Emilio Ambasz, considered the father, poet and prophet of green architecture, will exhibit in the second section of the Italian pavilion at the 17th Venice International Architecture Biennale, organized by Alessandro Melis.
Venice, Italy – (May 25, 2021) – The Italian pavilion will take an in-depth look at the pressing theme of climate change and its related challenges, where the contribution of architecture is seen as a sine qua non. It will come up with new ideas and suggestions, provide food for thought and reveal the results of years of interdisciplinary research spent listening and trying to understand – on the outer limits of traditional error-prone architecture – the “background noise and flapping butterfly wings», In the words of Alessandro Melis.
One of the guests of the exhibition – with a large space dedicated to him – is the multi-talented inventor Emilio Ambasz, the creator of projects around the world that have become references and a source of inspiration for modern green architecture.
Emilio Ambasz says: “Each building is an intrusion into the plant kingdom and a challenge for nature: we must design an architecture that embodies a pact of reconciliation between nature and construction, by designing buildings so intrinsically linked to their environment that they are incapable of unravel. each other. “
Using multimedia resources, the Pavilion will pay tribute to the Argentinian maestro through films, signs, panels and models of two emblematic creations resulting from the immense production of Ambasz, two works which, decades later , are and will be at the heart of the debate on poetics and the discipline of design: the Casa de Retiro Espiritual – an incredible and dreamlike reference to the primordial notion of the house, and ACROS Center in Fukuoka, one of the most innovative, spectacular and famous green buildings in the world, whose 25th anniversary celebrations were broadcast around the world at the end of 2020.
“Each building is an intrusion into the plant kingdom and a challenge for nature: we must design an architecture that embodies a pact of reconciliation between nature and construction, by designing buildings so intrinsically linked to their environment that they are incapable of unravel. each other. “
Melis explains, “Emilio Ambasz’s presence in the pavilion is essential for at least three reasons: his pioneering research, his emphasis on radical architecture and the international reach of his visions.“. According to the curator of the Pavilion, it was Ambasz’s experiences that inspired the green architecture which is now so revered, but which never showed enough gratitude to the maestro. And, again in Melis’ words, her “are experiments which are no less sophisticated than current ones: they are already complete and conclusive works, which already contain contemporary elements. It is not a pioneer value, it is an absolute value. “
Another absolute value is the legacy from two of Ambasz’s experiences – the famous Italy exhibition: the new domestic landscape (which brought Italian design to the attention of the whole world) and the fact that it held up the spotlight on radical movements and new utopias to call into question current paradigms – two significant elements for this celebration. Not to mention his role as a paradigmatic figure, inspiration and fundamental bridge for architects around the world.
Ambasz’s message brings together “technology and primitivism“(Terence Riley, former head of the Department of Architecture and Design – MoMA, NY), and”he creates sophisticated skies on earth“(A. Mendini); Emilio Ambasz “taught us to see a dimension in which nature and architecture are inseparable, a realm that ranges from nature created by God to that forged by man(Tadao Ando).
In this context, the Pavilion will give additional visibility to the announcement by MoMA in New York of the creation of the ‘Emilio Ambasz Research Institute‘(EA / RI) for the joint study of a new architecture that will reconcile nature with the artificial environment. He will be based in the Department of Architecture and Design at MoMA and will develop and enrich the global debate on the urgent need for ecological recalibration.
Ambasz continues his poetic research where the natural and the artificial mix and become one: “it is an ethical obligation to demonstrate that another future is possible. We must assert another model of life to change the path of the present […] The Western notion of man’s creations as distinct and separate entities – contrasting with nature – has exhausted its intellectual and ethical capital. “
About Emilio Ambasz
Just as his buildings can be found all over the world, his design objects have brought Ambasz to homes, offices and streets on all continents. Ambasz owns over 220 industrial and mechanical patents and has received an impressive number of awards from around the world (most recently the Compasso d’Oro ADI – his 4th, for his international career, in September 2020).
Important solo exhibitions by Emilio Ambasz have taken place all over the world, from MoMA in New York (twice) to the Milan Triennale (twice), via the Reina Sofia in Madrid, not to mention Tokyo, Geneva , Bordeaux, Zurich, Chicago, Philadelphia. , Mexico City, San Diego and Saint Louis, celebrating its unique design, creative flair and moral commitment.
Formerly Curator of Architecture and Design at MoMA, where he organized the successful exhibition Italy: The New Domestic Landscape (1972), he is an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and the Royal Institute of British Architects.
He was named “Commander of the Order of the Star of Italy” in 2014.
Italian pavilion at Venice Architecture Biennale celebrates Maestro Emilio Ambasz