New social scenes At Negozio Olivetti, architecture means togetherness
A place that is unlike any other in Venice as far as twentieth-century architecture goes, is the Negozio Olivetti. Architectural genius Carlo Scarpa paired very original and innovative elements in such a unique context as Piazza San Marco to create this store in 1958, at the time of the Italian economic miracle. Today, the space is managed by FAI, an Italian heritage trust and NGO. Parallel to the Architecture Biennale, Negozio Olivetti houses an exhibition produced by FAI with the participation of the Guild of Architects of Venice and IQD Magazine: Together. L’abitare contemporaneo di ieri, oggi e domani, curated by Daniele Lauria.
The exhibition is an original contribution to the debate proposed by Hashim Sarkis for the Architecture Biennale: How will we live together? and offers some answers thanks to the involvement of architects and urban planners from around the world organized in three sections: Yesterday, Today, and For Venice.
A conversationi curator Daniele Lauria had with Architect Balkrishna Vithaldas Doshi, awarded the 2018 Pritzker Prize, inspired the exhibition, which focuses on the word together – the key to effective answers to elaborate complexity exacerbated by the ongoing pandemic and a reflection that builds upon the fundamental themes of respect for the genius loci, the use of local materials and techniques, the involvement of the community, sustainability as a way to respect nature and future generations.
New spaces for new forms of collective living
The urgency to find new ways to use urban spaces and to find new forms of collective life are the communal elements featured in all projects in the several sections. The exhibitions, curated by Studio Lauria Network and engineered by De Castelli and Martinelli Luce, opens with section Yesterday, a collection of lesser-known European projects of architectural solutions – buildings, neighbourhoods, and cities – based on models of participation and socialization. There is the famous Unité d’Habitation by Le Corbusier, depicted in its construction phase in yet-unseen photographs, Viennese examples of social housing, designs by Hassan Fathy, Vilanova Artigas, Lina Bo Bardi, Paulo Mendes da Rocha, and Giovanni Michelucci, and a synopsis of the PREVI project in Lima, which saw the participation of some of the greatest architects in the world.
In the Today section, we will see new buildings or buildings under construction, which will make us reflect on the involvement of local communities, on the generosity of public spaces, on sustainability as a collective responsibility, and on our ability to recycle and upcycle extant architecture. There will also be schools and museums, pieces of infrastructure, houses of worship, and cultural spaces.
For Venice is a selection of designs and sketches on the past and future of Venice. Of particular relevance are some Venetian drawings by German Samper, a design by Gino Valle for houses on the Giudecca islands, and one by Paulo Mendes da Rocha. Lastly, ‘visions’ by local architects look at today and to the Venice of tomorrow – premonitions of socialization spaces, new ways to share urban space, and new forms of collective living.
Together. L’abitare contemporaneo di ieri, oggi e domani
Until 21 November 2021
Negozio Olivetti, Piazza San Marco 101