A Bench in Venice

The National Pavilion United Arab Emirates at La Biennale di Venezia , led by co-curator Wael Al Awar in collaboration with the Curator’s Collective, launches an international open call for Design students to propose a bench design for installation in Venice during the summer of 2021.

Category Project Competition / Open to Students
Type International, Project, Students, Single-Stage, Anonymous
Genre Street-Furniture
Country Venice, Italy
RegDeadline 7 July 2021 GoogleCal iCal
7 July 2021 (via Online)
Eligibility The open call invites design students from around the world to enter.

Description
The National Pavilion United Arab Emirates at La Biennale di Venezia , led by co-curator Wael Al Awar in collaboration with the Curator's Collective, launches an international open call for Design students to propose a bench design for installation in Venice during the summer of 2021.
For the first time in the Biennale Architettura de Venezia's 40-year history, national pavilion curators around the globe are working together to investigate new avenues for fulfilling the Biennale's potential as a platform for synergistic, expansive, and accessible collaboration. Known as the Curators' Collective (CC), over 50 participating national pavilions have joined in the ongoing dialog alongside the Biennale's chief curator, Hashim Sarkis.
In this collaborative spirit, the CC contemplates one of the oldest and most basic units of social exchange, the bench. This open call puts forth the idea that the bench can be a key activator of Common Space, enabling observation, reflection and, therefore, dialog. As the world continues to grapple with today's twin urgencies of the pandemic and accelerating climate change, the need for dialog is greater than ever.
Value will be placed on entries that showcase the upcycling process. The bench must be able to function during both pandemic and non-pandemic times, be safe and durable for public use without need for maintenance during a three-month period.

Jury
Fiona Mali, Co-curator, Albanian National Pavilion
David Theodore, Co-curator, Canadian National Pavilion
Roberta Semeraro, Curator, Dominican Republic National Pavilion
Madeleine Kessler, Co-curator, British National Pavilion
Hae-Won Shin, Curator, Korean National Pavilion
Sara Anwar, Curator, Pakistan National Pavilion
Alexander Furunes, Co-curator, Philippine National Pavilion
Günther Vogt & Violeta Burckhardt, VOGT Landscape Architects.

Prize
The winning benches will be fabricated and installed in Venice, Italy. All entries will be showcased on the CC website.

Entry Fee
None

Timetable
July 20th, 2021: Winners Notified
August, 2021: Benches Installed
November, 2021: Benches Deinstalled

Organizer
The National Pavilion United Arab Emirates at La Biennale di Venezia

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