Spanish Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2018

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becoming, the motto chosen for the Spanish Pavilion in this edition of the Venice Biennale 2018, presents Spanish
architecture as seen from learning environments, by means of actions, discourses and pieces of work developed by a
wonderful set of architects that during the last years have questioned the limits and conditions previously assumed by our discipline.

becoming by means of a critical approach put into practice, discovers the complexity of our operational logics, in an open intellectual experience where students cook up their conflicts.

becoming understands the curatorial project as a research project and the Venice Biennale as an opportunity to confront concepts and ideas, where the pavilion becomes an invitation to go over the basis of architectural practice and what is going on in our planet.

becoming is built via the means of 55 terms that relate to architecture: not the architecture of the future but the one of the present; an alternative present which explores new ways of carrying out the profession, with different formats, interests and emerging topics which require other tools, other capacities and other ways of looking at them becoming draws on the floor these 55 adjectives which spatially organize the works tattooed on the walls of the regained pavilion, currently empty, transformed by Vaquero Palacios in 1952. With no hierarchical order, no categories and from all the different scales at the same time, the 435 selected contributions by a board of experts via a public open call, are placed by closeness and affinity, sharing issues of concern and ways of being in the world.

becoming turns the pavilion into a freespace that can be read as a data base or as an immersive landscape where each visitor chooses his/her speed and his/her way through the material space and the virtual one. ( The Biennale comes to an end, but becoming continues; it remains on the internet and in the garden at the rear end of this small pavilion, created by all of us, during the next six months.

Curator at the Spanish Pavilion for the 16th International Architecture Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia 2018:
Atxu Amann

Curatorial Team:
Andrés Cánovas, María Mallo, Nicolás Maruri and Gonzalo Pardo

Image and virtual pavilion:

Design Team:
gráfica futura + Ioannes Busca + Open this end + Temperaturas Extremas

Outdoors Intervention:
Ana Matos, Iñigo Ocamica, Antonio Samaniego and Iñigo Tudanca


Estudiantes de entornos educativos españoles (2012-2018)

Expert Commitee:
Alberto Alarcón, Eva Álvarez, Irma Arribas, Uriel Fogué, Manuel Gausa, Andrés Jaque, María Langarita, José Morales, Enrique Nieto, Guadalupe Piñera, Almudena Ribot and Juana Sánchez.

After Belonging, Victoria Acebo, Carlos Arroyo, Pedro Astigarraga, José Ballesteros, Maite Borjabad, Nerea Calvillo, Iñaki Carnicero, Izaskun Chinchilla, Raquel Congosto, Juan Domingo Santos, Javier Echeverría, Alberto Estévez, Guillermo Fernández Abascal, Jacobo Gª-Germán, Susana García Bujalance, Paula García Masedo, Andrea González, María José Ferrero Ibargüen, Juan Herreros, Manuel Jiménez, Amparo Lasén, MAIO, Josep Maria Montaner, Nacho Martín, Vicente Monroy, Paula Montoya, Zaida Muxi, Alberto Nanclares_Basurama, n’UNDO, Manuel Ocaña, Manuel Pascual_Zuloark, Ana Peñalba, José Pérez de Lama, Pedro Pitarch, Carlos Quintans, Sampling Contexts (Begoña de Abajo Castrillo, Enrique Espinosa Pérez, Carlos García Fernández, Eva Gil Lopesino, Ángela Juarranz Serrano, Álvaro Martín Fidalgo y Borja Sallago Zambrano), Renata Sentkiewicz, Ter, Eduardo Vivanco and Remedios Zafra.

Content Management:
Luis Álvarez, Kiara Firpi, Alba González, David J. Iniesta, Elena M. Millana, Aida Red y Fernando Segovia.

Ángela O’Driscoll

Photography and video:
imagen subliminal

Paty Núñez Agency

Clorofila Digital, Pellisa Ràfols y Nuonled.

Sika, Don Apolonio, Pata Negra, La Española, Don Simón, Auara, Kriskadecor, Ecoluciona, Elisa Tomat, Jaulas abiertas, Cosentino and Constructora San José.

Kirssy Vasquez, Pablo Bes, Laura Luengo, Sara Miguélez, Franco Longo, Inés Maruri, Andrés Rubio and Fabio Tentellini.

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