The Urburb in Israel is a hybrid of urban and suburban clusters, created by a century of modernist planning. It consists of organic patterns and infrastructure control, reflecting conflicting demands of modernity in Israel, to create small communities while accommodating a large and diverse population, reconnect with the land, and maintain anti-urban ideals. The Sharon Plan aimed to spread the population into numerous towns, often built in rural areas, but the result was arbitrary plans without any form of street life. Despite the changing political tastes, the demand for newer New Towns continues.
Supermarket sweep… the Latvian pavilion which has been transformed into a minimart.
This contribution brings a little levity to the long trek through the halls of the Arsenale.
Choice as the basis of architectural process, the pop aesthetics emphasizing the languages of consumption as in Hamilton or Warhol: everything is structured by the dynamics of commerce.
Welcome to T/C Latvija, surely the most instagrammed installation of this edition of the Biennale
Smart? Brilliant? Ironic?
Latvia is reopening the archive boxes once again, reminding us (including the Biennial Presidency) of everything that has already been thought up and invented, and inviting us to place the most urgently needed products in the basket, to combine them with one another, and ultimately consume all the knowledge.
Fun, colourful and thought-provoking, it offers a tongue-in-cheek moment to the Arsenale sequence...