Last week, SCAPE teammembers were in Venice, Italy for the opening of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. SCAPE is one of 7 teams representing the US at the biennale, under the theme of Dimensions of Citizenship. The pavilion’s theme considers how citizenship is constructed and contested in the built environment across seven different scales. SCAPE’s scale – the region – demonstrates that landscape architecture can be a critical tool for re-envisioning the response of citizens to climate change. The project SCAPE developed, Ecological Citizens, gives agency to citizens (human and non-human alike) of the region—an area that does not have fixed political boundaries, but rather assemblages of ecosystems, interspecies entanglements, infrastructural imperatives, and climatic forces. At the closing of the Biennale in November 2018, in partnership with scientists from the Università di Bologna, Life Vimine and the Italian Institute of Marine Sciences, the installation’s architectural materials will be deployed in the lagoon. Read more about the project here.
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