During the Biennale Architettura 2021 in Venice, the Flanders Architecture Institute presents Composite Presence in the Belgian pavilion. The exhibition, curated by Bovenbouw Architectuur, shows a model landscape representing the friction between city and architecture in Flanders.
The scenography by Bovenbouw Architectuur shows a piece of urban landscape on a scale of 1/15. Fifty recent projects by 45 contemporary Belgian practices contribute to the imaginary landscape. The project selection reveals the importance of the current policies in Belgium when it comes to city planning and tendering. Many of the designs in this cityscape stem from procedures set up by city architects, the Flemish Government Architect, and related committees and administrations. This model arrangement simulates the negotiated urban environment that has slowly emerged from this field of expertise.
The selection of projects depicts a healthy architectural ecology in which different styles, functions and typologies coincide. Many of the 50 projects are refurbishments and adaptations, adding up to the variegated experience of form, time and texture. Whether projects are modest reuses or shiny newbies, they all share an interest in contributing to a city that is simultaneously patched up and balanced.discover all 50 projects
"The model landscape confronts the visitor with the friction between city and architecture in Flanders."‐ Dirk Somers, architect and founder of Bovenbouw Architectuur
The Flanders Architecture Institute is producer and commissioner of the exhibition in the Belgian pavilion at the seventeenth edition of the Biennale Architettura 2021 in Venice. In August 2019, a call was sent to architects, urban planners, designers, researchers, critics and artists to develop an exhibition concept that responds to the theme of memory as a design studio.
Out of 57 entries, the jury selected two teams, each further elaborating their exhibition concept. The jury eventually appointed Bovenbouw Architectuur as the winner.
The seventeenth edition of the Architecture Biennale in Venice runs from 22 May to 21 November 2021 in Giardini, Arsenale and at various places in the city. The theme for the 2021 edition is "How will we live together?" The main curator is the Lebanese architect Hashim Sarkis (Hashim Sarkis Studios).
22.05.2021 - 21.11.2021
Giardini della Biennale
producer Flanders Architecture Institute
curator and scenography Bovenbouw Architectuur
on the initiative and with the support of the Flemish Community
with the additional support of the Flemish Government Architect, the City Architect of Antwerp and the City Architect of Ghent
main partners Reynaers Aluminium | Delen Private Bank
partners: Rockfon | Vectorworks | Kubus
supporting member: Gavra ceramics and surfaces
member Sto, Knauf
The Flanders Architecture Institute is commissioner of Composite Presence, the Belgian contribution to the Biennale Architettura 2021 in Venice. The exhibition, curated by Bovenbouw Architectuur, shows a model landscape representing the friction between city and architecture in Flanders.