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la Biennale di Venezia
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Progetto Venezia

3rd International Architecture Exhibition
Director: Aldo ROSSI
20th July – 29th September 1985
Site: Padiglione Italia ai Giardini
Director appointed by President Paolo Portoghesi
The third edition of the Architecture Biennale takes place three years after the second one, and is directed by Aldo Rossi (Portoghesi became President of the Biennale in the meantime). Its title, Progetto Venezia, resumes the two key concepts of the exhibition: the priority given to the moment of planning and the comparison with the Venetian landscape. Aldo Rossi invites affirmed architects, but also young and less famous ones, to display their ideas and designs for the requalification or the transformation of specific areas of the lagoon town and its mainland. An international jury is appointed, with the aim of selecting the best projects.

In a city known for its antimodern character, where it is extremely difficult to create new architectural spaces, the challenge and the opportunity to reinvent urban sites given by Progetto Venezia is praised by many. Approximately 1500 participants from all over the world apply for the selection. The theme is extended to other areas of Veneto and Friuli as well as Venice itself. Peter Eisenman’s suggestion, that is to re-elaborate the history and the legend of Romeo and Juliet, and Libeskind’s intervention designs for Palmanova, are among the most interesting examples this Biennale offered.

The theme that got much of the interest from participating architects is the invitation to re-design the Accademia Bridge on the Grand Canal. The possible suggestions go from those that are still anchored to Venetian artistic roots, such as the Venturi/Rauch/Scott-Brown’s one, to those creating innovative architectural movements, such as those of Franco Purini and Costantino Dardi.

The diversity of points of view collected at the Padiglione Italia at the Giardini, the significant participation among young people and all the energies mobilized by the third Architecture Biennale, testify the high profile quality level reached by is exhibitions.

Stone Lions for the winners of Progetto Venezia:
Robert Venturi, Manuel Pascal Schupp, COPRAT, Franco Purini (Accademia Bridge)
Raimund Abraham, Raimund Fein, Peter Nigst, Giangiacomo D’Ardia (Ca’ Venier dei Leoni)
Alberto Ferlenga (Piazza di Este)
Daniel Liebeskind (Piazza di Palmanova)
Laura Foster Nicholson (Villa Farsetti at Santa Maria di Sala)
Maria Grazia Sironi and Peter Eisenman (Castelli di Romeo and Juliet at Montecchio Maggiore)