The Venice Architecture Biennale, focusing on 'Reporting from the Front', will take place from 28 May to 27 November 2016. The Grand Duchy will be represented by the 'Tracing Transitions' project in the Ca' del Duca, which over the years has travelled upwards in the list of places for architecture fans to visit. A must for fans, then, and for anyone travelling to Venice in the near future.
Town planning challenges in the Grand Duchy
Under the aegis of LUCA, Luxembourg Center for Architecture, the project - curated by Claude Ballini, Serge Ecker, Daniel Grünkranz and Panajota Panotopoulou - has been set up in a building
Housing, the shortage of living space, and the creation of sustainable social housing are the critical issues of our times – the fronts where a battle has to be fought. The exhibition 'Tracing Transitions' documents the current situation in the Grand Duchy through a spatial installation serving as a screen presenting subjects concerning housing, the geographical ramifications of problems, and possible approaches to solutions. Innovative concepts, upcoming ideas and projects are emerging and bringing about change within this crucial debate. All these elements illustrate the current reality and invite us to discuss ways of helping to influence this reality in a positive manner.
The exhibition breaks the subject down into five sections:
- Welcome to Luxembourg, which describes the phenomenon of cross-border workers in the Grand Duchy and the corresponding challenges;
- The Network Equation, which takes a look at how the phenomenon creates unbalanced urban development;
- Front Yard Paradise, which challenges traditional types of housing;
- Post-Industrial Wasteland, which shows how industrial wasteland can be used to boost new housing;
- Step-by-Step Utopia, a narrative of processes, events and structures, showing the changes that could be made to the present system.
The exhibition is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; closed on Tuesdays. Admission is free.
(Article written by the editorial team of the portal www.luxembourg.lu / Source: www.luca.lu/www.tracingtransitions.lu)