Venice Biennale '18, Venice (Italy)
The exhibition was hosted at the European Cultural Center between May & November
The Studio was invited to the Venice Biennale 2018, cultural centre. Our output was the creation of three internally created models of three schemes which were challenging the ‘power of ownership’ within the Studio conversion.
Society is dealing in the currency of land ownership and list style, and high commodities within the laboratory of London. However, by 2025 60% of London’s population will no longer be able to take part in the ownership conversation.
Increasing population and an acute housing crisis are causing the city to enter a new era. When it comes to the dynamic London natives, lifestyle needs vary greatly and there is no ‘one design fits all’ when it comes to lifestyle necessities.
This raises the question of whether there are ways to connect design to the development process, not only as a component of it, but as a primary language that allows development to happen and be dynamic?
We are looking at the future, and anticipate a new fabric of design.
The small-scale development could provide an option for a new generation to be a part of the culture surrounding the power of ownership within the gaps of London; sculpting their possibility of ownership.
The ethos of the small developer allows for these conversations to happen with the context, characteristics, and complexities of the shell space. Present small developers are oblivious to the opportunities that a change of the perceived norm can provide.
These conversations start to accommodate the movement of the housing crisis and contemporary forms of lifestyle, demanding space that can be versatile, accessible and facilitate living around design.
What if we were to design within these new parameters of development, to create an alternative future?
We are a product of our surroundings, and in response to this, our sculptures will exist within the realm of potential, acting as portraits of a more diverse, accessible London.
Development should allow art and design to filter through all aspects of the process.
We believe in the potential of the power of ownership.
The exhibition was open to the public the summer of 2018.
- Architectural Design Team: Remi C.T Studio
- Location: European Cultural Center, Venice (Italy)