The Royal Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA) will be presenting “Repair” at the Australian Pavilion during the 16th International Architecture Exhibition “Freespace” at La Biennale di Venezia. Creative Directors Mauro Baracco and Louise Wright of Baracco+Wright Architects have collaborated with artist Linda Tegg to curate a multi-sensory living installation designed “to disrupt the viewing conditions through which architecture is usually understood,” noted ArchDaily.
The unique installation will feature 10,000 plants inside and outside of the pavilion, turning it into a field of vegetation and setting the platform for a physical dialogue between architecture and the endangered plant species. One part of the installation is titled “Grasslands Repair,” featuring 65 species of Western Plains Grasslands, out of which only one percent are left in their native ecosystem — serving as a reminder of what is at stake when land is occupied.
The installation will be complemented by an experimental video series “Ground” that features 15 Australian projects that unpack diverse iterations of repair. Another installation “Skylight” will incorporate lighting to simulate the sun’s energy required to sustain the plants inside the Pavilion. Curators Mauro Baracco and Louise Wright of Baracco+Wright Architects aim to “provoke a rethinking of how we value and therefore create the built environment,” through each of the works.
The concept of the pavilion is in response to the consequences of Australia’s buildings and cityscapes that have separated people from the natural environment, and the rising shift in thinking towards repairing the natural environment as a framework for urban form.
Curators Mauro Baracco and Louise Wright said: “We have often struggled with our relationship as architects when considering the use of land – it’s no small act. We believe there is a role for architecture to actively engage with the repair of the places it is part of, which our exhibition will communicate. We hope the discussion we’re presenting will engage the profession and initiate a legacy of the Biennale Architettura 2018.”
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