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    • #708899
      shadow
      Participant

      This year’s entry in the Venice Biennale appears to return to the territory that Superstudio occupied in the 1970’s. The images may be tempered by a landscape concern rather than a geometric one but the result is the same, the overpowering of the natural world by the artifice of human intervention. Does this work attempt to sanction suburban development, such as holiday homes that have less impact because they (with massive amount of infrastructural costs) sink into the ground, or that the building of a superrailway will dissipate the negative spread of urban populations who desire to live as far away as possible from urban responsibilities. Civility without Civitas.

    • #784484
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      I’ve been watching the emergence of these entries with a growing sense of disbelief over the past few days, and have been surprised thus far with the total lack of comment on the subject here (mea culpa too, btw). I have a bit to say on them, but was waiting until we got the full lot before organising my thoughts. So, in short, I’ll be back. For now, I’ll say I agree with much you say, shadow, and almost entirely disagree with the content of Frank McD’s article in the IT quoting, amongst others, Ricky Burdett of LSE, one of the organisers.

      So why the silence here? Are you waiting like me for the full list? Or do you just not use the front page where they’re appearing? Or are you afraid…

      Ireland’s entry on suburbanisation a ‘key exhibit’ in Venice
      Frank McDonald, Environment Editor, in Venice

      Ireland’s ambitious entry in the Venice Biennale has been described by its director, Richard Burdett, as “one of the key exhibits” of the show, which this year is on the theme of “Cities, Architecture and Society”.

      Speaking at the official opening of the Irish exhibition, “From Sub-Urban to Super-Rural”, Prof Burdett decried the “erosion of rural space” by suburbanisation and warned that this would lead to “many problems” in the future.

      But he applauded the nine architectural practices which had collaborated on Ireland’s Biennale entry for the “polemical quality” of their presentation and on the ability of Irish people to “turn yourselves upside down”.

      “To see this exhibition that hits right on the mark of the ‘Cities, Architecture and Society’ theme makes me very happy, and I feel it is one of the key exhibits in this year’s Biennale,” he told the delighted Irish participants.

      Prof Burdett said that developing compact urban areas with good public transport represented the only way forward.

      Shane O’Toole, Irish commissioner for the Biennale, said that the last 40 years of planning in Ireland had been a “disaster”, but there was now a “small window of opportunity for us to rise above the urban/rural divide”.

      Seán Ó hUiginn, in his first official function as Ireland’s ambassador to Italy, said: “This is an extraordinary time in Ireland as we catch up infrastructurally. But with architecture we must remember that the risks of prosperity are often higher than the risks of poverty because of the mistakes that can be made”.

      James Pike, president of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland, told that gathering that his institute was formulating an initiative to counter-balance the growth of Dublin by focusing on Ireland’s other cities.

      This “Twice the Size” campaign would argue that Cork, Limerick, Galway and Waterford, as well as the other “gateways” identified in the Government’s 2002 National Spatial Strategy, should double in size by 2030.

      The Irish entry, which is competing against 49 other countries, was curated by Dublin-based FKL Architects and has been staged with the support of both Culture Ireland and the Arts Council.

      © The Irish Times

    • #784485
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      I was waiting to try and see if there was more information available on each entry. At present I feel it might be unfair to comment as I am not entirely sure what it is all about. As there is little to no chance of me getting over to see it, I don’t see this changing. I would hope that it is presented by itself as a stand alone exhibition (with background information on the original context given) upon the completion of the Biennale. I will have another look at what is on this site though.

    • #784486
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      You can download the projects on http://www.architecturefoundation.ie, in the contributors section.

    • #784487
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Thanks maggie. Hopefully there’ll be sufficient info there to allow a fairer appraisal of the projects.

    • #784488
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      A very interesting link.

      Some of the projects seem like comic books but FKL Architects and Henchion+Reuter Architects have some very well presented information.

      I note that Michael Bannon (Ex Prof of Planning at UCD) is one of the FKL team so I expect their entry is well researched.

      Dont know about the architectural merits of the entries but certainly the above two are interesting for a planner.

    • #784489
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      @publicrealm wrote:

      I note that Michael Bannon (Ex Prof of Planning at UCD) is one of the FKL team so I expect their entry is well researched.

      I’d be surprised if it was the same man. I have a vague memory that there’s a younger MB doing the rounds.
      Anyone know for sure?

    • #784490
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Yeah, FKL are a relatively young practice.

      Will the Irish entry be appearing over here at some stage? Will we be able to see it in Dublin? I would like to actually see it a bit better.

    • #784491
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      in my opinion none of the entries i saw there had any practical possibility,intresting but completly unrealistic!

    • #784492
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      @Devin wrote:

      Yeah, FKL are a relatively young practice.

      Will the Irish entry be appearing over here at some stage? Will we be able to see it in Dublin? I would like to actually see it a bit better.

      The exhibition is to tour the country this year according to Shane O’Toole writing recently in the Sunday Times:

      http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2101-2521003.html

    • #784493
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Thanks, phil.

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