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Awards of the 17th International Architecture Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia

Place: Venice, Italy
Year: 2021
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The Awards Ceremony took place on 30 August at Ca’ Giustinian, the headquarters of La Biennale di Venezia. The international Jury of the 17th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia composed by Kazuyo Sejima (president, Japan), Sandra Barclay (Peru), Lamia Joreige (Lebanon) Lesley Lokko (Ghana-Scotland), Luca Molinari (italy), has decided to present following awards:

Golden Lion for Best National Participation:

United Arab EmiratesWetland

Commissioner: Salama Bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation
Curators: Wael Al Awar and Kenichi Teramoto
Venue: Arsenale

Golden Lion for Best National Participation to United Arab Emirates for a bold experiment which encourages us to think about the relationship between waste and production at both the local and global scales, and opens to new construction possibilities between craft and high technology.

© Andrea Avezzù
© Andrea Avezzù

Two special mentions has been awarded to the following National Participations:

Russia – Open!

Commissioner: Teresa Iarocci Mavica
Curator: Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli
Exibitors: KASA (Kovaleva and Sato Architects), Mikhail Maximov, Lion & Unicorn, Ilia Mazo, Yuliya Kozhemyako, Electric Red, Pavel Milyakov aka Buttechno, Vladmir Rannev
Venue: Giardini

Special mention as National Participation to Russia for a sensitive and careful architectural renovation of a historical pavilion at the Giardini that opens it to its immediate surroundings and to the future.

© Marco Cappelletti
© Marco Cappelletti

Philippines – Structures of Mutual Support

Commissioner: National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Arsenio “Nick” Lizaso, Chairman;
Curators/Exibitors: Framework Collaborative (GK Enchanted Farm Community, Architects Sudarshan Varsovia Khadka Jr. and Alexander Eriksson Furunes)
Venue: Arsenale

Special mention as National Participation to Philippines for this exemplary community project that creates a rich archive and experience of collaborative construction practices. 

© Andrea Avezzù
© Andrea Avezzù

Golden Lion for the best participant in the 17th Exhibition How will we live together? to:

Raumlaborberlin (Berlin, Germany)Instances of Urban Practice

Andrea Hofmann, Axel Timm, Benjamin Foerster-Baldenius, Christof Mayer, Florian Stirnemann, Francesco Apuzzo, Frauke Gerstenberg, Jan Liesegang e Markus Bader
Venue: Corderie of the Arsenale

Golden Lion for the best participant in the 17th Exhibition How will we live together? to Raumlaborberlin for an inspiring collaborative approach that argues for participation, regeneration and collective responsibility, resulting in two projects that are a model for imaginative civic revitalization.

Silver Lion for a promising young participant in the 17th Exhibition How will we live together? to:

Foundation for Achieving Seamless Territory (FAST) (The Netherlands, USA)Watermelons, Sardines, Crabs, Sands, and Sediments: Border Ecologies and the Gaza Strip

Contributions Amir Qudaih e la famiglia Qudaih, Yael Berda, Sandra Kassenaar e Malkit Shoshan
Venue: Central Pavilion – Giardini

Silver Lion for a promising young participant in the 17th Exhibition How will we live together? to Foundation for Achieving Seamless Territory (FAST) (Amsterdam, The Netherlands; New York, USA) for a daring proposal that invites us to think about divided histories, agricultural practices, rituals of daily life and the realities of settlement and occupation.

© Francesco Galli

Mention of the Jury:

Cave_bureau (Nairobi, Kenya)The Anthropocene Museum: Exhibit 3.0 Obsidian Rain

Kabage Karanja e Stella Mutegi in collaboration with Densu Moseti
Venue: Central Pavilion – Giardini

Special mention to the participant in the 17th Exhibition How will we live together? to Cave_bureau for an imaginative and creative exploration of one of man’s oldest living environments.

Furthermore, Lina Bo Bardi, the Italian architect, designer, scenographer, artist and critic naturalized as a Brazilian citizen, is the recipient of the Special Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement in memoriam of the 17th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. The acknowledgment was recommended by Hashim Sarkis, curator of the Biennale Architettura 2021, and approved by the Board of Directors of La Biennale di Venezia.

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