High profile international events that generate economic activity and attract numbers of global visitors to a city do not come without some unplanned negative implications for the local area and the local population. In the case of the Venice architecture Biennale alternating with the art Biennale each year, these include a significant amount of 'waste' generated annually, an invasion of 'touristic' quality in the public spaces and the affordability of housing rents and services for the local population. While its cultural high points maybe a matter of local pride, meanwhile the day to day life of the local inhabitants, especially in the peripheral areas of Marghera and Mestre, are not without their daily existential struggles for the basics.

Anupama Kundoo's installation Building Knowledge at the 15th Architecture Biennale, thus responds to the theme of the year 'Reporting from the Front' by carefully considering the issues mentioned above. Mostly constructed out of recycled materials used by last year's German Pavilion at the art biennale, her installation includes 1:1 scale prototypes of 'Full Fill Homes' an example of affordable habitat, and an 'Easy WC'. These constructions have significantly reduced the quantity of newly sourced materials and extended the life of previous used unwanted materials. Moreover, by incorporating local labour in collaboration with activist group 'Rebiennale' it strategically ensures that the 'Biennale' funds spent on the construction remains circulating in the local economy in an inclusive approach. And finally, after the dismantling of the installation, the structures will be reinstalled at Marghera in the Cooperative Caracol and given a new lease of life for the refugees. The exhibition becomes a means to addressing local issues and contributing to their solutions directly, while exchanging knowledge about building through interdisciplinary and intercultural engagements. The process of installation as well as dismantling become opportunities for building knowledge and building community.

This one-week workshop worked in the re-installation of the basic unit prototype ‘Full Fill Home’ in the Social Center of Rivolta after the end of the exhibition. Through work team, participation and design, students and refugees will rebuild and redesign an appropriate afterlife of the installation elements for social use in Marghera.

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Directed by

Dr. Anupama Kundoo
anupama kundoo architects

In collaboration with

Rivolta Social Center


Alba Balmaseda
Luca Iuorio


Simone Manfreo
Valentina Rossi


Veaceslav Balica
El mehdi Bamhaoud
Giovanna Bordin
Alessio Bordoni
Enrico Caldo
Renato Caliò
Aurora Calligher
Giulia Cervi
Mirko De Roia
Laura Fent
Maria Giulia Ferrari
Samuel Koepke
Martina Lotto
Elena Marchiori
Alessandro Martin
Giorgia Massaro
Andrea Melchiori
Milos Miljkovic
Stefano Parisotto
Federico Quinzan
Fabrizio Rocchè
Vittorio Romieri
Simone Rossato
Laura Sanavio
Irene Simionato
Maddalena Stoppato
Marco Trevisan
Elettra Vatta
Francesco Zovi
Laura Zullian

Image Credits

Alba Balmaseda
Umberto Ferro
Anupama Kundoo


Photo by Philip Mak


Born in La Coruña, Spain, in 1985. Graduated as an architect from the Polytechnic University of Madrid in 2010. Granted with the Erasmus program in La Sapienza University of Rome in 2007. Diploma Thesis rated as outstanding and winner of a National Prize in 2011. Secured a Master’s Degree in Advanced Architectural Projects at the Polytechnic University of Madrid in September 2011. 

Combines the practice of architecture with academic research and teaching. Collaborated actively with Irisarri+Piñera Architects, Vivero de Iniciativas Ciudadanas (VIC) and Anupama Kundoo Architects. Developed academic research and teaching at Vastu Shilpa Foundation in Amhedabad, University of Nairobi, Tokyo Wonder Site, University IUAV Venice, KAKD Copenhagen or TU Berlin.

Started own architectural practice in Madrid in 2014. Currently Assistant Professor at Stuttgart School of Architecture and Planning and PhD candidate at Roma Tre University Department of Architecture. 


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