future practice. practice future 

27/05/2016 to 26/11/2016 15th International Architecture Biennale 2016 in Venice 


Exhibition 1
future practice. practice future.
Studying at the Academy for Architectural Culture (aac) in Hamburg
Palazzo Rossini
4013 Campo Manin, 30124 Venice, Italy

Exhibition 2

European Cultural Centre Venice
Design as a Dialogue between Tradition
and Modernity
Palazzo Mora
Strada Nuova 3659, 30124 Venice, Italy

28 May to 27 November 2016
Open daily 10:00 to 18:00
Free entry. Closed on Tuesdays

From Module to Urban Quarter – Case Study Houses for the 21st-Century Berlin
aac workshop, summer 2016, from 26 to 28 May 2016, guesting at the Biennale, followed by continuation in Hamburg until 17 June 2016

The activities of the aac in Venice are generously supported by vitra, Occhio and carpetconcept.

Exhibition 1 - Palazzo Rossini
future practice. practice future.
Studying at the Academy for Architectural Culture (aac) in Hamburg

Since its establishment by the gmp Foundation in 2008, the Academy for Architectural Culture (aac) has organized twelve workshops, lecture series, and symposia focusing on topical issues in architecture in an international context. Its holistic approach is guided by its founders’ experience and the belief that construction, teaching, and research closely interact and benefit each other. The Academy thereby represents a model, unique in itself, in which the expertise derived from the complexity and dynamism of architecture flows into the education and training of students and young graduates. The aac is an academic institution that supports architectural practice, and teaches by example how to tackle projects and challenges of the future.

Exhibition 2 - Palazzo Mora
European Cultural Centre Venice
Design as a Dialogue between Tradition and Modernity

The results of the 2015 aac spring workshop will be presented at Palazzo Mora as part of the “TIME – SPACE – EXISTENCE” exhibition of the Global Art Affairs Foundation. This means that the designs can be viewed in the very building for which they were intended as part of the change of use to become the future European Cultural Centre (ECC).

The Global Art Affairs Foundation, which has successfully made a name for itself as curator and organizer of internationally renowned exhibitions at both Biennales, had seized the initiative for developing the idea in order to make a wider public aware of the project for a European cultural center. Consequently, the objective of the workshop was to develop designs for an adequate architectural presence of an establishment that makes the cultural identity of Europe the focus of its activities beyond institutional/political associations. In addition, the exercise has to be understood as an exemplary model project for finding new and hopefully sustainable cultural uses for the increasing number of empty prestigious buildings in Venice, thereby making a contribution towards halting the continuing decline of this “floating city”.

For this reason, the students had to create designs – in the spirit of a design dialogue between tradition and modernity – that represented an intervention that is as modern as it is sensitive to the existing situation, as a messenger of a modernity which is able to make its entry into the centuryold Venetian tradition with the respectful stance of a temporary guest. The room schedule included rooms for exhibitions and conferences, a library, a research archive, a café, and space for researchers and artists in residence.

Architecture students and young graduates from Germany, Italy, and China were grouped into four teams with four members each and developed independent design solutions, aided by the intensive mentoring provided by the workshop tutors, guest professors, experts, and lecturers. The three-anda-half week course began with an excursion to Venice, followed by the actual design phase in the aac studios at the Rainvilleterrasse campus in Hamburg.

As in every workshop, the design process was supported with mentoring, intermediate critiques, lectures by well-known experts such as Giulia Foscari (OMA/AMO), Alexander Schwarz (David Chipperfield Architects) and Maria A. Segantini (C+S Architects), the final presentation, and a subsequent public exhibition of the results in Hamburg.

The workshop designs open up a wide field of architectural possibilities for activating Palazzo Mora for use as the ECC. According to the Global Art Affairs Foundation, they are intended to form the basis for the ongoing implementation of the project.

A presentation on the occasion of the
15th International Architecture Exhibition.

Overall management 
Michael Kuhn, Head of Communications (gmp)

Curator team Heidi Knaut, Amran Salleh, Detlef Jessen-Klingenberg (gmp), Enno Maass (aac)
Exhibition design and project management Heidi Knaut, Amran Salleh
Visualization and construction planning Rodrigo Andaeta Torres

Copy and revision Detlef Jessen-Klingenberg (gmp), Gert Kähler
Editing Detlef Jessen-Klingenberg (gmp)
Translation Ian McCaughtrie, Ahrensburg
Public relations Claudia Tiesler (gmp),  Xiaoshi Fang (gmp), Bettina Ahrens (gmp), Cornelia Theiling (gmp), Beatrix Hansen (gmp)

Graphic design ON Grafik – Tom Wibberenz, Hamburg, with Hendrik Sichler and Felix Heining
Illustrations Rodrigo Andaeta Torres

Technical support/Multimedia installation Guido Brixner (gmp)
Logistics Dieke Eiben (gmp)
Event organization Sarah Schöning (gmp)
Production of exhibition graphics Reproplan, Hamburg
Realization of world map model Christian Werner Modellbau, Braunschweig
Production of exhibition architecture Wilking & Tarrach Metallbau U.G., Berlin,
Reproplan, Hamburg
On-site conversion and installation WeExhibit, Venice
Lighting Occhio GmbH, Munich
Furnishings Vitra GmbH, Weil am Rhein
Interior decoration Carpet Concept, Bielefeld
Photographic documentation Marcus Bredt, Berlin

Film "Become a good architect"

Storyline Jürgen Tietz
Voice-over copy Joachim Otte, Ian McCaughtrie (translation)
Script Heidi Knaut, Amran Salleh
Storyboard Amran Salleh
Illustrations Rodrigo Andaeta Torres
Animation, editing, sound design HG Esch and Field Recordings Filmproduktion