IN STATU QUO: Israel Pavilion’s exhibition at Venice Biennale 2018 unravels the Geopolitics of Holy Spaces

In statu quo: structures of negotiation: Israel Pavilion @ Venice Biennale 2018 - Photo by Italo Rondinella courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia.

The busy timetable of functions of the many Christian communities sharing the Holy Sepulchre, visionary and never-realized masterplans for the Western Wall Plaza and the unique routines of a site switching from mosque to Jewish worshipping venue within 24 hours. The In Statu Quo exhibition at Israel Pavilion at Venice Biennale 2018 shows the fragile system of co-existence of 5 iconic holy sites.

Holy, holistic, resilient, rebellious and on-the-border: 5 recurring keywords at Venice Biennale 2018

Nordic Pavilion - Photography is by Andrea Ferro. Courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia.

5 recurring keywords at Venice Biennale 2018. National pavilions respond to to the FREESPACE main theme with visionary masterplans for Jerusalem Western Wall, a Trump defying US-Mexico border, the millennials’ occupation of Budapest’s Liberty bridge and more…

Border walls’ architecture from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe

Border Walls - View of Spanish-Moroccoan fence in Melilla

Trump’s wall and the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) splitting the Korean peninsula in two… These border walls are just the tip of a global iceberg. Archipanic explores protectionist and divisive constructions across Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Life Object: Israeli architects and scientists merge architecture and biology

Life Object exhibition at Israel Pavilion - Photo by Dacian Groza, courtesy of Israel Pavilion.

A breathing building ventilated like a living organism, floating villages which bring life back to the Dead Sea and a Life Object inspired by the resilience of a bird’s nest. Israel pavilion at Venice Biennale foresees a more sustainable future achieved through blending architecture and biology.

Eight fronts, battlefronts and frontiers on show at Venice Architecture Biennale 2016

Which are the fronts that architects can tackle in order to improve people’s life? We examine eight fronts and key topics explored by must-see exhibitions at Venice Architecture Biennale 2016.

The Urburb

The Israeli pavilion at Venice Architecture Biennale 2014 is focused on the concept of Uburb, a neologism that mesh urban and suburban as the result of 100 years modernist planning in Israel. Four sand printers sketch, erase and re-sketch scenarios of a condense society living in isolated residential-buildings sprawled and isolated throughout the country.