Make Models tote on shoulder, we were lucky enough to attend The Venice Architecture Biennale in 2018 with great enthusiasm. Despite our love of model making and the fantastic work that comes out of the Biennale every two years, this was our first opportunity to look at how each country curates and uses physical objects to explore architectural concepts. The real reason for our being there was the 5 architecture models we had on exhibition with Australian practice Haybal but we will save that for another story. This journal is about sharing the diversity, beauty and relevance of the physical model and physical objects we observed with this collage of our photographs.
We know that the ownership of workmanship and craft is sometimes hard to extract when there’s only so many names on a name-plate. So we want to shout out to any designers, makers, fabricators, volunteers, interns and contractors that had even the slightest role in any of the work below. Well done to you, this is truly amazing work.
Topic of the Biennale:
So every biennale has a theme and this year the theme set by curators Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara was FREESPACE. If you want to know more about the topic, have a read at their manifesto here. The text is definitely open to interpretation and we love that the combination of words and making was explored here to create beautiful experiences. Be sure to have a read of the manifesto and see what words resonated best with you.
Here’s what Celeste had to say about the night: