The Faculty of Architecture at the 14th Venice Biennale

news453Metropolitan College second and third year students of Architecture took part in the 14th Venice Biennale of Architecture, one of the most important architectural events worldwide, with prominent architecture entries and selected pieces of work from the international scene.

The students had the opportunity to visit all the stands at Giardini and Arsenale and also the main stand which was created by the architect and academic Rem Koolhaas. This year's Biennale approach was highly instructive for both students-future architects- and for professionals, its main theme being ‘Fundamentals’. Besides the abundance of visual material and architectural models at the exhibition, the pavilions and buildings housing the Venice Biennale themselves are important historical samples of architecture making the whole experience rich on many levels.

Along with visits to the exhibition, students toured and captured Venice on camera; a unique city, with medieval and renaissance buildings, canals and the peculiar circulation system, the eclectic temples and the ubiquitous
patina of time. They also had the opportunity to visit historical art collections, such as the one by Peggy Guggenheim and found themselves a stone's throw away from works of art by artists such as Dali, Ernst, Picasso, Calder, De Chirico, Malevich and Kandinsky.

Visiting Venice was an inspiring, constructive and multifaceted experience while, at the same time, rich in architectural stimuli.