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Columbia GSAPP at
2016 Venice Biennale of Architecture

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Press Release
16 March 2016

Columbia GSAPP presents its research on architecture and climate change through a book launch and reading room installation at the 2016 Venice Biennale. The school is also represented through the participation of many faculty, alumni, and students in the main exhibition, pavilions, and related events

Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (Columbia GSAPP) is represented at the 2016 Venice Biennale for Architecture through original programming and the participation of its faculty and alumni in various national pavilions and Alejandro Aravena’s main exhibition. Columbia GSAPP’s Publications team is organizing the display Footnotes on Climate, on view in the Giardini’s Book Pavilion for the duration of the biennale, and will host a book launch on May 27 for the new release Climates: Architecture and the Planetary Imaginary (Columbia Books on Architecture and the City with Lars Müller Publishers).

Book Launch for Climates: Architecture and the Planetary Imaginary
Sala F, Central Pavilion, Giardini, May 27, 2016 at 5:30pm

The reception celebrates Climates: Architecture and the Planetary Imaginary, a print project of the Avery Review, co-published by Columbia Books on Architecture and the City and Lars Müller Publishers. Remarks by Dean Amale Andraos and Director of Publications James Graham will be accompanied by drinks and refreshments.

Footnotes on Climate: A Reading List on Architecture and Climate Change
Stirling Book Pavilion, Giardini, through November 27, 2016

This selection of nearly 100 books serves as a collection of documents that asks us to consider how climate intersects with architectural ideas. Organized by Columbia GSAPP’s Publications team and the Avery Review, the entries are largely drawn from the recently published Climates: Architecture and the Planetary Imaginary, and are organized by themes that emerged in the process of editing the book: Earths, Political Ecologies, Corporealities, and Enclosures. Gathered in the form of footnotes, the wide-ranging ideas and research on the histories, theories, and practices that confront the problem of climate are offered in anticipation of thoughts, conversations, and texts yet to come.

Footnotes on Climate is accompanied by a free reference brochure that will also be hosted on Columbia GSAPP’s new digital Reader, accessible here.

Columbia GSAPP faculty participating in the 2016 Venice Biennale

  • Hilary Sample and her firm MOS are participating in the U.S. Pavilion. The exhibition The Architectural Imagination (curated by Cynthia Davidson and Monica Ponce de Leon) comprises speculative architectural projects designed for specific sites in Detroit. More info

  • Juan Herreros and his firm estudioHerreros are participating in the Spanish Pavilion. The exhibition Unfinished (curated by Iñaqui Carnicero and Carlos Quintans) reveals architects’ alternate strategies and creative speculations developed in response to the economic and construction crisis in Spain of recent years. The project Galería de Arte Contemporáneo Carreras-Múgica by estudioHerreros is included in the exhibition’s thematic section “Adaptable”. More info

  • Studio-X Rio Director Pedro Rivera and his firm Rua Arquitetos are participating in the Brazilian Pavilion. The exhibition Juntos (curated by Washington Fajardo) highlights architectural projects that achieve change within the slow and politically tumultuous territory of large Brazilian cities. This includes Casa do Jongo by Rua Arquitetos, as well as the urban intervention Ciclo Rotas do Centro, co-produced by Columbia GSAPP’s Studio-X Rio. More info

  • Kunlé Adeyemi and his firm NLÉ will create a new installation as part of the main exhibition, Reporting from the Front, curated by the 2016 Venice Biennale director Alejandro Aravena. More info

  • Bryony Roberts edited the book Tabula Plena, a collaboration between Columbia GSAPP and the Oslo School of Architecture and Design and published by Lars Müller Publishers. A book launch will take place at the Nordic Pavilion, Giardini, on May 26, 2016 at 4:00pm. More info

  • Lluís Alexandre Casanovas Blanco, Ignacio González Galán, Carlos Mínguez Carrasco, Alejandra Navarrete Llopis, and Marina Otero Verzier are Columbia GSAPP faculty and alumni who make up the After Belonging Agency that is curating the 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale. The team will launch the After Belonging triennale program with an event at the Nordic Pavilion, Giardini, on May 28, 2016 at 1:00pm. More info

  • Yehuda Safran curated the exhibition Adolf Loos: Our Contemporary, opening at the Biblioteca Marciana on May 31, 2016 at 6:00pm. More info

  • Nina Valerie Kolowratnik and alumnus Johannes Pointl contributed as authors to the publication Places for People for the Austrian Pavilion, which addresses issues of refugee accommodations in Austria. More info

  • Columbia GSAPP Director of Publications James Graham presents The Avery Review at the event “P.O.P. (Published on Paper)”, held at Cotonificio Auditorium, IUAV on May 25, 2016 at 3:00pm. More info

Columbia GSAPP alumni and students participating in the 2016 Venice Biennale

  • Marcelo López-Dinardi and V. Mitch McEwen are current members of the GSAPP Incubator. Their firm A(n) Office is participating alongside Hilary Sample (MOS) and others in the U.S. Pavilion’s exhibition The Architectural Imagination (curated by Cynthia Davidson and Monica Ponce de Leon).

  • As co-editor of The Architecture Lobby, Ph.D. candidate Manuel Shvartzberg is presenting the book Asymmetric Labors: The Economy of Architecture in Theory and Practice at the New Zealand Exhibition, Palazzo Bollani on May 27, 2016 at 3:00pm. The event also includes professor Leah Meisterlin.

  • Saphiya Abu Al-Maati is one of 10 graduate students and recent alumni contributing to the exhibition Between East and West: a Gulf at the Kuwait National Pavilion.

  • Michelle Tabet is collaborating with the architecture studio Aileen Sage to create the installation The Pool – Architecture, Culture and Identity in Australia for the Australian Pavilion, Giardini.

  • Alireza Razavi and his firm Studio Razavi Architects are participating in the exhibition Time – Space – Existence, organized by the European Cultural Center and Global Art Affairs Foundation at the Palazzo Bembo, Palazzo Mora, and Palazzo Rossini, San Marco.