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LifeObject – Israel at the Venice Biennale 2016

Place: Venice, Country: Italy
Pavilion of Israel
Commissioners: 
Arad Turgeman, Miki Gov
Text by Riccardo Bianchini
All photos © Inexhibit, 2016

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The pavilion of Israel in the Biennale’s Giardini, Venice

LifeObject: Merging Biology & Architecture – Israel at the Venice Biennale 2016

The relationship between Architecture and Biology is the key-theme of the exhibition of Israel at the 15th Venice Biennale, entitled LifeObject.

The exhibition presents an array of works which, collectively, form a dialogue connecting architecture to science, and especially to those scientific fields related to biology and bio-technologies.
Yet, such relationship is not limited to the influence than nature historically has always had on architectural forms and/or materials. Indeed, the Israeli exhibition focuses primarily on the seminal influence that biology could have on the way we conceive and design buildings, by creating a parallel between living creatures and constructions and casting a speculative glimpse on future, potential forms of innovative architecture.

The centerpiece of LifeObject is an installation which combines natural elements with composite and bio-engineered artificial materials: a “living form” which reacts to the environment and, as all biological systems, is based on the concept of resilience. A resilience which also our human community is more and more required to be based upon, especially in a country experiencing a permanent geopolitical crisis, such as Israel.

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“LifeObject” core installation, photos © Inexhibit, 2016

Along with the core installation, also the other projects on view – all developed by multidisciplinary teams of architects, engineers and scientists – depict how biology could positively influence building, urban and landscape regeneration and development.

For example Urban Angiogenesis / Bio Smart City 3.0 (Knafo Klimor Architects and Prof. Ronit Satchi-Fainaro) investigates the use of medical diagnostic techniques and nanomedicine to detect urban overcrowding by creating a parallel between vascular growth in cancer with the densification of the city of Tel Aviv.

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Urban Angiogenesis / Bio Smart City 3.0, installation views, photos © Inexhibit, 2016

Breathing Building (Arch Farah Farah, Arch. Moti Bodek, and Prof. David Elad) proposes a bio-inspired sustainable and natural-ventilated building to be installed off the coast of Ashdod, in the Mediterranean sea.

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Breathing Building, photo © Inexhibit, 2016

Nanocellulose Desert Shelter (Ncarchitects, Guy Austern, Prof. Oded Shoseyov) is a project which makes use of different types of nanocellulose-based materials to create a sustainable, recyclable and flexible educational and cultural center for the Bedouin community living in the Negev desert.

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Nanocellulose Desert Shelter, photos © Inexhibit, 2016

LIFEOBJECT: Merging Biology & Architecture
Curators-Exhibitors: Ido Bachelet, Bnaya Bauer, Arielle Blonder, Yael Eylat Van-Essen Noy Lazarovich. Teams of Scientists & Architects: Dan Shechtman, Einat Kalisch Rotem, Madlan; Ronit Satchi-Fainaro, Tagit Klimor; David Elad, Moti Bodek, Farah Farah; Uri Shavit, “Commons” | Envisioning the new public space; Boaz Tadmor, Dan Eytan, Ruth Lahav; Oded Shoseyov, NCArchitects, Guy Austern; Erez Livneh, ShaGa Shyovitz Architects.


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