The Venezuelan pavilion designed by the architect Carlo Scarpa has opened its doors after a major restoration process. Inside, to celebrate the 15th Architecture Biennial it is hosting the exhibition entitled Forze Urbane (Urban Forces), a project focused on current land policies implemented in the poorest districts of the country.
Forze Urbane presents 15 interventions aimed at consolidating the urban fabric of several of the barrios that were spontaneously created in 8 of the country’s cities. These are projects for public spaces, entertainment venues, quiet corners, facilities and services where the architecture is used as a tool to strengthen social organization. The projects all share the same spirit: they are discrete interventions, conceived as urban micro-operations, almost all the result of open tenders and international workshops.
Forze Urbane is an exhibition staged with limited resources, but even so the result is amazing. The small room serves as a design laboratory, with a streaming link to four of the implemented projects and the participation of the organized communities involved in them. Some information posters with fact sheets regarding the projects are on display in the large hall, divided according to the major issues addressed in the project.
The Venezuelan Pavilion reflects the country’s desire to create ambitious projects despite the lack of (exclusively economic) resources.