Courses in Contemporary Architecture and Design during Venice Biennale
Summer courses at the European Cultural Academy in Venice
May 22–November 17, 2018
European Cultural Academy
4013 Campo Manin
Courses in Contemporary Architecture and Design during Venice Biennale 2018.
The European Cultural Academy, Venice offers three summer courses this year that focus on architecture, the Biennale and design, specifically developed to align with the 16. Biennale Architettura—FREESPACE topic. The courses are constructed by James Taylor-Foster Contemporary curator at ArkDes, Sweden’s national centre for architecture and design and former European editor-at-large at ArchDaily.
The course fosters an understanding of the relationship between buildings and the city at large. Buildings are not isolated objects: they must react and respond to very particular urban conditions if they are to stand the test of time and, of course, delight us. In Venice this concern is particularly acute. These fundamental observations form the springboard for this course. The course is a combination of theory, workshops and visits. The introduction to People and Places provides the theoretical background while the workshop Drawing, Modelling & Photography provides the practical component. This segment of the course examines the three core tools in the architects’ toolbox: two- dimensional drawing, three-dimensional modelling, photography, and film. Visits include amongst others the Fondaco dei Tedeschi (by OMA), Venice Biennale and Punta della Dogana (by Tadao Ando).
This course gets to the grips with the 16th Architecture Biennale. Tours and reflections by experts and practitioners allows you to take the time to really see and understand the Biennale, large in scale and, for that reason, oftentimes intimidating: its history, contemporary position on the world stage, it’s unique model of exhibiting, and why it’s considered to be so important. Explore various ways to find your place in it: either as participant, organiser or experienced visitor. Visit the best country pavilions and have private tours with the organiser of Fentress Architects and Studio Daniel Libeskind installations.
Design: The World Around Us
This course focusses on understanding the role of design in relation to the built environment. In order to do this, it examines design as a broad topic: we are not interested in chairs, tables, and coffee cups. Design as field impacts all of us—at every moment of the day and across multiple scales. By exploring its relationship to architecture and urbanism, we aim to reveal its enduring relevance. The course is a combination of design theory and the significance of design at all scales, and what it means for our daily life. Further it explores colour theory, including myths and truths about the perception of colours. Visits include the iconic design sights such as the Olivetti Showroom and Orsoni Colour Library and meetings at local design studios.