La Biennale de Venezia

15th International Architecture Exhibition

EPFL presents a major ongoing research on urban issues for the 15th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, happening on Certosa Island from May 28 until November 20, 2016.

Developed through the work of urbanist Paola Viganò and her team (ENAC School, EPFL) in academic context with students of GSD Harvard, IUAV and EPFL, this project is conceived as an incremental pluridisciplinary research to be enriched by actors called to join the conversation. This exhibition reprensents a platform for further investigations to identify strategies for the contemporary city.

Certosa round tables and workshops

FRI 27 MAY – 10:00
EXHIBITION OPENING & PRESS EVENT

Brunch at Rimessaggio, Isola della Certosa
Paola Viganò (EPFL-IUAV), Cyril Veillon (ARCHIZOOM, EPFL), Chiara Cavalieri (EPFL), Martina Barcelloni Corte (EPFL), Marine Durand (EPFL), Roberto Sega (EPFL), Qinyi ZHANG (IUAV), Tommaso Pietropolli

Casa dell’Ortolano, Isola della Certosa:

SAT 28 MAY
Opening round tables
17:00
SKY OVER HORIZONTAL METROPOLIS
Droneports in Africa for Redline project
Norman Foster (Foster + Partners), Jonathan Ledgard (Redline), Cyril Veillon (ARCHIZOOM, EPFL), Paola Viganò (EPFL, IUAV)

18:00
THE HORIZONTAL METROPOLIS, A RADICAL PROJECT

Paola Viganò (EPFL, IUAV), Pierre Belanger (Harvard GSD), Stephen Cairns (Future Cities Lab, ETHZ), Rahul Mehrotra (Harvard GSD), Danai Thaitakoo (Chulalongkorn University), EPFL Bachelor students


SUN 29 MAY – 10:00
Round table #02
THE HORIZONTAL METROPOLIS, THE REVENGE OF TERRITORY

Pierre Bélanger (OPSYS, Harvard GSD), Paola Viganò (EPFL, IUAV), John van Nostrand (SvN), Eriel Deranger (Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation), Alessandra Ponte (Université de Montréal), George Osodi (Photographer), Nina-Maria Lister (Ryerson), Sanford Kwinter (Pratt), Ziggi Golding (Z Photographic)


SUN 19 JUNE – 10:30
Round table #03
THE HORIZONTAL METROPOLIS, IMAGINING THE TERRITORY

Paola Viganò (EPFL), Anne Charlotte Astrup (EPFL), Andrea Cavalletti (IUAV), Elena Di Pietro (IUAV), Luciano Gallo (Confederazione Camposampierese), Jaques Lévy (EPFL), Alessandro Rossetto, Mirza Tursic (EPFL)

14:30 Film projection: Piccola Patria (2013) by Alessandro Rossetto

Detailed programme

SAT 16 JULY – 11:00 – CANCELED –
Round table #04
DIALOGUE
P. Viganò (EPFL, IUAV), Richard Sennett (NYU)

TUE 23 – FRI 26 AUG
PhD MASTERCLASS (EPFL+IUAV), THE HORIZONTAL METROPOLIS AND OTHER RESEARCH QUESTIONS

EPFL+IUAV PhD students


FRI 26 AUG – 18:00
Round table #05
THE HORIZONTAL METROPOLIS, MEASURES AND TRADITIONS
Cristina Bianchetti (Politecnico di Torino), Lorenzo Fabian (IUAV), Viviana Ferrario (IUAV), Vincent Kaufmann (EPFL), Terry McGee (University of British Columbia), Stefano Munarin (IUAV), Grahame Shane (Columbia University), Maria Chiara Tosi (IUAV), Paola Viganò (EPFL-IUAV), W. Zhu (Zhejiang University)

SAT 17 – SAT 24 SEP
DESIGN WORKSHOP, THE HORIZONTAL METROPOLIS, VENICE

EPFL, IUAV European Master in Urbanism students, AA School London


SAT 24 SEP – 10:30
Round table #06
THE HORIZONTAL METROPOLIS, VENICE

Presentations of the results of the Design Workshop and Concluding Round Table
Paolo Costa (Venice Port Authority), Paola Vigano (EPFL), Gianbattista Zaccariotto (AHO), Martina Barcelloni-Corte (EPFL) , Luca Filippi (IUAV) , Alvise Pagnacco (IUAV), Elena Longhin (AA School), Alberto Sonino (VdV, Certosa Island)

and students from EPFL, IUAV European Master in Urbanism students, AA School London


SUN 23 OCT – 11:00
Round table #07
THE HORIZONTAL METROPOLIS, TOWARDS NEW ALLIANCES
Sybrand Tjallingii (TU DELFT), C. Arnsperger (UNIL), Claudia Binder (EPFL), Elena Cogato Lanza (EPFL), Andrea Rinaldo (EPFL), Monique Ruzicka-Rossier (EPFL), Paola Viganò (EPFL-IUAV)
Keynote speaker: Florent Pasquier (Paris-Sorbonne)

SAT 26 NOV – 12:00 (ATTENTION, NEW SCHEDULE)
Closing round table
THE HORIZONTAL METROPOLIS, THE FUTURE OF URBAN SWITZERLAND

Ola Söderström (Université de Neuchâtel), Ariane Widmer (SDOL), Leïla el-Wakil (Université de Genève), Igor Andersen (Urbaplan, Lausanne), Marilyne Andersen (EPFL), Jerome Chenal (CEAT/EPFL), Vincent Kaufmann (EPFL), Jacques Lévy (EPFL), Paola Viganò (EPFL-IUAV)

Horizontal Metropolis – a radical project

Two contrasting terms are joined to conjugate the traditional idea of metropolis (the center of a vast territory, hierarchically organized, dense, vertical, produced by polarization) with horizontality (the idea of a more diffuse, isotropic urban condition, where center and periphery blur).

Beyond a simplistic center/periphery opposition, this concept reveals the dispersed condition as a potential asset, rather than a limit, to the construction of a sustainable and innovative urban dimension.

The exhibition will investigate the Horizontal Metropolis, its space, traditions and authors; its relevance today as an energetic, ecological and social design issue. It will explore scenarios and design strategies for the recycling and upgrading of cities-territory in a radical project.

Vues de l’exposition


Team

Curator
Paola Viganò with Chiara Cavalieri; Martina Barcelloni Corte (LAB-U)

Production
Cyril Veillon (Archizoom)

With the support of
EPFL; ENAC

Setup
Jean-Robert Gros (Archizoom), Tomaso Pietropolli (LAB-U), Giulia Mengardo (VdV)

Administration, PR & communication
Beatrice Raball (Archizoom) & Giulia Mengardo (VdV)

Partner
Alberto Sonino (VdV)

Participants
LAB-U EPFL: Paola Viganò, Elena Cogato Lanza, Farzaneh Bahrami, Martina Barcelloni Corte, Simon Berger, Chiara Cavalieri, Marine Durand, Matthew Skjonsberg, Roberto Sega, Tommaso Pietropolli, Antoine Vialle, Quiyi Zhang (visiting)

Option Studio Territorialism II, fall 2013 GSD; Superstudio Horizontal Metropolis, fall 2014 EPFL; BA5-6 2015 Alps. Prototypes of the alpine city-territory, 2014-2015 EPFL; Tommaso Pietropolli, Se questa è una città, Master Thesis 2015, Università IUAV, Venice; Qinyi Zhang, Elements of Desakota in Yangtze River Delta, PhD Thesis, 2015, Università IUAV, Venice

Anne-Charlotte Astrup, Ahmed Al-Atwi, Pedro Bermudez, Félix Chase, Alice Chenais, Ana Victoria Chiari, Hugo Colon, Florent Devaux, Christian Frankhauser, Cecilia Furlan, Adrian Gramunt, Fabio Guggisberg, Claire Khawam, Carole Lesigne, Ivan Lopes Ferreira, Yvan Mattenberger, Florine Mercier, Alvise Pagnacco, Bérénice Pinon, Mélissa Rissel, Mélanie Rouge, Clara Rubin, Marie Sagnières, Alexandre Saint-Amour, Catherine Seiler, Sevan Spiess, Paul-Antoine Terrier, Myriam Treiber, Marion Vuachet, Phoebe White, James Whitten, Simon Willet

VisualWorking (Paolo Brianzoni, Eugenio Somaini, Alessandro Zanoli), GoodDrones (Mehdi Salehi), Hangzhou, Hangzhou Yuanlai Cultural and Creative Media, Katherine Harrison, Matthew Goodman, Yiming Yan