Weiss/Manfredi Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism unveiled Lines of Movement, a new immersive installation featured in the 16th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia FREESPACE, curated by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara. On view in the historic Corderie of the Arsenale May 26 through November 25, 2018.
The installation Lines of Movement examines new terms and conditions for design in a century when natural resources are limited and challenged further by the interconnected issues of climate change and social isolation. Through a selection of Weiss/Manfredi work, presented in dialogue with historic hybrid projects, Lines of Movement puts forth an open-ended ideal that connects and extends the lines of landscape and infrastructure to shape a new architecture for public life.
Founded by Marion Weiss and Michael A. Manfredi, Weiss/Manfredi is renowned for its pioneering expertise in creating reciprocal connections between landscape and architecture to craft settings that are distinctly public in nature. Their designs are marked by clarity of vision, bold forms, and material innovations.
“We are thrilled to present Lines of Movement at Biennale Architettura 2018,” said Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi. “It is an honor to participate in this international Exhibition and present an installation that considers how pressing environmental and social challenges can be addressed through the creation of public realms. Lines of Movement explores how hybrid sites can simultaneously accommodate urban movement and create new ecological territories, and offers an enduring ideal of ‘free-space.’”
About Lines of Movement
In its curving, open form, shaped by two monumental crescents, Lines of Movement creates a space to consider the impact of architecture, landscape and infrastructure on the choreography of daily life. Through the presentation of models and films, Lines of Movement illuminates the fertile ground in the space between city and garden, art and ecology, and infrastructure and intimacy to create lasting public settings.
Models of Weiss/Manfredi projects, including the Olympic Sculpture Park, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center, Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park, and the Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology, are presented in dialogue with models of historic precedents including the Galata Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey.
Park Güell in Barcelona, Spain; the Khaju Bridge in Isfahan, Iran; Argasen Ki Baoli in New Delhi, India; and the Sydney Opera House, in Sydney, Australia, among others. Despite their diversity of character and context, these hybrid projects are linked by the lines of movement that simultaneously serve public infrastructure and create places of unexpected intimacy.
Accompanying images and texts consider how their legacies endure in the context of the continual erosion of public and natural realms that has characterized this century. Following the form’s arc, visitors encounter dual projections of four newly commissioned films that transport visitors to the hybrid sites of the Olympic Sculpture Park, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center, Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park, and the Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology.
Viewed in a continuous loop, these films invite viewers to inhabit Weiss/Manfredi’s topographical hybrid architecture and offer vistas of urban and natural beauty, engagement with urban infrastructures, and demonstrate that sites are not given, but constructed. Source and photos Courtesy of Weiss/Manfredi.
Article by Marco Rinaldi