An exhibition, research residency and conference series curated by Joseph Grima/Space Caviar at V–A–C Zattere, Venice
Project dates: to be announced
Location: V–A–C Zattere, Venice, Italy
V–A–C Foundation is excited to announce that the architect and curator Joseph Grima, working with design research studio Space Caviar, will curate a year-long project in its Venice location of Palazzo delle Zattere examining the material, social, economic and environmental implications of architecture as a practice in the 21st century. Featuring a residency programme, an exhibition, a series of public conferences and events, research labs, a design studio and materials workshop, Non-Extractive Architecture will transform V–A–C Zattere into a live research platform focused on rethinking the balance between the built and natural environments, the role of technology and politics in achieving such a balance, and the responsibility of the architect as an agent of transformation.
Coinciding with the 17th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, the project sets out to examine — and redefine — the public’s expectations of the architect and architects’ expectations of themselves. What if architecture was understood first and foremost as a form of husbandry of the natural and built environment? What if architects dealt primarily not with form but with integration, circularity, materiality and community? What if the materials needed to construct the buildings we inhabit were sourced locally rather than mined half a world away? Non-Extractive Architecture will engage individuals within and outside the field of architecture to create an open platform through which the current role of architecture can be debated, and new paths can be defined to leverage its potential as a positive force in shaping the future of the landscape, both urban and rural.
The project will be articulated through several parallel initiatives that will simultaneously activate V–A–C Zattere on multiple levels, turning the entire Palazzo into a living laboratory for a new understanding of architecture and environmental design. These parallel strands of research, residences, public programmes, publishing and broadcasting initiatives will intertwine and overlap throughout the year, alternating levels of intensity. Outcomes of this process will continuously be exhibited, turning the venue into a ever-changing exhibition space to distribute the research findings and to advocate the principles investigated. Members of the public will be able to witness these transformations and participate in the open debates. The year’s work will culminate in the publication of a free online archive and practice manual.