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13th INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTURE BIENALLE OF SÃO PAULO

RECONSTRUCTION

This edition of the Architecture Biennale starts off from a reality of intense transformations generated by the COVID-19 pandemic around the world, which required intense efforts by urban, social and professional organizations for survival. In this way, we propose a closer look on the challenges imposed by this crisis, as well as reflections and proposals that set out for social practices, spatial arrangements and the possibilities of living and transforming realities in urban and rural areas.

Therefore, the central issue of the 13th International Biennale of São Paulo, which will take place in 2022, is RECONSTRUCTION. Based on the idea of rebuilding, recasting and renewing the relationships between social groups with their domestic spaces, between citizens and public spaces and personal and profissionais plots, which happen on the confined spaces and in the collective use ones, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

RECONSTRUCTION calls us to rethink problems and solutions in various aspects. In order to understand this matter, we launched five preliminary guiding axes that will guide us in the proposal of the foundations of this national event. The point of Democracy (1) offers a critical reflection on how to guarantee and encourage political practices in urban spaces in a global context and in a country facing threats of democratic recession. How can cities be transformed to more accessible, safe, welcoming, inviting places, but also be where contrasts and conflicts are latent, discussing questions about the presence of different social classes, races and genders. A critical reflection on these topics is proposed, and innovative solutions are stimulated in relation to democratic planning and management, based on experiences linked to the territory.

The axis Bodies (2) launched a discussion about the relationship between space and issues such as intersectionality, vulnerabilities and social policies. We suggest a reflection on how to guarantee collective practices in view of questions of public health, discrimination, violence and rights violations, in order to rethink how to guarantee access, coexistence and circulation of people. Besides, announces the urgency of guaranteeing specific programs for specific groups, such as children, youths, children, bearers of special needs, especially in vulnerable territories during this crisis, expanding the debate on the vulnerabilities of bodies in the cities’s flow. In relation to the architectural spaces, it is also proposed to reflect on the flexibility of domestic, professional and institutional spaces facing the challenge of ensuring diverse uses and collective health in the context of isolation and resumption of activities.

Understanding Memory (3) as a collective agent that confronts us during the strangeness of a new world and comforts us in relation to its permanence, but also as a process of permanent re-elaboration of this past in the present and that has the property of conserving or deleting certain aspects, the challenge is to understand how to use the pre-existences to reinvent your daily life. This project also aims to reflect on how architecture and urban infrastructure can collaborate for the construction of a collective memory that becomes more compliant or processes of (re)occupation, (re)construction and (re)significance of the cities.

In this sense, Information (4) opens horizons for the debate on urban and social policies based on a theme that deals all aspects of contemporary life, but it is also restricted to specialists. We propose to shed light on the questions of privacy and protection of data, as experiments with models of governance of public and private data not managed by two bodies of daily practices, stimulating or debating collaborative cartography, facial recognition, algorithmic discrimination, internet of things (IoT) and of urban data science in a perspective of governance of cities.

We close the axes of this Biennale with the question of Ecology (5), fundamental for the balance between urban and natural areas, the discussion on ecology, proposes a reflection on a planning of cities that is attentive to environmental balance and to the development of productive activities, aimed at the quality of life of its population, taking into account climate change, low carbon cities, urban agriculture and food security.

By inviting all to this debate, we are committed to giving continuity to the selection process, followed by the figure of a resident curator who is able to think about the current edition, and the construction of a model for the following editions, in order to make the process of preparing the event even more open and representative. A Consulting Board will also be set up by the IAB – São Paulo Department, with rules to confer representativeness and a Monitoring Committee For The 13th Biennale, which brings together all the state Departments.

The new model to be experimented is planned for a format of the next five editions (2022-2032) and seeks to establish a strategic network with cultural entities, universities and public authorities.

The event must also prioritize sites of the city to connect and integrate actions: a network of public and community centers where integrated urban and environmental transformation projects are under way in dialogue with local communities (Jardim Guarani, Jardim Pantanal, Parque Pinheirinho D ‘ Água, Jardim Lapenna and Parque Novo Mundo) in partnership with the Pacto Pelas Cidades Justas; and cultural equipment and public spaces on the Avenida Paulista area. Places to host exhibitions, debates and activities that involve populations in the city, with the understanding that multiple manifestations must be welcomed and discussed in this event.

In July and August 2020, three preparatory debates for the co-curatorial contest were broadcasted with topics related to the very essence of art and architecture exhibitions, that proposed to think about the role of architects, urban planners and so many other professionals in the construction of more just and democratic cities. For the second half of 2021, there are other Open Calls planned, to select projects, activities and interventions linked to the Biennale.

This process will seek to contribute as a strengthening of a network of collaboration – involving universities, cultural institutions, social movements, among others – which consist in a social pact to share projects, narratives, experiences, tools that make it possible to understand, act and transform the environment and urban culture.

© Luisa C. Zucchi (2017)

© Inês Bonduki, da série Linha Vermelha (2017)

© Pedro Céu. São José dos Campos (2020)

© Tuca Vieira. Paraisópolis

© Luisa C. Zucchi (2017)

© Nelson Kon. Estação de tratamento de água da Indústria de papéis Ahlstrom Munksjo em Caieiras/ SP (2019)

© Tuca Vieira. Paulista

13ª BIENAL INTERNACIONAL
DE ARQUITETURA
DE SÃO PAULO

RECONSTRUCTION

This edition of the Architecture Biennale starts off from a reality of intense transformations generated by the COVID-19 pandemic around the world, which required intense efforts by urban, social and professional organizations for survival. In this way, we propose a closer look on the challenges imposed by this crisis, as well as reflections and proposals that set out for social practices, spatial arrangements and the possibilities of living and transforming realities in urban and rural areas.

Therefore, the central issue of the 13th International Biennale of São Paulo, which will take place in 2022, is RECONSTRUCTION. Based on the idea of rebuilding, recasting and renewing the relationships between social groups with their domestic spaces, between citizens and public spaces and personal and profissionais plots, which happen on the confined spaces and in the collective use ones, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

RECONSTRUCTION calls us to rethink problems and solutions in various aspects. In order to understand this matter, we launched five preliminary guiding axes that will guide us in the proposal of the foundations of this national event. The point of Democracy (1) offers a critical reflection on how to guarantee and encourage political practices in urban spaces in a global context and in a country facing threats of democratic recession. How can cities be transformed to more accessible, safe, welcoming, inviting places, but also be where contrasts and conflicts are latent, discussing questions about the presence of different social classes, races and genders. A critical reflection on these topics is proposed, and innovative solutions are stimulated in relation to democratic planning and management, based on experiences linked to the territory.

The axis Bodies (2) launched a discussion about the relationship between space and issues such as intersectionality, vulnerabilities and social policies. We suggest a reflection on how to guarantee collective practices in view of questions of public health, discrimination, violence and rights violations, in order to rethink how to guarantee access, coexistence and circulation of people. Besides, announces the urgency of guaranteeing specific programs for specific groups, such as children, youths, children, bearers of special needs, especially in vulnerable territories during this crisis, expanding the debate on the vulnerabilities of bodies in the cities’s flow. In relation to the architectural spaces, it is also proposed to reflect on the flexibility of domestic, professional and institutional spaces facing the challenge of ensuring diverse uses and collective health in the context of isolation and resumption of activities.

Understanding Memory (3) as a collective agent that confronts us during the strangeness of a new world and comforts us in relation to its permanence, but also as a process of permanent re-elaboration of this past in the present and that has the property of conserving or deleting certain aspects, the challenge is to understand how to use the pre-existences to reinvent your daily life. This project also aims to reflect on how architecture and urban infrastructure can collaborate for the construction of a collective memory that becomes more compliant or processes of (re)occupation, (re)construction and (re)significance of the cities.

In this sense, Information (4) opens horizons for the debate on urban and social policies based on a theme that deals all aspects of contemporary life, but it is also restricted to specialists. We propose to shed light on the questions of privacy and protection of data, as experiments with models of governance of public and private data not managed by two bodies of daily practices, stimulating or debating collaborative cartography, facial recognition, algorithmic discrimination, internet of things (IoT) and of urban data science in a perspective of governance of cities.

We close the axes of this Biennale with the question of Ecology (5), fundamental for the balance between urban and natural areas, the discussion on ecology, proposes a reflection on a planning of cities that is attentive to environmental balance and to the development of productive activities, aimed at the quality of life of its population, taking into account climate change, low carbon cities, urban agriculture and food security.

By inviting all to this debate, we are committed to giving continuity to the selection process, followed by the figure of a resident curator who is able to think about the current edition, and the construction of a model for the following editions, in order to make the process of preparing the event even more open and representative. A Consulting Board will also be set up by the IAB – São Paulo Department, with rules to confer representativeness and a Monitoring Committee For The 13th Biennale, which brings together all the state Departments.

The new model to be experimented is planned for a format of the next five editions (2022-2032) and seeks to establish a strategic network with cultural entities, universities and public authorities.

The event must also prioritize sites of the city to connect and integrate actions: a network of public and community centers where integrated urban and environmental transformation projects are under way in dialogue with local communities (Jardim Guarani, Jardim Pantanal, Parque Pinheirinho D ‘ Água, Jardim Lapenna and Parque Novo Mundo) in partnership with the Pacto Pelas Cidades Justas; and cultural equipment and public spaces on the Avenida Paulista area. Places to host exhibitions, debates and activities that involve populations in the city, with the understanding that multiple manifestations must be welcomed and discussed in this event.

In July and August 2020, three preparatory debates for the co-curatorial contest were broadcasted with topics related to the very essence of art and architecture exhibitions, that proposed to think about the role of architects, urban planners and so many other professionals in the construction of more just and democratic cities. For the second half of 2021, there are other Open Calls planned, to select projects, activities and interventions linked to the Biennale.

This process will seek to contribute as a strengthening of a network of collaboration – involving universities, cultural institutions, social movements, among others – which consist in a social pact to share projects, narratives, experiences, tools that make it possible to understand, act and transform the environment and urban culture.

© Luisa C. Zucchi (2017)

© Pedro Céu. São José dos Campos (2020)

© Tuca Vieira. Paraisópolis

© Luisa C. Zucchi (2017)

© Nelson Kon. Estação de tratamento de água da Indústria de papéis Ahlstrom Munksjo em Caieiras/ SP (2019)

© Tuca Vieira. Paulista