On Monday the 27th August 2012, the British Pavilion, presented by the British Council, for the 13th Venice Architectural Biennale was officially launched.
The ‘Venice Takeaway’ project, curated by Vicky Richardson, Director of Architecture, Design and Fashion at the British Council, and Vanessa Norwood, Head of Exhibitions at the Architectural Association,invited ten architects to make overseas expeditions to conduct research relevant to UK issues which answered the question,‘What and who makes great architecture?’ The project corresponded with the theme of this year’s Biennale, curated by David Chipperfield, entitled ‘Common Ground’.
‘What great cities have in common is not ground but water’ said de Rijke in his presentation at the UK Pavilion at the Biennale. dRMM studied and documented IJburg, a prototype floating housing scheme in the east of Amsterdam designed in major part by Architect Marlies Rohmer, with additional self-build units also forming part of the scheme. The Ijburg project was analysed in terms of its leglisative, infrastructural and economic context, and for it’s potential as a design departure to the problem of regeneration, housing shortages and flood zone land use in the UK.
The dRMM team was Alex de Rijke, Isabel Pietri, Jonas Lencer and Merlin Ayrs.
For more information on the dRMM Venice Takeaway project, known as ‘The Dutch Way’, visit the following sites:
The official Venice Takeaway site
The Independent Observations: Intelligent anarchy for the UK
Dezeen UK should ‘Learn from the Netherlands’
The Observer Venice architecture biennale – review
Port Magazine Common Ground: 13th Architectural Biennale, Venice
Port Magazine The British Pavilion, Venice Takeaway
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