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Venice Architecture Biennale Review part three

December 7, 2012

The 13th Venice Architecture Biennale, directed by David Chipperfield and titled Common Ground, closed on 25th November 2012 attracting 178,000 visitors. Please find below part three of our review by Gustavo Pernía. (You will find part one here and part two here.) From Arsenale Exploring the links between timber and brickwork the Irish architects Sheila O?Donnell and John Tuomey present Vessel, a wooden structure (passage, chamber and funnel) in raw dialogue with the layered brick construction of the site: the historic Arsenale, shipbuilding and archaic constructions reexamined.   A mold of Palladio?s Villa Rotunda is the center of a larger installation in which FAT architecture practice explore the concept of copying and transformation in architecture. Ines Weizman scrutinizes the ownership disputes regarding Adolf Loos?s Baker House design. An intricate yet fascinating copyrights thriller presented through diagrams and letters. San Rocco invites visitors to produce a library from other books photocopies. Architectural Doppelgängers presents a series of photographs of actual architectural copies facing their respective originals. A state-of-the-art installation.   The Torre David Gran Horizonte installation ?Golden Lion for best project- by Urban Think Tank studio, shows a documentary and photographs about the abandoned office building that is occupied by inhabitants of the Caracas? favelas. An [...]

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