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Constructed Utopia new Guggenheim Museum in Venice Carlo Cappai, Maija Viksne

The specific research agenda of the studio is to investigate and address the capability of the students in looking at the relations-thresholds between the buildings of the consolidated city (historical buildings) and new soft-additions, ‘the adaptors’ in the fragile context of Venice. The research agenda focuses on thresholds as spaces and time of investigation to question the concept of building a museum in contemporary and, at the same time, to put in place a strategy of adaptation/transformation (a translation) of the city. Understanding the city as a space-time comprising social, ecological, economic and spatial constituencies mutually depending one to the other, with blurred limits between the interior and the exterior. The attention focuses on the thresholds between oppositions (interiorexterior; global-local; solid-water; private-public; privateurban). Unit 5 research agenda focuses on investigating the concept and the role of a museum in the post-industrial city and more specifically on the role of a museum in a city like Venice, which is a museum in itself. The students are looking at the relationship between the historic building of the consolidated city and new soft additions, the adaptors, in the fragile context of Venice. The students are asked to transform and expand Ca’ Venier Palace in Venice and propose a new vision/concept for the Guggenheim Collection.

Venice, Italy & Pula, Croatia

UEL yearbook 2015  
UEL yearbook 2015