The Swamp School

public program at the
16th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia
May – November 2018

Swamp Radio (on transmitting), May 23-27
Futurity Island (on symbio-poetics), June 26-30
Commonism (on cohabiting), September 24-29

Throughout the 2018 Venice Biennale of Architecture, the Swamp School will function as a changing, flexible, open-ended structure that supports experiments in design, pedagogy and artistic intelligence. Invited designers and scholars will conduct performative lectures and lead workshops for visitors to the Biennale, all of whom are invited to participate. In exploring the imaginary of a swamp—a living organism in which borders defined by social, political and cultural factors are porous and permeable—we will investigate an open artistic/architectural form and effective workshop and publication methodologies. The Swamp School will act as a pilot for future learning environments, informed by and informing the architecture and installations of its own space. Research questions will focus on creating public interfaces and manuals that support adaptation and learning to meet the demands of a changing environment.

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