Being in a Biennale - interview #09: Xristina Argyros & Ryan Neiheiser - Pavillon de la Grèce

Suivant l’influence culturel qui a fait de la Grèce le pôle d’enseignement le plus important du monde antique, THE SCHOOL OF ATHENS est une recherche autour des espaces dédiés à l’apprentissage et à la transmission du savoir. À travers une mise en scène minimaliste et didactique, les «espaces d’éducation» se disposent dans le volume du pavillon grec avec la même liberté spatiale qu’ils défendent.

The School of Athens
Greek Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition – Venice Biennale 2018, Giardini

Commissioner: Secretary General of Spatial Planning and Urban Environment, Eirini Klampatsea
Curators: Xristina Argyros, Ryan Neiheiser / Neiheiser Argyros

The School of Athens is an ambition; a utopian vision of a free, open, informal, and common space for learning. It is an in-between space. Neither inside nor outside, not quite a room, but also not simply a space for circulation. It is not a classroom, and yet we see scholars and students debating, teaching, and studying. Architects throughout history have experimented with different spatial strategies for creating ‘freespaces’ in academic institutions – unprogrammed spaces for impromptu conversations, casual gossip, heated debate, pop-up events, networking, and informal teaching. The architecture of the commons is vital to the university’s continued relevance and vibrancy, and deserves intelligent critique and continual update. There is therefore an urgent need to both look back, and to scan across the current landscape of university architecture, to extract compelling and successful spaces that are ‘free’ – unprogrammed, common, and democratic.

[ Texte de présentation repris du site de la Biennale de Venise ]

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