United Arab Emirates
The UAE Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai showcases the transformation of the National House of the UAE, a courtyard housing typology introduced in 1970. It reflects the needs, culture and lifestyle of its inhabitants and highlights how architects provided residents with tools to modify their environment. The exhibit features three thematic sections documenting the history and prevalence of this type of housing in the UAE, and allows visitors to experience its architectural and urban qualities.
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...