Arcipelago Italia: 5 projects for Italy

For the Italian Pavilion, curator Mario Cucinella chooses five symbolic places which correspond to issues on which it is urgent to work.

Appennino, Arcipelago Italia

In the conviction that architecture can be a tool for rebirth, I have established a collective of architects with the aim of designing five hybrid buildings that can contribute to resolving problems generated by depopulation and a dearth of services. The choice of the areas was already an occasion to pinpoint the themes we need to work on: the role of art and cultural heritage in the city; the reconstruction of devastated areas and the relation between temporariness and permanence; new spaces for health; mobility and its material and immaterial connections; trees and the wood-processing sector. I chose places that are symbolic for Italy.

The six architecture offices were asked to work on the five design challenges in a synergistic manner. A group of consultants and experts, a team of photographers, and local universities worked with them in order to build a strong link between different types of knowledge. This collective work has led to the imagining of future scenarios regarding environment, mobility and demographics.

Arcipelago Italia
Curated by:
Mario Cucinella
Opening dates:
until 26 November 2018
Arsenale – Biennale di Venezia
Campiello Tana 2169/F, Venezia

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