Participarea Romaniei la Bienala de Arhitectura de la Venetia - 2010
The Romanian participation at the 12th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia features two projects: one exhibited in the Romanian Pavilion from Giardini di Castello and the other in the New Gallery of the Romanian Institute for Culture and Humanistic Research from Venice. With two separate, yet jointly projects,
Romania is creating a space of dialogue between two architectural approaches: public vs. private space and exterior vs. interior space.
The premise of the project entitled “1:1” is a radical one: architecture as translation of a unique idea, ultimately determining and defining the space we inhabit. The concept of exhibiting “space” and, by doing so, exploring its various aspects, translates at 1:1 scale an abstract and yet fundamental relationship between man and its space (the population density level in Bucharest is 94,44 m2/person, which is representative for the urban condition in Romania). The rotated geometry de-constructs and de-materializes the architectural object, creating a relationship between an individual, interior, sacred, private, abstract space and a collective, exterior, profane, public, real space.
curator of “1:1” project
The project “Superbia” (pride, lat.), speaks about the need for individuality - transposed upon one's image of their ideal home - about comfort and intimacy as goals (hard) to attain, by means of questioning the relation of interior vs. exterior, private vs. commonly shared space, in a debate in Romania's newly built suburbs. Last, but not least, it speaks about urban individuals’ ideal way of living in a place where urbanity itself is missing. Ideal living sometimes becomes self-centered and introverted. The personal search for comfort leads to over-emphasizing the interior, while the exterior seems abandoned. The built environment becomes a mere congestion of more or less striking simultaneous identities, inside an incoherent weaving. We can see in this simultaneity another type of coherence: that of distinct approaches, indifferent to each other. This becomes common place: a place for people to meet architecture, each of them with an architecture of their own.
Aldea Silviu and Sisak Tamás,
curators of “Superbia” project