WTA Architecture + Design Studio participates in the “Time, Space, Existence exhibition at the Palazzo Mora by the European Cultural Centre for the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. The exhibit was open from May 26 to November 25, 2018.
The WTA exhibit, entitled “Social Architecture,” explores the development of a localized and barrier-free network of architecture. It showcases Social Architecture in its various forms that engage people in a more open and direct urban setting. Social Architecture strives to end this friction and loss of connection by breaking down the institutions, ushering them towards the people—it creates with communities in mind.
The Social Architecture Exhibit investigates the effects of globalization and rapid urbanization in our urban design. It further questions the Bilbao effect that encourages the public sector to support and push for bigger and splashier buildings that capture headlines and our collective attention. The Exhibit suggests creating architecture that connects us all through Social Architecture.
The exhibit illustrates case studies of existing public spaces that adhere to Social Architecture. In Ayala Triangle Makati, Greenbelt Makati, and Plaza Roma, Intramuros, these illustrations showcase the different and unique ways public spaces are used with the pedestrian flow.
We propose to bring libraries, museums, and other institutions closer to us. Make these places come to the people by inserting them everywhere into their daily paths. Through downsizing and strategic insertion, these microforms now have the potential reach and stark convenience of a mobile app.
These places, though small in nature, become landmarks by their ubiquity and repeated usage. Instead of forcing people to go to the institutions, we bring the institutions to the people. Making them much more convenient and accessible for our daily lives.
Check out a virtual tour of the Social Architecture Exhibit at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale by the European Cultural Centre-Italy.