Presenting a series of mini lectures from former and current curators, architects and artists of the Venice Architecture Biennale to discuss the cultural and environmental transformations in the city, and to ask how we can re-awaken the presence of water, ground and landscape as elements held ‘in common’ in our urban imaginaries.
How do we experience ‘water’ and ‘ground’ and how can the idea of ‘fluid ground’ serve as common thread for experience, understanding and knowledge of place?Our interaction with water and ground form multiple stories, with water as source, sewer, and communication channel, and shared ground driving the process of city transformation.
In this talk we open a conversation about transformations through water and ground to create new spaces for collective memory and desire. What are water and ground as a material – what does it mean to use it, contaminate it, remediate it? What is fluid ground as an entity – what are its physical and metaphorical boundaries? How do the stories of transformation connect to create space for collective memory and desire, and places for new cultural and environmental imagination? How do the canals of Venice speak from coast line in Europe to the creeks of Manila and the wetlands of Hong Kong? We will gather our discussions in the open space of the Hong Kong Pavilion.
Urban Radicals (Era Savvides and Nasios Varnavas) is a collaborative architecture and design studio which started out in 2019 with the ambition to form a network of collaborators, to solve problems across contexts and scales. In 2021 UrbanRadicals were selected to design and co-curate the Cyprus Pavilion for the 17th Venice Architecture Biennale and were awarded Best New Practices 2021 by Archdaily. In 2022 they were selected as 1 of 6 young architects in residence at the Architecture Foundation, London.
JanJongert is a founding partner of Super use Studios, where he develops tools and processes and realises concrete projects that stimulate local exchange and production, as an alternative to transporting raw materials, products and parts all over the world. Jongert is mainly concerned with ‘flows’, both in interiors and in urban areas and in industry. He studies how they progress and builds new cross-connections and shortcuts that provide ecosystems with alternative new value. Currently a senior researcher at Rotterdam University of AppliedSciences, Jongert also teaches system design for various architecture and design master’s degree courses worldwide.
ChoieFunk is a Manila-born designer, educator and community builder. Her wide array of experiences in cultural endeavours, working for poor communities as well as her international travels and relations through a dialogue of life and study have been the basis for a later foray into architecture contextualised in the environments she finds herself in. This has led her to create a manifesto for architecture and design that is relationship-based, highly responsive in its practice that is interdisciplinary, multi-scalar and human-centred, greatly learning from nature.
Sam Domingo is a researcher, theatre practitioner, curator, and artist. Born and raised in the Philippines, she creates literary pieces such as essays, poems and plays, and other creative works that have reached more territories than her two feet. Her writings were featured in various projects and literary journals in Europe, Asia, and Australia, some of which were written for the Ujazdowski Castle Center for Contemporary Art, CorditePoetry Review, Sing Lit Station, and Lampara Publishing. She contributes toCODAME, a US-based NGO that combines art and technology, and Tambisan sa Sining, a cultural group of Filipino artist-activists.
Justin Hui Drawing on his practice in architecture and urbanism, Justin explores themes that engender land development, absence, memory, phenomenology, and globalization. As well as photography, he uses mediums such as archival research, writing, mapping, and found objects. He is a licensed architect who worked at Herzog& de Meuron and Office for Metropolitan Architecture, and holds a B.Archfrom Cornell University. He recently published his first photobook, NewTerritories, with Asia One. He lives and works between Hong Kong and New York.
Paolo Zaide is an architect, academic and curator and Course Leader forBA Architecture at the University of Westminster. He has taught at several institutions since 2002 including London Metropolitan University, Central SaintMartins, the London School of Architecture and the Bartlett, UCL. He holds aPhD in Architecture and Urban Design from the Royal College of Art (2018), and his research, teaching and design practice focus on climate change and specifically the problem of sea level change in densely crowded cities.