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VeniceBeyond Entropy, Fondazione Giorgio Cini and Biennale di Venezia, Autumn 2012
Friday 26 October – Thursday 1 November 2012
‘Tradition is not the cult of ashes but the custody of fire.’ Gustav Mahler
Territorial development in the Venice region is in a period of stasis. Economic, political and social forces have reached a level of saturation and immobility. Urban, natural and agricultural areas are no longer distinct, but have been compromised through a series of annexations and crossovers that have created an endless entropic landscape – northern Italy’s sprawl.
We will study the historical development of the relationship between Venice and the ‘terra ferma’, from Palladio to Studio Secchi Viganó, immersing ourselves in this region and proposing new ways to document and understand the urban sprawl. In contrast to the notion of ‘sightseeing’, the idea of ‘visiting’ offers direct spatial experience of the diffused city. Each participant in the Visiting School will become a detective, a forensic observer wandering, observing, documenting and collecting evidence of the dissipation of traditional forms of urban density and occupation.
After a visit to the Biennale, participants will be challenged with specific architectural tasks: How to map the daily transformation of the suburbs of Venice? How to represent the boundary of the city in the horizon of such endless urbanity? How to identify spaces for production and spaces for consumption? We will work individually and use video, performance, drawings and models as tools to survey and document the entropic landscape around Venice. We will produce an architectural survey in the form of prototypes that will be exhibited in a pop-up exhibition at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini in September
The deadline for applications is the 12 October 2012. All participants travelling from abroad are responsible for securing any visa required. After payment of fees, the AA can provide a letter confirming participation in the workshop. A portfolio or CV is not required, only the online application form and payment.
The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £350 per participant, which includes a £50 Visiting Membership. If you are already a member, the total fee will be reduced automatically by £50 by the online payment system. Fees are non refundable. A discounted fee of £100 pounds is available for AA students and AA staff. Fees do not include flights.
Accommodation during the workshop is not provided, but advice on accommodation options can be given. Students need to bring their own laptops, digital equipment and model making tools. Please ensure this equipment is covered by your own insurance as the AA takes no responsibility for items lost or stolen at the workshop.
The workshop is open to architecture and design students and professionals worldwide.