Tuesday, 7 June 2011
Thursday, 2 June 2011
Wednesday, 1 June 2011
THE VENETIAN REPLICA PAINTINGS CENTRE - THE FLYING PAINTINGS / Uieong To
Seeking to retrieve the celebratory atmosphere of St. Mark’s Square as depicted in Canaletto’s paintings, the proposal is an intervention that try to animate the public space with a venetian ‘color palette’ even under its constant flooding condition. The scheme is a new design replacing the existing structure behind the façade of the Procuratie Vecchie building. It provides space for artists from China to facilitate the production of the Venetian replica paintings, and gallery space which holds permanent exhibition of the originals. At time intervals, the replica paintings will ‘fly’ outside the building, forming an ephemeral exhibition in the square which aims to create a surreal scene featuring the venetian palette in the reflection of the flooding with the St. Mark’s Basilica as the backdrop. The event brought forward by the architecture is a celebration of both the square and the Venetian Art.
WATER TENSION: DIVINE INTERVENTION / Christos Markides
Upon my visit to Venice, I soon came to realise that for all the benefits of being in such a unique watery environment, the aesthetic beauty, the element of romance, and the distinctive character – not to mention the touristic perks – are qualities the town can boast due to the presence of its canals. Yet there seems to exist the islands own set of obscure social effects of living in such a water-surrounded environment; a ‘dark side’, if you will.
Venice’s condition has affected the ways in which the public use outdoor spaces. I observed that there seems to be an undercurrent of tension present between man and water. This idea of tension I felt was a key concept in, and main inspiration for, the project. The project explores the possibility of a provoking water pavilion next to the Palladian master piece San Giorgio Maggiore and how the locals and tourists respond and adapt to its creation.
SEAWARD PILGRIMAGE OF AN ARTISAN FISHERMAN / VENETIAN ALGAE FISH FARM / HELENA E. HOWARD
The proposal represents a meaningful journey from the abandoned island of Torcello to the open sea.
As Fishermen embark beneath tensile mesh canopies and across the marshlands of Languna Veneta, their arrival at a bountiful pool of fish, bring back industry to the ghost island, once alive with people and trade. An algae farm located at the North end of the proposal serves the purpose of attracting fish to the lagoon, and to provide energy to illuminate tensile meshes by night. Annually, costumed festival guests, dance, sing and march in procession, along undulating walkways, towards a pavilion looking out at the open sea in celebration of Venice’s fishermen and women.
The theme of this project lies beneath the artistry of glass blowing & the method in which the craftsman executes his work. Having had the experience to manipulate this material, my aim was to create an environment that reflected the physical curiosities that glass undergoes during its formation. On top of this, the conditions required for the workshop presented as great environmental control challenge in terms of heat gain and ventilation. However, it was the very same expression for thermal dynamics found in glass blowing that proved to be the solution. Furthermore, the project took on the technology used for gathering methane gas and implemented it on the site. The idea of a fluid, heat and air been combined for generating energy could add to the intention of translating the craft of glass blowing into a building.