Spain has won the Golden Lion for Best National Pavilion at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia in Venice, Italy. The exhibition is titled Unfinished and presents architectural projects that developed as answer to the economic crisis. Curated by Iñaqui Carnicero and Carlos Quintáns, Unfinished focuses on the processes rather than on the results of architecture.
Unfinished. Spanish Pavilion at Venice Architecture Biennale 2016. Venice, Italy, June 30, 2016.
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Spain is one of the countries where the practice of architecture has been most affected by the economic crisis. There are few places on earth where such large numbers of buildings were built in such a short period of time. The lack of reflection over whether these projects were necessary or valid resulted in the subsequent abandonment of many buildings when their completion or maintenance was discovered not to be economically viable. Their appearance throughout Spanish territories has generated a collection of unfinished buildings where the factor of time was eliminated from the formula for making architecture.
The Unfinished exhibition, presented in the Spanish pavilion at the Biennale, seeks to direct attention to processes more than results in an attempt to discover design strategies generated by an optimistic view of the constructed environment.
The exhibition gathers examples of architecture produced during the past few years, born out of renunciation and economy of means, designed to evolve and adapt to future necessities and trusting in the beauty conferred by the passage of time. These projects have understood the lessons of the recent past and consider architecture to be something unfinished, in a constant state of evolution and truly in the service of humanity. The current moment of uncertainty in our profession makes its consideration here especially relevant.
Curators: Iñaqui Carnicero , Carlos Quintáns