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Taubman College at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale Canadian and Kuwaiti Pavilions

Taubman College at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale
Canadian and Kuwaiti Pavilions

Introductory remarks by Architecture Program Chair, Sharon Haar, followed by presentations by the Taubman College faculty from the following projects:

Canadian Pavilion: EXTRACTION
RVTR 
Geoffrey Thün, Kathy Velikov, Colin Ripley
Presentation by Geoffrey Thün and Kathy Velikov

Kuwaiti Pavilion: Between East and West: a Gulf After Oil
by Design Earth
El Hadi Jazairy, Rania Ghosn
Presentation by El Hadi Jazairy

The Canadian Pavilion
Geoffrey Thün, associate dean for research and creative practice at Taubman, and Kathy Velikov, associate professor of architecture, were selected to be part of an interdisciplinary team led by landscape urbanist Pierre Bélanger to represent Canada in the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale. Thün and Velikov's architectural practice, RTVR, with partner Colin Ripley, collaborates on the design of a multimedia project titled EXTRACTION. The work will first be on view at the Canadian Pavilion during Biennale, before touring in 2017 with the Walrus Foundation as official media sponsor during the 150th commemoration of Canada's Confederation. 

EXTRACTION will feature an installation, film and book that address the ecologies and territories of resource extraction. It will explore the architectures, histories and economies of Canada's rise to a "global resource empire," home to 75 percent of the planet's prospecting and mining companies.

For more information: http://www.extraction.ca/english.html

The Kuwaiti Pavilion
El Hadi Jazairy, U-M assistant professor of architecture, was invited to contribute to the Kuwait Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale. Jazairy's practice, Design Earth, will contribute a proposal titled "After Oil." Jazairy and project partner Rania Ghosn, along with team members Jia Weng, Rawan Al-Saffar, Kartiki Sharma, Hsin-Han Lee, Namjoo Kim and Sihao Xiong, present nine drawings (60x60cm) and three 3D printed (1.5x1.5m) models of "After Oil."

The exhibition proposes three speculative tales that explore the geography of the Persian Gulf and its islands in the decades after oil. These stories are also a reflection on the present condition: they stage and extrapolate critical issues of today's oil landscape to make the public aware of the energy systems on which modern life is dependent and the long-term consequences of the current fossil fuel regime.

For more information: http://kuwaitpavilion2016.com/