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ACTIVE VOICE | Installation at “Time Space Existence” exhibition

Place: Venezia, Country: Italy
Global Arts Affairs Foundation
ACTIVE VOICE
video installation by Louise Braverman Architect
"Time Space Existence" exhibition
Palazzo Bembo, Venezia.
Text and images courtesy of Louise Braverman Architects

ACTIVE VOICE by Louise Braverman Architect
Video Installation at “Time Space Existence” exhibition

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Taking into consideration the particulars of time and place, architects today must engage in active conversations with communities to help give definition to their existence. Active Voice, an installation by Louise Braverman Architect at the ”Time Space Existence” exhibition – collateral event of the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale – is a snapshot of one such conversation.
A six-year dialogue produced a series of architectural projects that were integral to the creation of a charter school in a community in Staten Island, New York, where the families of 86% of the students live below the poverty line.

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Responding to the curatorial focus Reporting From the Front, a three dimensional video architectural exploration seen through the lens of two neighborhood grandmothers who established the school, is at the core of the exhibit. The installation is composed of an integrated video display on four planes, three walls and a horizontal platform, that together describe the ongoing collaborative design process that resulted in formal and informal learning spaces for the growing number of students.

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The architectural task was multifaceted.
It included an ongoing search for a site for a new building resulting in multiple investigations of possible parcels of open land as well as potential unused buildings, such as a manufacturing warehouse and an abandoned nunnery, which could be repurposed into a new school campus. Simultaneously, yearly renovations and re-designs of the existing school classrooms and public space were part of the scope of work.
The latest project is the design of adaptable, pre-fabricated “classroom buildings” suitable for small or large group learning that are located within the existing school gymnasium.
This series of incremental architectural projects together strive to create an inclusive educational public domain for the students, educators and community.

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Project Credits:
Design Principal: Louise Braverman
Design Team: Medha Singh, Shawn Chen, Carol Nung, Emily Walek
Photographer: Sergio Pirrone
Louise Braverman Architect
Videographer: Sergio Pirrone, Louise Braverman, Tom Fox

Time Space Existence | temporary exhibition.
Collateral event of the 15th Architecture Biennale, Venezia.
28 May – 27 November 2016

Venues:
Palazzo Bembo, Riva del Carbon, 4793 – www.palazzobembo.org
Palazzo Mora, Strada Nuova, 3659 – www.palazzomora.org
Palazzo Rossini, Campo Manin,4013 – www. palazzorossini.org


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