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Across Chinese Cities – China House Vision
Across Chinese Cities is an international program organized and promoted by Beijing Design Week (BJDW) since its launch at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia (2014). As part of this ongoing series the exhibition curated by Beatrice Leanza (BJDW) and Michele Brunello (DONTSTOP Architettura), stems from the House Vision project, a Pan-Asian platform of multidisciplinary research and development started by designer Kenya Hara for Japan in 2013. House Vision is an exploration in 'applied futurity' in domestic habitation exercised by match-made teams of architecture practices and industry-leading companies from various sectors.
Across Chinese Cities – House Vision features for the first time the body of research so far produced with a team of China-based architects and experts. It addresses the changing role and habitat of architecture practice in today China by rendering manifest the contextual phenomena and research trajectories behind 14 architectural proposals. Grouped in five thematic clusters (The Hybrid Unit, Dematerialized Space, Rural Frontiers, Community Plus and Home Kitchen) they are presented by way of an integrated system of material, digital and documentation archives devised to guide visitors’ fruition in a series of interactional scapes.
Università IUAV di Venezia, Ca’ Tron, Santa Croce, 1957
May 26 – September 23
8:30 am – 7:45 pm, closed on Saturday and Sunday and from 1 to 22 August
Promoter: Beijing Design Week  (BJDW)
Aftermath_Catalonia in Venice. Architecture Beyond Architects
Aftermath focuses on lived-in architecture when architects are no longer present and users continue daily the architectural experience. The selected works have been created over the last 10 years by Catalan architects. The audiovisual representation of the structures invites you to evaluate their quality and observe and listen how they are inhabited and roamed in multiple and changing ways. All of the works selected share a distinctly public character and the ability to integrate the natural, urban and human landscapes, extending architectural functionality to the creation of common good.
Cantieri Navali, Castello, 40
May 28 – November 27
10 am – 6 pm, closed on Monday
Promoter: Institut Ramon Llull
Architecture for the People by the People
In the era in which architecture is presented always more as self-referential, the TMOCA (Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art) offers four different viewpoints with this exhibition organized by the Faiznia Family Foundation:
- Faryar Javaherian’s contribution “Architecture at TMOCA: the museum and the permanent collection” shows the architecture of the construction of the museum and the architecture works that it presents, a tight bond between container and content. Parviz Kalantari’s works on mud and straw architectures of Kashan desert cities are very significant.
- Felice Ardito’s artistic installation “NAKOJAABAD” (Nowhereland-populated or “the invisible cities”) is the poetic point of view of the artist about the cities life, their transformation in time, and the result they have on their inhabitants, “because – as Ardito says- it is the city that makes the people!”. The project includes the realization of two “Arches of Peace”, one in Iran and the other one in Italy.
-Amir Anoushfar presents the renovated historical buildings of Kashan: the architecture of the past that suits the present.
-Cultural Heritage of East Azarbaijan presents “Tabriz Bazar”: Architecture made by people for people.
Free workshops for children about the exhibition themes are organized during the running period of the exhibition: “fff and Cenzino for Kids”.
Cannaregio, 1074/B (calle San Giovanni)
July 16 - November 1
10 am - 6 pm, closed on Monday
Promoter: Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art
Architecture Ukraine – Beyond the Front
Architecture Ukraine  – Beyond the Front begins a dialogue on a crucial issue of our time: how to envision rebuilding and revitalizing cities in places of ongoing conflict. The exhibition features work from Izolyatsia’s research residency program, “Architecture Ukraine 2015”, which brought together professionals from diverse creative fields to examine the infrastructure challenges marking Mariupol, an embattled border city in Eastern Ukraine. It further explores a parallel examination of the foundation’s home city of Donetsk, currently under conflict, as circumstances create a divergence of the sister cities of Donbas to outposts on either side of a volatile de facto border. The exhibition seeks to hold up a mirror from beyond the front, examining anthropological, economical, social and cultural history, while analyzing social and geographical boundaries that limit or expand the cities’ dynamics. 
Spazio Ridotto, San Marco, 1388 (calle del Ridotto) 
May 28 – June 30
10 am – 6 pm, closed on Monday
Promoter: Izolyatsia
Branding Islands Making Nations
Branding Islands Making Nations is a case study competition intended to open the discourse on added value in design, expanding upon the 15th International Architecture Exhibition’s call to arms by inviting an extended field of spatial practitioners to the Biennale Architettura 2016. Consultants and communication designers, marketing and advertising experts shall speculate on the role of branding in the making of a place. Facilitated by the Vertical Geopolitics Lab think-tank, the conceptual framework is based on the understanding that the politics of representation determine the success of an intervention in the built environment. In the case of a government seeking to determine the feasibility of a territorial claim, entrants are tasked with the presentation of a branding package surrounding an artificial landmass instrumental in legitimizing a nation’s territorial claim. Select teams will represent the mix of stakeholders and issues at play, expanding possibilities rather than shifting responsibilities by exposing the glitches, loopholes, and grey areas in systems as first step toward conflict resolution.
Università IUAV di Venezia, Ca’ Tron, Santa Croce, 1957
(November 25 and 26)  Event cancelled
Promoter: Vertical Geopolitics Lab
The participants selected for the main exhibition, Reporting From The Front
National Participations
Countries exhibited in their own pavilions at the 15th Intl. Architecture Exhibition
Collateral Events
Additional exhibitions and initiatives in Venice during the Architecture Biennale