Brazil Announces Exhibition Theme for 2016 Venice Biennale

Responding to curator Alejandro Aravena’s theme “Reporting from the front,” the Fundação Bienal de São Paulo has selected Washington Fajardo to present an exhibition titled “JUNTOS.” The project for the Brazilian pavilion will highlight stories of people who have fought to achieve changes in institutional passivity in Brazil’s big cities. They have created architecture within slow processes, bringing stable solutions in a politically tumultuous territory. According to the curator, “the exhibition is a composition of these pathways and partnerships, where activism meets architects and architecture, becoming a magnet in the preparation of a new space.”

According to Luis Terepins, president of the Fundação Bienal de São Paulo, Fajardo’s project is particularly suited to the general theme of the international event. “By establishing a dialogue between Brazilian architecture and contemporary international discussion, the Biennale aligns with the core mission of spreading the culture of the country in the global context,” said Terepins.

Afro-Brazilian culture, historical centers, access to culture through architecture and design–these are the stories of the Brazilian pavilion, in a search for what it means to be together (juntos), highlights Fajardo. The exhibition brings together process and their current states, which can be in designing stage, still-to-be-done, or finished. These are processes that speak of architecture, urban planning, cultural heritage, literature, social activism and technology; as a result, videos, photos, letters, articles, poems, texts, facts, drawings and data are also part of the show, “composing a memorial for these lives intertwined in improving the built environment, in their communities, in search of a way of being and knowing. ” To create the exhibition “TOGETHER” (JUNTOS), the Brazilian curator selected the following projects:

Vila Flores, Goma Oficina, Porto Alegre  – Associação Cultural Vila Flores

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Vila Flores, Goma Oficina, Porto Alegre - © Lauro Rocha. Image Courtesy of Fundação Bienal de São Paulo

Vila Flores, Goma Oficina, Porto Alegre – © Lauro Rocha. Image Courtesy of Fundação Bienal de São Paulo

Selo de Qualidade MCMV (Seal of Approval MCMV), Nanda Eskes (Atelier 77), Parauapebas, Pará (Pilot Project) – Letícia Monte, Instituto Casa (Convergência de Arte Sociedade e Arquitetura)

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Selo de Qualidade MCMV, Nanda Eskes (Atelier 77), Parauapebas, Pará (Projeto Piloto). Image Courtesy of Fundação Bienal de São Paulo

Selo de Qualidade MCMV, Nanda Eskes (Atelier 77), Parauapebas, Pará (Projeto Piloto). Image Courtesy of Fundação Bienal de São Paulo

Parque + Instituto Sitiê (Park + Institute Sitiê), Pedro Henrique de Cristo e Caroline Shannon de Cristo (+D Studio), Rio de Janeiro – Mauro Quintanilha, Paulo César de Almeida e Comunidade do Vidigal

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Parque + Instituto Sitiê, Pedro Henrique de Cristo e Caroline Shannon de Cristo (+D Studio), Rio de Janeiro. Image Courtesy of Fundação Bienal de São Paulo

Parque + Instituto Sitiê, Pedro Henrique de Cristo e Caroline Shannon de Cristo (+D Studio), Rio de Janeiro. Image Courtesy of Fundação Bienal de São Paulo

Parque de Madureira (Madureira Park), Ruy Rezende, Rio de Janeiro – Mauro Bonelli e Tia Surica

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Parque de Madureira, Ruy Rezende, Rio de Janeiro. Image Courtesy of Fundação Bienal de São Paulo

Parque de Madureira, Ruy Rezende, Rio de Janeiro. Image Courtesy of Fundação Bienal de São Paulo

Casa do Jongo (Jongo’s House), Pedro Évora e Pedro Rivera (Rua Arquitetos), Rio de Janeiro – Dyonne Boy e Tia Maria (Ong Jongo da Serrinha)

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Casa do Jongo, Pedro Évora e Pedro Rivera (Rua Arquitetos), Rio de Janeiro. Image Courtesy of Fundação Bienal de São Paulo

Casa do Jongo, Pedro Évora e Pedro Rivera (Rua Arquitetos), Rio de Janeiro. Image Courtesy of Fundação Bienal de São Paulo

Circuito da Herança Africana (Circuit of African Heritage), Sara Zewde, Instituto Rio Patrimônio da Humanidade, Rio de Janeiro – (Merced Guimarães, IPN, Damião Braga, Quilombo da Pedra do Sal, Pequena África, Tia Ciata, Giovanni Harvey, Grupo de Trabalho Curatorial do Projeto Urbanístico, Arquitetônico e Museológico do Circuito)

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Circuito da Herança Africana, Sara Zewde, Instituto Rio Patrimônio da Humanidade, Rio de Janeiro. Image Courtesy of Fundação Bienal de São Paulo

Circuito da Herança Africana, Sara Zewde, Instituto Rio Patrimônio da Humanidade, Rio de Janeiro. Image Courtesy of Fundação Bienal de São Paulo

Circo Crescer e Viver (Growing and Living Circus), Rodrigo Azevedo (AAA_Azevedo Agência de Arquitetura) e Maxime Baron, Rio de Janeiro – Junior Perim e Vinicius Daumas

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Circo Crescer e Viver, Rodrigo Azevedo (AAA_Azevedo Agência de Arquitetura) e Maxime Baron, Rio de Janeiro. Image Courtesy of Fundação Bienal de São Paulo

Circo Crescer e Viver, Rodrigo Azevedo (AAA_Azevedo Agência de Arquitetura) e Maxime Baron, Rio de Janeiro. Image Courtesy of Fundação Bienal de São Paulo

Escola Vidigal (Vidigal School), Brenda Bello e Basil Walter (BWArchitects), Rio de Janeiro – Vik Muniz

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Escola Vidigal, Brenda Bello e Basil Walter (BWArchitects), Rio de Janeiro. Image Courtesy of Fundação Bienal de São Paulo

Escola Vidigal, Brenda Bello e Basil Walter (BWArchitects), Rio de Janeiro. Image Courtesy of Fundação Bienal de São Paulo

Escola Novo Mangue (New Mangue School), Bruno Lima, Francisco Rocha, Lula Marcondes, (O Norte -Oficina de Criação), Recife – Comunidade do Coque

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Escola Novo Mangue, Bruno Lima, Francisco Rocha, Lula Marcondes, (O Norte -Oficina de Criação), Recife - © Chico Rocha. Image Courtesy of Fundação Bienal de São Paulo

Escola Novo Mangue, Bruno Lima, Francisco Rocha, Lula Marcondes, (O Norte -Oficina de Criação), Recife – © Chico Rocha. Image Courtesy of Fundação Bienal de São Paulo

Casa da Vila Matilde (Vila Matilde House), Danilo Terra, Pedro Tuma, Fernanda Sakano (Terra e Tuma Arquitetos Associados), São Paulo – Dona Dalva Borges Ramos

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Casa da Vila Matilde, Danilo Terra, Pedro Tuma, Fernanda Sakano (Terra e Tuma Arquitetos Associados), São Paulo - © Pedro Kok. Image Courtesy of Fundação Bienal de São Paulo

Casa da Vila Matilde, Danilo Terra, Pedro Tuma, Fernanda Sakano (Terra e Tuma Arquitetos Associados), São Paulo – © Pedro Kok. Image Courtesy of Fundação Bienal de São Paulo

Placas de Rua da Maré (Street Signs in Maré), Laura Taves, Azulejaria, Rio de Janeiro – ONG Redes de Desenvolvimento da Maré (parceria)

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Placas de Rua da Maré, Laura Taves, Azulejaria, Rio de Janeiro. Image Courtesy of Fundação Bienal de São Paulo

Placas de Rua da Maré, Laura Taves, Azulejaria, Rio de Janeiro. Image Courtesy of Fundação Bienal de São Paulo

Ciclo Rotas do Centro (Cycle Routes in the Center), Clarisse Linke (Instituto de Políticas de Transporte e Desenvolvimento – ITDP Brasil), Zé Lobo (Transporte Ativo), Pedro Rivera (Studio-X), Rio de Janeiro – Usuário de bicicleta

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Ciclo Rotas do Centro, Clarisse Linke (Instituto de Políticas de Transporte e Desenvolvimento - ITDP Brasil), Zé Lobo (Transporte Ativo), Pedro Rivera (Studio-X), Rio de Janeiro - © Stefano Aguiar. Image Courtesy of Fundação Bienal de São Paulo

Ciclo Rotas do Centro, Clarisse Linke (Instituto de Políticas de Transporte e Desenvolvimento – ITDP Brasil), Zé Lobo (Transporte Ativo), Pedro Rivera (Studio-X), Rio de Janeiro – © Stefano Aguiar. Image Courtesy of Fundação Bienal de São Paulo

Programa Vivenda (Housing Program), Fernando Amiky Assad, Igiano Lima de Souza, Marcelo Zarzuela Coelho, São Paulo – Comunidade Jardim Ibirapuera

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 Programa Vivenda, Fernando Amiky Assad, Igiano Lima de Souza, Marcelo Zarzuela Coelho, São Paulo. Image Courtesy of Fundação Bienal de São Paulo

Programa Vivenda, Fernando Amiky Assad, Igiano Lima de Souza, Marcelo Zarzuela Coelho, São Paulo. Image Courtesy of Fundação Bienal de São Paulo

 Complexo Jardim Edite (Garden Complex), Fernando de Mello Franco, Marta Moreira e Milton Braga (MMBB); Eduardo Ferroni e Pablo Hereñú (H+F), São Paulo – Miguel Luiz Bucalem (Secretário Municipal do Desenvolvimento Urbano), Elton Santa Fé Zacarias (Secretário de Habitação, 2009-2010), Ricardo Pereira Leite (Secretário de Habitação, 2010-2012), Elisabeth França (Superintendente e secretária adjunta), Luiz Fernando Fachini (Coordenador de projetos)

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Complexo Jardim Edite, Fernando de Mello Franco, Marta Moreira e Milton Braga (MMBB); Eduardo Ferroni e Pablo Hereñú (H+F), São Paulo - © Nelson Kon. Image Courtesy of Fundação Bienal de São Paulo

Complexo Jardim Edite, Fernando de Mello Franco, Marta Moreira e Milton Braga (MMBB); Eduardo Ferroni e Pablo Hereñú (H+F), São Paulo – © Nelson Kon. Image Courtesy of Fundação Bienal de São Paulo

 Piseagrama, Fernanda Regaldo, Renata Marquez, Roberto Andrés e Wellington Cançado (editores); Felipe Carnevalli e Vitor Lagoeiro (editores assistentes); Paula Lobato (estagiária), Belo Horizonte – Comunidade e Colaboradores

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Piseagrama, Fernanda Regaldo, Renata Marquez, Roberto Andrés e Wellington Cançado (editores); Felipe Carnevalli e Vitor Lagoeiro (editores assistentes); Paula Lobato (estagiária), Belo Horizonte. Image Courtesy of Fundação Bienal de São Paulo

Piseagrama, Fernanda Regaldo, Renata Marquez, Roberto Andrés e Wellington Cançado (editores); Felipe Carnevalli e Vitor Lagoeiro (editores assistentes); Paula Lobato (estagiária), Belo Horizonte. Image Courtesy of Fundação Bienal de São Paulo

See our full covrage of the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale

With “Reporting from the front,” Chilean architect and 2016 Biennale director Alejandro Aravena aims to bring together projects whose ultimate goal is to improve people’s quality of life.

Commissioner: Luis Terepins, Presidente da Fundação Bienal de São Paulo

Curator: Washington Fajardo

Exhibition title: JUNTOS

Venue: Brazilian Pavilion

Address: Giardini Castello, Padiglione Brasile, 30122 Venice, Italy

Date: 28 May –  27 November 2016

Indoor tile / poolside / floor-mounted / porcelain stoneware NUANCES: QUERCIA

Indoor tile / poolside / floor-mounted / porcelain stoneware NUANCES: QUERCIA FAP ceramiche

Characteristics

  • Location:

    indoor, poolside

  • Installation:

    floor-mounted

  • Material:

    porcelain stoneware

  • Finish:

    polished

  • Appearance:

    wood look

  • Other characteristics:

    European Eco-label

Description

Nuances, the porcelain stoneware floor tile collection by FAP ceramiche, characterised by a warm wood-effect surface, has been enhanced with the addition of an exclusive new 25×150 cm RT size listel tile, available in the finishes Sandalo, Rovere and Faggio and offering a faithful reproduction of the natural veining effects of sandalwood, durmast and beech.

Available also in rectified slatted 22.5×90 cm and 15×90 cm sizes, Nuances reaches the height of its expression in the multi-tone colour option, featuring a blend of shades that are delightfully sophisticated, both contemporary and ageless at the same time, crafted in colours that mimic beech, durmast, sandalwood oak, olive and walnut respectively: Faggio, Rovere, Sandalo, Quercia, Ulivo and Noce. In addition, even more exclusive, sophisticated settings can be created by selecting a wide range of special trims and decorations, with the latter including the traditional-style Classic Tappeto and Mosaico, for minimalist designs. A wide range that offers the opportunity to create colour and size combinations with an extensive scope, with an aged look, yet designed to last.

Nuances, also ideal for walls, is available in the “OUT” version: the natural, sophisticated anti-slip surface is suitable for outdoor paving, terraces and swimming pools, thus guaranteeing maximum continuity of style between indoor and outdoor settings, for both residential and commercial premises.
This excellent result is thanks to Fap Ceramiche’s constant investments in the research and development of sophisticated, distinctive new materials, with an increasingly attentive eye on design.

Kitchen tile / for bathrooms / wall-mounted / sandstone FRAME SAND

Kitchen tile / for bathrooms / wall-mounted / sandstone FRAME SAND FAP ceramiche

Characteristics

  • Location:

    kitchen, for bathrooms

  • Installation:

    wall-mounted

  • Material:

    sandstone

  • Finish:

    high-gloss

Description

Glossy white body wall tiles and porcelain stoneware floor tiles. FRAME contemporary surface: a resin soul within a ceramic covering material. A collection with a glossy surface, composed of rectified white body wall tiles, size 30.5×56 cm and coordinated porcelain stoneware tiles, size 60×60 cm and extra size 75×150 cm. Frame reproduces the resin effect, with a myriad of nuances of colour. A complete collection of textures and 3D decorations to grace your walls.

Bathroom tile / for kitchens / floor-mounted / wall-mounted ROMA TRAVERTINO

Bathroom tile / for kitchens / floor-mounted / wall-mounted ROMA TRAVERTINO FAP ceramiche

Characteristics

  • Location:

    for kitchens, for bathrooms

  • Installation:

    wall-mounted, floor-mounted

  • Material:

    porcelain stoneware

  • Finish:

    brushed, matte

  • Appearance:

    stone look

Description

Roma is the new porcelain stoneware floor tile and white body wall tile collection by Fap ceramiche that reinterprets the embracing charm of marble and stone in a contemporary key.
The absolute star of this new collection is matter: Fap has managed to capture and reproduce the extreme realism and naturalness of the special colours and appearance of stone and marble, interpreting a selection of precious, fashionable marbles in six different shades: Grafite, Statuario, Calacatta, Imperiale, Pietra and Travertino. The result is a fine balance between soft surfaces and the natural effect of matter.

Roma combines all the technological know-how of Fap ceramiche. The porcelain stoneware floor tiles run from large rectified sizes – 75×150, 75×75, 60×60 and 30×60 cm (available in both Matt and the unique Lux brushed versions), to small sizes with a craft flavour, 20×20, 7.5×30 cm and hexagon 21.6×25 cm (all with Matt finish). The white body wall tiles, with Matt finish, come in size 25×75 cm and in the brand new extra-size 50×110 cm RT, an absolute first for the market.

The wall tiling in the collection is available in both sizes and with two 3D surface finishes: Filo, reproducing an elegant reed pattern typical of contemporary marble processing and Fold, a charming structure creating prisms of light.

The range also includes a rich variety of inserts and mosaics for both floor and wall.

Steven Holl to Design a Program and Masterplan Study for Williams College

Steven Holl to Design a Program and Masterplan Study for Williams College, Courtesy of SHA
Courtesy of SHA

Steven Holl Architects (SHA) has been commissioned by Williams College to complete a program and masterplan study for the Williams College Department of Art and Museum of Art (WCMA). “The Master Plan aims to evaluate programming and space needs toward the determination of a program to catalyze the engagement of students, faculty and visitors with the visual arts,” says SHA.

After talking with nearly 30 distinct groups of students, faculty and museum staff, SHA defined five main goals in which the study is based on:

  • Expand William College’s art presence in the region;
  • Connect the arts across campus;
  • Shape campus space, connecting interior to exterior;
  • Make architecture in complementary relation to the picturesque campus;
  • Create inspiring spaces for teaching and exhibiting art.

“Historically one of the most important launching institutions for museum leaders around the world,Williams College extends its dedication to excellence in art education with this new campus development phase,” said Steven Holl.

“It is a great honor to work with the College to enhance the research and teaching spaces of the art department, and to expand WCMA’s unique role as a teaching museum and a regional center for public intellectual life,” added Senior Partner Chris McVoy.

The commissioners selected Holl for his extensive background in arts, campus and education facilities. Some of SHA’s most notable projects include The Glasgow School of Art’s Seona Reid Building, Columbia University’s Campbell Sports Center, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and Simmons Hall at MIT. In addition to this, the practice has eight projects currently under construction, such as the Virginia Commonwealth University’s Institute for Contemporary Art, the Glassell School of Art, the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts Expansion, The Lewis Center of the Arts at Princeton, and the University of Iowa’s Visual Arts Building.

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