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The fifteenth edition of Venice’s Biennale was opened: its keywords are recycling, reusing and sustainable urban regeneration.
The fifteenth edition of Venice’s Biennale, the exhibition inaugurated on May 28th and open until November 27th, is dedicated to the union of circular economy and architecture. A brief walk among the pavilions of the participating nations immediately reveals the keywords of the event: recycling, reusing and sustainable urban regeneration.
The three themes are immediately evident at the entrance of the Biennale, which consists of a structure of 100 tons of steel, 14 km of tubes, joints and junctions: the whole structure was made with waste material recovered from the previous edition of the exhibition.
Even the Italian pavilion, made by the studio TAMAssociati, was realized with materials recovered from the Irish pavilion at Expo. The space is dedicated to the message “Taking Care” and shows under three perspectives – thinking, meeting, acting – how architecture can be used to promote social and economic transformations of the built environment.
The Italian pavilion showcases 20 projects carried on by collective associations, third sector and social welfare associations. A few examples: the house of a mafia convict of the Casalesi clan was transformed into a museum, while the Teatro Sociale of Gualtieri, in Emilia Romagna, is being renovated by the collective work of a team of citizens, after being abandoned during the ‘70s.
“The Italian pavilion is focused on sustainable urban regeneration – explained Giuseppe Cappochin, president of the National Council of Architects, Planners, Landscapists and Preservers (CNAPPC) during the inauguration ceremony – It represents a vision of architecture aimed at improving suburbs and urban areas, but also at taking care of people and communities, fighting social marginalization and promoting cultural innovation”.