Venice Biennale 2018

26 May 2018 - 25 Nov 2018 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM Sale d'Armi, Arsenale

The Singapore Pavilion was officially inaugurated on Friday, 25 May by Mr Gabriel Lim, Permanent Secretary for the Singapore Ministry of Communications and Information, in an Opening Ceremony event at the Sale D’Armi of the Arsenale.

SUTD, in collaboration with the National University of Singapore’s Department of Architecture (NUS) is curating the Singapore Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia.
Commissioned by the DesignSingapore Council (Dsg) of the Ministry of Communications and Information, and the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), the Singapore Pavilion asks if there is indeed No More Free Space? in the island state, in response to the overarching theme Freespace conceptualised by curators Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara.
No More Free Space? tells the story of how, despite the lack of free space, Singapore-based architects, urban planners and place-makers have creatively found ways to bring delightful free spaces to the city’s everyday life.
The exhibition features 12 Singapore-based projects that showcase the resourcefulness of the architects, their inspirations and the realisation of ideas, while borrowing natural resources such as light, air, greenery and water.
The Pavilion’s centrepiece features an immersive installation, an ethereal cloud made of skillfully handcrafted acrylic knots gently suspended in the vast spaces of the Sale d’Armi – a venue provided by the National Arts Council. Complete with a multi-sensory projection of lights, sounds and images of Singapore, the pavilion invites visitors to immerse themselves in the spaces within the cloud and enjoy the multi-sensorial installation.
The exhibition will run from 26 May to 25 November in Venice, Italy. The presentation will be restaged in Singapore in 2019.
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Erwin Viray, Lead Curator

Professor Erwin Viray is the Head of Pillar of Architecture and Sustainable Design in Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). He was Global Excellence Professor at Kyoto Institute of Technology and Head of the Graduate School of Architecture and Design in 2012 for two years. In addition, he holds several professional leadership roles including Chief Communications Officer for the Kyoto Design Lab and a member of the Singapore President’s Design Awards jury since 2012 and the Chair of the jury since 2013. He is also an Award Ambassador for the LafargeHolcim Awards in Asia Pacific, a jury chair of archiprixSEA 2012 and 2016, a member of management board the TOTO Gallery MA, an Advisory Council member for the Barcelona Institute of Architecture. He has been Editor of the influential magazine, a+u (Architecture + Urbanism) since 1996.

Chong Keng Hua, Curator

Graduated with PhD in Architecture, Dr Keng Hua Chong is an Assistant Professor of Architecture and Sustainable Design at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), where he leads the Social Urban Research Group (SURGe) and co-leads the Opportunity Lab (O-Lab). He is also the partner of COLOURS: Collectively Ours. Co-author of Second Beginnings: Senior Living Redefined (2018)and Creative Ageing Cities: Place Design with Older People in Asian Cities (2018), he is currently leading various research and design projects related to ageing, social architecture, and participatory community design across Asia. He was curator for the Singapore Pavilion at the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism 2017

Jason Lim Teck Chye, Curator and Exhibition Designer

Jason Lim is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at SUTD and director of TakahashiLim A + D, a design consultancy based in Singapore. He received a doctorate from ETH Zurich, completing his dissertation at Gramazio Kohler Research. He also holds a Master of Engineering degree from the Stevens Institute of Technology, as well as a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University. He worked previously as a PhD researcher at the Future Cities Lab in the Singapore-ETH centre, and as an architectural designer at BriggsKnowles Architecture + Design in New York City. In addition, he has taught at Parsons the New School for Design, Stevens Institute of Technology, and the National University of Singapore.

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