Padiglione Italia – Biennale Architettura 2021

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Edition: 17. International Architecture Exhibition - How will we live together directed by Hashim Sarkis (22 May - 21 November 2021)
Titolo del Padiglione Italia: Comunità Resilienti
Curator: Alessandro Melis
Commissioner: Onofrio Cutaia
Cataloghi: Vol. 1 – A, Architectural axaptation – 17. Mostra Internazionale di Architettura della Biennale di Venezia, Padiglione Italia, Comunità resilienti, catalogo a cura di Alessandro Melis, Benedetta Medas e Telmo Pievani, D Editore, Roma 2021
Vol. 1 – B, Catalogo della mostra – 17. Mostra Internazionale di Architettura della Biennale di Venezia, Padiglione Italia, Comunità resilienti, catalogo a cura di Alessandro Melis e Benedetta Medas, D Editore, Roma 2021


Comunit Resilienti è il nome del progetto pensato dal curatore Alessandro Melis per il Padiglione Italia nell’ambito della 17. Mostra Internazionale di Architettura della Biennale di Venezia (22 maggio – 21 novembre 2021) e intende porre al centro dell’esposizione, in tutta la sua drammaticit, la questione del cambiamento climatico e le significative sfide ad esso connesse che interpellano l’architettura. In particolare, intende sottolineare come il cambiamento climatico stia mettendo a dura prova la resilienza del sistema urbano, produttivo e agricolo. Il progetto, promosso dalla Direzione Generale Creativit Contemporanea del Ministero della Cultura, si fonda sulla convinzione che l’architettura debba contribuire in modo significativo al miglioramento della qualit della vita che conduciamo e della salute, fornendo adeguate risposte agli epocali mutamenti ambientali e sociali in atto.


The main objective of the Italian Pavilion will be to make visitors reflect in a new way on the mechanisms of community resilience, a priority key to the recovery of a new form of interaction between urban space and productive territory, under the banner of interdisciplinary skills and non-deterministic evolutionary logic, central elements in moments of transition.


The Italian Pavilion - comments curator Alessandro Melis - will itself be a resilient community, made up of 14 "sub-communities", intended as operational laboratories, research centres or case studies, according to two fundamental guidelines: a reflection on the state of the art in urban resilience in Italy and the world through the exhibition of the works of eminent Italian architects and a focus on methodologies, innovation, research with interdisciplinary experiments in architecture, botany, agronomy, biology, art and medicine. Stephen Jay Gould and Elizabeth Vrba revolutionised the taxonomy of biology by introducing the term "exaptation" or the non-deterministic mechanism of natural selection: heuristically, the Italian Pavilion will promote architectural exaptation as a manifestation of diversity, variability and redundancy, challenging deterministic aesthetic homogeneity in favour of the diversity of creative structures. Like the human genome and brain, the pavilion will be a jungle inhabited by strange creatures where we can listen to a background noise that is already deafening and requires an adequate response, resorting to new paradigms of knowledge. According to the proposal of the curator of the Architecture Biennale 2021, Hashim Sarkis, the Pavilion will emphasise the experiential and immersive aspect, favouring expressive forms linked to graphic novels and gaming, in tones and modes of cyber punk inspiration, making use of the contribution of undisputed masters of the sector in order to approach and sensitise - this is the hope - a wide and young public.


The Italian Pavilion at the Architecture Biennale 2021, an absolute novelty, will have an almost zero CO2 impact. In order to achieve this goal, the materials of the Italian Pavilion 2019 for the 58. International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale and a permanent relocation of everything that will be produced. It will be a unique opportunity not only to show works consistent with the objectives of the proposal, but also an opportunity to study the life cycle of a creation in a resilient context.


In order to broaden the resonance, deepening and dissemination of the contents of the curatorial project, a rich calendar of events-panels in presence and digital for the duration of the event that can be consulted and followed on the website of the Italian Pavilion.


Resilient Communities - Official website


Resilient Communities – Press release 23.04.2021 (IT)
Resilient Communities – Press release 23.04.2021 (EN)
Resilient Communities – Brochure (IT)
Resilient Communities – Brochure (EN)
Resilient Communities – Poster
Resilient Communities - Presentation slides by the curator Melis

Resilient Communities - Sponsor press releases (ZIP)
Resilient Communities - Image captions and quotes by the curator


Resilient Communities - Video presentation
Resilient Communities - Script in Italian for the presentation video
Resilient Communities - Video of the press conference 23.04.2021




Un gruppo di ricercatori dell’Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia di Genova ha tele-operato la nuova versione del robot umanoide iCub3 dai laboratori di Genova al Padiglione Italia “Comunità Resilienti” alla 17. Mostra Internazionale di Architettura – La Biennale di Venezia, promosso dalla Direzione Generale Creatività Contemporanea del Ministero della Cultura e curato dall’architetto Alessandro Melis. Maggiori informazioni a questo link: Padiglione Italia 2021 – iCub3