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Design.Develop.Build. | Venice Biennale 2016
Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Architecture, along with RWTH Aachen University, the Peter Behrens School of Arts Düsseldorf, and AIT- Architektur Salon were invited to organize a Biennale Session titled, “Responsive Architecture,” at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition (a biannual architecture exhibition showcasing work from international architects and universities) from October 7-9th in the Artigliere Arsenale, Venice, Italy. The session focused on Design Build projects from around the world and received funding from the Sto Foundation. Georgia Tech faculty organizers included Assistant Professor Daniel Baerlecken and Visiting Assistant Professor Katherine Wright.
The event was comprised of lectures, workshops, student presentations, and tours of exhibitions at both the Central Pavilion (Giardini) and the Arsenale.
Keynote speakers included: South African Architect Carin Smuts (CS Studios); Architect, Professor and Dean, Ralf Pasel (TU Berlin); and Architect Peter Fattinger (TU Vienna). The architectural practice and designers of the German Pavilion, Something Fantastic (Elena Schütz, Julian Schubert, and Leonard Streich (ETH Zürich), gave a lecture on the research and design decision making behind the German Pavilion design.
Session workshops, which focused on various design agencies such as urban conditions, materials, local practices, aesthetics, workflows, participative and pedagogic strategies under the following topics: Material = Design; Making = Culture; and Collaboration = Practice.
Georgia Tech Architecture students – Jacquie Mancher, Rebecca Churio Queipo, Jose J Sosa Borrero, Dennis Norwood – presented work from two recent design build projects – the Guga S’Thebe Children’s Theater (Langa, Cape Town, South Africa - collaborations with RWTH Aachen and PBSA Dusseldorf) and Have Midwives Quarters (Have, Ghana - collaboration with PBSA Dusseldorf) – and the pattern system based digital design research, which influenced the design of the projects and numerous prototypes.
International universities practicing Design Build work were invited to share their projects and experiences working both locally and globally. Attending universities included: RWTH Aachen University (GER), PBSA/ HSD Duesseldorf (GER), Georgia Institute of Technology (USA), University of Stuttgart (GER), ETH Zurich (CH), Technical University Vienna (AU), NTNU LIVE Studio Trondheim (NO), Technical University Berlin (GER), Technical University of Munich (GER), Confluence Institute, School Of Architecture Lyon (F), L‘Ecole Nationale Supérieur d‘ Architecture Bordeaux (F).
Organizers of the event are members of Design.Develop.Build., an international collaboration between faculty members from RWTH Aachen University, the Peter Behrens School of Arts Düsseldorf, and the Georgia Institute of Technology.