Venice shares knowledge spaces

The VENICE Pavilion at the Biennale Architettura 2018 edition has the purpose to offer a project of shared management of the knowledge.

Starting with the awareness that ICT is more and more necessary to increase the value of a city and of its metropolitan area, Venice claims a strong action to communicate to the world its idea of the future of the city.

Inside the Pavilion it will be possible to download and re-use parts of the massive structure of the data made by the adherent partners, now available, and freely enjoyable by the visitors.

The model of collection of knowledge and data offers in fact a lot of different sources that allow information to be collected inside the sensitive mind of the Pavilion that also gives order to data, in a harmonic and thematic distribution.

The theme of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition is “Freespace”. Venice Pavilion tries to explain the title as knowledge spaces “spazi di conoscenza”, meaning that the free spaces, considering that data – and therefore knowledge – can be reused by everyone. An immaterial Freespace that creates a continuous interaction among the various pattern of knowledge.

FOLLOW UP! is something similar to a computer with movable type (that the Pavilion’s visitor can touch with hand) and that allows to think ad rewrite politics and strategies to represent and to manage the city and its metropolitan dimension, as well as its heritage of Art and Lifestyle. “Research and innovation find in this circumstance the place and the time to integrate with the culture of our own city in a innovative and holistic way, affirmed Arch. Luca Battistella, Institutional Manager of the Pavilion and Delegated Adviser of the Mayor for ICT and the Smart City of Venice.

New ideas therefore for the great lagoon and mainland city, in accordance with the Action Plan Paper of the Mayor Luigi Brugnaro, developing in a “continuum” a close connection to the recent initiatives and reflections about the celebration of the centennial of Porto Marghera; a joyful multiplication of knowledge through big data representation, will be expressed in a intense program of workshops, laboratories, meetings and lectures suitable for every kind of audience.

The Cases

Venice shares a knowledge spaces in the Venice Pavilion of the Biennale di Architettura 2018, from May 25 to November 25. 11 applications with downloadable data, 1 real-time information flow, a project competition on data from Porto Marghera, a call for ideas for regenerating metropolitan areas: multiple possibilities achieved through sharing knowledge and expertise. During the scheduled conferences and seminars, specialists will meet to plan options for reusing data. The complexity of information is a knowledge architecture.

Marghera City of Making:
International Design Competition

The invited design competition aims to explore visions and urban schemes envisaging the re-articulation of manufacturing areas in the territory in-between Mestre and Marghera industrial area.
In a condition of radical transformation of labour and productive activities, among the ones that are suitable for Marghera areas, some relevant processes seem to be more feasible and innovative. They consist of the increasing of the level of digital content within enterprises, the profound innovation in the manufacturing sector, the inclusion within circular economy processes, the ever-increasing sharing of services and equipment that become places for urban sociality.
The competition aims to answer three questions:

– What will be the evolution/change of working activities?

– What their relationships with space and places are going to be?

– Which kind of relationships are going to happen among workers and among them and places?

From Space to Place
The architect’s vision of the territory

It takes an architect’s vision to imagine change, to reinvent the spaces of urban living, to interpret the social fabric and to improve the citizens’ quality of life.
It takes an architect’s vision to identify urban spaces to rethink and to reuse to generate new opportunities: a process to construct the new, great map of the Metropolitan City of Venice.
During the Biennale Architettura 2018, we are inviting architects to focus on the squares, empty buildings, green areas and spaces which need to rediscover the value of sharing.

The Venice Order of Architects, Town Planners, Landscape Designers and Conservators aims to stimulate professionals to take this opportunity further and use their expert vision to propose improvements and suggest new possibilities for collective well-being.
We visit and observe the territory, map built or open areas left in indifference or abandoned, sometimes also forgotten, proposing a new possible use able to contribute to improving the life of citizens.

CALL – an invitation to reinvent the living spaces of our territory:

Free Spaces Own Knowledge

This project promotes a new vision on sharing and using data. Today, humans have the unique chance to open and share data. Much more important, however, would be the availability of free spaces (open platforms) to combine data on personal needs and create one’s own knowledge. In the future, people should have the possibility to easily combine and recombine oceans of data and create new information and knowledge, like when we anagram letters in a word to create new words.    

We propose here three different data layers: the first integrates Google open data with data made available by Università Iuav di Venezia on the changes in the outer surfaces of 15,200 historical buildings in Venice; the second makes use of open data provided by the City of Venice on local development, environment, innovation and population in the Venice Lagoon; in the third, data is used to create visual and sound architectures and represent the information in the Venice Pavilion.

You can easily and freely navigate through data, chose some, and create your own knowledge.

This is a living project during Venice Architecture Biennale 2018. Contact us and share your data layer; we will make it available to create a new piece of (own) knowledge.

Free Spaces Own Knowledge è un progetto coordinato da Università Ca’ Foscari di Venezia e realizzato con il supporto di Bit Bang, Università IUAV di Venezia, ESRI, HER-Fondazione Peruzzo.

Giovanni Vaia

Technology Partner:
BitBang – Google Partner

Data and Knowledge Partners:
Alessandra Ferrighi, IUAV
Claudio Carboni, Esri Italia

Human Architecture
Architecture of human relationships at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2018

In the age of global communication and information, the Biennale becomes an ubiquitous dialogue, where the city of Venice extends its boundaries to the whole world, as a planetary conversation.

Human Architecture uses social networks to harvest this global dialogue. Data, collected in 54 languages from Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, are completely anonymized, used in clusters and aggregations to describe the forms and dynamics of human relations gathering around the Biennale, and transformed into visual architectures, creating three different real time data-landscapes:

  • In “Architecture” the topics of conversations give shape to 3D  architectures to explore correlations among topics;
  • In “Influences” is possible to understand how topics in conversations influence each others: the more waves move in sync, the more topics are correlated and active;
  • “Idiomatics” display languages in conversations. More intense are the linkages, higher is the intensity of interactions (directly,  according to number of subject and comments exchanged; indirectly, when they relate to the same topic).

The project generates an open data set usable and accessible by anyone, bringing data to the public sphere through a cultural program for school, artists, researchers and citizens. Human Architecture promotes a new vision for data. Data WITH the people, instead of data ON the people, where science and technology escape the separation of laboratories to live right in the middle of society through Arts, Design and Architecture.

The Alberto Peruzzo Foundation brings to the Venice Pavilion, on the occasion of the 2018 Architecture Biennale, a sculpture that touches on the themes of sharing knowledge, using big data, and humanizing the process of technological development: ‘Big Data’ by Helidon Xhixha.

The use of light and the reflection of materials, as a metaphor on the reflection of our condition and on the variety of our perceptions, are at the base of the work of Xhixha, and this is a new ‘reflection’ on what surrounds us, in this case on the goals of technology and on how they should not hinder conscious and human relationships.

The work ‘Big Data‘ allows – as in other artist’s works – the surrounding space to be reinterpreted, distorted, emphasized and so on. And the surrounding space is also the technological one, of the data, which surround us and are everywhere, and which must not force us to lose the centrality of man.

The work has been commissioned by the Alberto Peruzzo Foundation on the occasion of the participation in the project of the Venice Pavilion at the 16th Architecture Biennale.

Progetti in Mostra

Visualizing Venice
a cura di: Università Iuav di Venezia, Università degli Studi di Padova, Duke University

Venice Time Machine
a cura di: Archivio di Stato di Venezia, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne EPFL, Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia

Marghera City of Making
a cura di: Università Iuav di Venezia, Università degli Studi di Udine, Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona, Oslo School of Architecture and Design, KU Leuven, Technische Universiteit Delft, Université libre de Bruxelles, Parsons, The New School For Design New York, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Universidade de São Paulo

Human Architecture
progetto supportato dalla Fondazione Alberto Peruzzo e la Commissione Europea tramite il programma STARTS – Innovazione in connessione con la scienza, la tecnologia e le arti. Partner Ricerca e Tecnologia: HER – Human Ecosystems Relazioni.

Concept: Salvatore Iaconesi e Oriana Persico

Paolo Veronese The Wedding at Cana – A vision by Peter Greenaway
un progetto di Change Performing Arts e Fondazione Giorgio Cini: Curatore: Franco Laera; Visual Design Reinier van Brummelen; Clone production by Adam Lowe | Factum Arte; Musica: Marco Robino; Performed by Architorti

Referente Istituzionale
Luca Battistella

Direttore Sviluppo Promozione della Città e Tutela delle Tradizioni
Maurizio Carlin

Staff Curatoriale
Anna Buzzacchi
Renata Codello
Luca Corsato
Nicola Picco
Stefano Quarta
Maria Chiara Tosi
Giovanni Vaia

VeLa spa – Gruppo AVM

Direttore Comunicazione & Eventi
Fabrizio D’Oria

Direttore Artistico
Stefano Quarta

Progetto Allestitivo
120 grammi laboratorio di architettura
Carlo Pavan
Nicola Pavan,
con la collaborazione di Anna Vivian

Cura Editoriale
Alessandra Ferrighi,
Cosimo Monteleone (per Visualizing Venice)

Graphic Design & Comunicazione
DNA Italia

Multimedia & Laboratori Didattici
Fablab Venezia

Visualizing Data

Sound Design
Enrico Coniglio
Nicola Di Croce

Consulenza e Stampa Tipografica
Bottega del Tintoretto – Maestro Roberto Mazzetto
Tipografia Semenzato – Diego Semenzato

Traduzioni e Revisioni
Paolo Ortelli
Angela Salvato
Daniel Patrick Schug


Verde Ornamentale
La Serra dei Gardini – Nonsoloverde

S.I.E. – Società Impianti Elettrici

Euroservice Vigilanza

Papalini spa

Coordinamento e Ufficio Stampa
Andrea de Zuliani

Si Ringrazia
Archivio Progetti Università IUAV di Venezia

Comune di Venezia:
Direzione Lavori Pubblici
Istituzione Centro Previsioni e Segnalazioni Maree
Mestre Novecento
Servizio Comunicazione Istituzionale, Visiva e Sito Web
Servizio Economato e Gestione degli Appalti
Servizio Esecuzione Logistica
Servizio Musei e Barriere Architettoniche
Servizio Produzioni Culturali e Rapporti con le Università
Servizio Redazione Monitoraggio e Gestione Piano Regolatore Comunale e CSI

Comunità Ebraica di Venezia
Gallerie dell’Accademia di Venezia
SBA – Sistema Bibliotecario di Ateneo Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia

Un Grazie particolare a
Simone Agrondi
Giovanni Andreatta
Paolo Apice
Andrea Bellotto
Tiziano Bolpin
Marco Bordin
Francesco Callegari
Silvia Caniglia
Renato Greco
Ruggero Munarin