Mondo Novo | Ep. 1, Paradigms

Public program

"When paradigms change, the world itself changes with them. Guided by a new paradigm, [scientists] adopt new tools and look in new directions. But the even more important fact is that, during revolutions, [scientists] see new and different things even when looking with traditional tools in the same direction they had looked before." Thomas S. Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, 1962. Not using classical tools for an architect can be as destabilizing as not using words to express, but, as always, it is in bewilderment that paradigms change. Not seeing Architecture in a project does not mean that it lacks it, but simply that the observer is not yet ready to recognize and describe it.

Five dates to reflect on the crucial issues facing architecture today, with some of the most important and innovative protagonists on the international scene: this is Mondo Novo, the Public Program of the Italian Pavilion at the 18th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia promoted by the Directorate-General for Contemporary Creativity of the Ministry of culture, which will take place at the Grassi Theater, Venice, between May 20 and November 26, 2023. Mondo Novo, curated by Fosbury Architecture in collaboration with Palazzo Grassi – Punta della Dogana, Pinault Collection, has been organized with the support of Bottega Veneta.

Panel 1

Towards an Alternative Architecture

5 – 6 pm
Teatrino di Palazzo Grassi, Venezia (foyer)

Towards an Alternative Architecture compares two exponents of foreign practices - Markus Bader of raumlabor and Scott Lloyd of TEN - with the ones invited to the Italian Pavilion, Biennale Architettura 2023. An open dialogue between established or emerging collaborative experiences, grounded in Italy or coming from other European contexts. Speaks: Maria Vittoria Marini Clarelli (director unit III - Contemporary architecture / Peripheries and urban regeneration DGCC). Moderator: Natalie Donat Cattin (architect, researcher EPFL, teaching assistant ETH). Speakers: Markus Bader (raumlabor), Scott Lloyd (TEN studio) + all designers involved in the Italian Pavilion are invited to take part in the discussion.

Panel 2

Everyone belongs to everyone else

6.15 – 8 pm
Teatrino di Palazzo Grassi, Venezia (Theater)

Institutional greetings, launch of the public program with reference to Spaziale. Everyone belongs to everyone else, and presentation of the catalog. Speakers: Fosbury Architecture (curators Italian Pavilion, Biennale Architettura 2023), Humboldt Books (publishing house), Giga Design Studio (design agency).

Three prominent figures - from different generations and fields of research - will discuss their contribution to the catalog of the Italian Pavilion, Biennale Architettura 2023. Mirko Zardini will talk about the evolution of the discipline in relation to the crises that have occurred in the recent past; Anna Puigjaner about what the new tools for communicating architecture might be; and Charlotte Malterre-Barthes about how professional practices should be rethought in a more ethical and empathetic way. Moderator: Fosbury Architecture (curators Italian Pavilion, Biennale Architettura 2023). Speakers: Mirko Zardini (architect, critic, curator), Anna Puigjaner (lecturer and co-founding architect of MAIO, architecture firm), Charlotte Malterre-Barthes (architect and EPFL researcher).