain a balanced and enduring partnership through time.
Arsenale, Castello, 2126/A (Campo della Tana)
7 June – 23 November
Organization: Instituto Cultural do Governo da R.A.E. de Macau (I.C.M.)
www.icm.gov.mo/en/