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Pavilion of Singapore at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition Shines the Spotlight on Citizens’ Creative Actions

Pavilion of Singapore at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition Shines the Spotlight on Citizens’ Creative Actions
© Don Wong

Singapore Pavilion at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, was officially opened on May 26 in Venice, Italy.

Commissioned by the DesignSingapore Council of the Ministry of Communications and Information and curated by the Department of Architecture of the National University of Singapore (NUS), the Singapore Pavilion is presenting Space to Imagine, Room for Everyone from 28 May to 27 November 2016. Singapore is amongst the 63 national participations at the Biennale Architettura 2016. This marks the country’s fifth presentation at the International Architecture Exhibition since 2004.

Pavilion of Singapore at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition Shines the Spotlight on Citizens’ Creative Actions
© Don Wong

Responding to this year’s Architecture Biennale Director Alejandro Aravena’s main exhibition theme, Reporting from the Front, the Singapore Pavilion focuses on the small ‘battles’ fought at the home front which are contributing to the emergence of an invigorated Singapore.

Space to Imagine, Room for Everyone goes behind Singapore’s carefully planned infrastructure and its modern cityscape to put the spotlight on the people and their creative actions in forging new identities, connections to place and social bonds. The Singapore Pavilion presents a selection of works in three segments: People and their Homes, People working the Land and People engaging the City.

Pavilion of Singapore at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition Shines the Spotlight on Citizens’ Creative Actions
© Don Wong

The Singapore Pavilion is located in the Sale d’Armi building at the Arsenale region. The 240sqm space features a centerpiece – a display of 81 customised lanterns illuminating photographs. These offer a glimpse into the homes of ordinary Singaporeans living in public housing and how each family has imaginatively created a space to call their own. Complementing these lanterns are displays of artefacts and interview footages which will tell the stories of how citizens are stepping out and taking actions to adopt and own their environments, such as mud-bricks made by the community for the walls of their new building.

Pavilion of Singapore at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition Shines the Spotlight on Citizens’ Creative Actions
© Don Wong

Pavilion of Singapore at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition Shines the Spotlight on Citizens’ Creative Actions
© Don Wong

Pavilion of Singapore at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition Shines the Spotlight on Citizens’ Creative Actions
© Don Wong

Event Details:
Venue: Sale d’Armi building, Arsenale Campo della Tana 2169/F, Venice, Italy
Date: 28 May – 27 November 2016
Opening Hours: 10am – 6pm (Mondays to Thursdays and Sundays), 10am – 8pm (Fridays and Saturdays), Closed on Mondays except 30 May, 5 Sep, 31 Oct and 21 Nov 2016
Admission: Admission charges apply. Please visit the ticketing office at http://www.labiennale.org/en/architecture/tickets/ for more details

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