As part of the Venice Biennale, the Palazzo Bembo hosts a series of exhibitions on the central theme of Time-Space-Existence that includes the work of more than one hundred architects from forty countries. The final projects of six architecture students from the Universidad Iberoamericana (IBERO) are presented, which were prepared under the supervision of Juan Pablo Serrano, head of the Holcim Chair for Sustainability and Accessibility, and lecturer Andrés Flores.
The Holcim Chair, sponsored by Holcim Mexico, develops architects at IBERO that are aware of their social, economic, and environmental responsibility in every proposal. The projects use the Holcim Foundation’s “target issues” for sustainable construction for their development and evaluation. The “target issues” for sustainable construction incorporate the consideration of environmental, social and economic performance – while also highlighting the need for architectural excellence and a high degree of transferability.
Under the theme Mexico City: Challenges of the Day-to-Day, IBERO presents the constraints that have impacted the city since it was founded on a lake bed, and how water is one of the most important elements that rules urban form, construction, and coexistence within its territory.
The exhibition compliments the Mexican Pavilion Condemned to be Modern, which frames the ongoing nature of modernity, as a permanent transformation of actors, processes and results. This presentation is the award-winning contribution from Mexico, authored by IBERO teachers and alumni, at the Arsenale.
The title chosen by internationally-renowned architect Rem Koolhaas, curator of the 14th International Architecture Exhibition, is Fundamentals. The Biennale focuses on histories – on the inevitable elements of all architecture used by any architect, anywhere, anytime (the door, the floor, the ceiling etc.) and on the evolution of national architectures in the last 100 years.
The exhibition runs from June 7 to November 23, 2014.