Composite Presence  - Biennale Architettura 2021

An exhibition by
C. Giazzo 1 , 30122 Venedig Map
Tue–Sun 10 am–6 pm

The Flanders Architecture Institute is commissioner of Composite Presence, the Belgian contribution to the Biennale Architettura 2021 in Venice. The exhibition, curated by Bovenbouw Architectuur, shows a model landscape representing the friction between city and architecture in Flanders.

Composite Presence
The scenography by Bovenbouw Architectuur shows a piece of urban landscape on a scale of 1/15. Fifty recent projects by 45 contemporary Belgian practices contribute to the imaginary landscape. This selection of projects depicts a healthy architectural ecology in which different styles, functions and typologies coincide. Many of these projects are refurbishments and adaptations, adding up to the variegated experience of form, time and texture. Whether projects are modest reuses or shiny newbies, they all share an interest in contributing to a city that is simultaneously patched up and balanced. 

The project selection also reveals the importance of the current policies in Belgium when it comes to city planning and tendering. Many of the designs in this cityscape stem from procedures set up by city architects, the Flemish Government Architect, and related committees and administrations. This model arrangement simulates the negotiated urban environment that has slowly emerged from this field of expertise.  (Dirk Somers, curator)

Belgian pavilion 2021
The Flanders Architecture Institute is producer and commissioner of the exhibition in the Belgian pavilion at the seventeenth edition of the Biennale Architettura 2021 in Venice. In August 2019, a call was sent to architects, urban planners, designers, researchers, critics and artists to develop an exhibition concept that responds to the theme of memory as a design studio.

Out of 57 entries, the jury selected Bovenbouw Architectuur as the winner.