Venice 2016 – Hani Rashid with his research assistants and students at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, presents the Antarctica exhibition: visionary architectural proposals for the 6th continent. The projects are focused on the prospect of building new types and formations of communities for the late 21st century and beyond.
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The Antarctic is a powerful place of remarkable beauty and perfection. With global warming and rising sea levels, this precious place will undoubtedly be impacted. “The notion that it could one day see crop production alone begs one question. How we as architects and planners might consider such a strangely reconfigured global future?” says Hani Rashid.
“In Antarctica we have the opportunity to build with knowledge, intelligence… And with an eye on the future of the planet as a whole”. The works on exhibit are presented with holograms. The exhibition surveys seven scenarios where architecture is put forth as a potential solution.
The architectural visions tackle issues and possibilities such as robotic and printed building technologies, bioengineered material technologies, sustainable food supply systems and their infrastructure. On show also projects for sustainable energy harvesting and a number of other key issues that will impact our future.
“The exhibition targets the making of an architecture utilizing new and powerful tectonics. Here architectural form and space are integral to the solutions we need to seek out and manifest throughout this century and into the next” says Hani Rashid.
There is increasingly a plausibility to such a future. These extraordinary terrains of snow and ice might be massively overtaken out of necessity. “Today, we need to confront some serious questions as to how we might grapple with such an impending and stark reality” concludes Rashid.
The Antarctica exhibition will be open until the 21st of november (Tue-Sun, 12-4pm) at Fondaco Marcello, San Marco 3415 (Calle dei Garzoni).
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