When You Are Part of an Architectural Project

Sarhat Petrosyan, an urban designer and architect, highlights the importance of Armenia joining International Architecture Biennale in Venice. He sees the Biennale not as an exhibition but rather a generator for articulating architectural ideas that define the trends in the sphere for the upcoming 5-10 years.

Armenia presented Independent Landscape pavilion at the 15th  International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. Sarhat Petrosyan, the curator of the Armenian pavilion, says the Armenian approach to the event has considerably changed over the past two biennales.

“This year we celebrate the 25th anniversary of Armenian independence and we have sought to revisit the progress we have made and avoid reiterating the messages we have occasionally voiced. It has been our intention to pave a new way for progress in our discourse on architecture”, the curator says adding that the similarities the Armenian pavilion shares with the Spanish one, the recipient of the Golden Lion award winner, speak of Armenia’s right approach.

This year the Armenian pavilion was located in the heart of Venice, the Mechitarist Order, on the island of San Lazzaro, in the court of Holy Cross Armenian Church. The church was closed to public for many years and it was on the occasion of the Armenian pavilion that it opened for six months. 

The article was drawn up in cooperation with the EU-Eastern Partnership Culture and Creativity http://www.aravot.am/2016/09/06/732496/

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