Europe, a Resilient Community? Critical Practices across the Mediterranean Border

17. International Exhibition of Architecture at La Biennale di Venezia
Sunday, May 23rd, 10 am-12 am (CET).
Location: online on Resilient Communities’ FB and YouTube platforms

Event curated by MariaLuisa Palumbo

In recent decades, two major movements have shaped the Mediterranean Sea and shores: the migratory movement of people attempting to flee Africa and reach the EU, and the counter-movement of EU civil, legal, and military operations, patrolling the Mediterranean and “securing” EU borders.

In the collective imagination and in the European Union’s political rhetoric, the Mediterranean has become the space of a growing ‘migratory wave,’ in a unidirectional and unidimensional south-north trajectory. Narratives of ‘invasions’ overlook and obscure how essential resources, like natural gas and oil, move smoothly on the same routes, grounding European lifestyle in extractive practices beyond its borders. Furthermore, they contribute to ignore and conceal how present condition of inequalities between the two shores are rooted in past (and not entirely past) structures of violence.

In the context of the opening of the Italian Pavilion, at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition titled How will we live together?, the panel will bring together scholars, activists, and architects to expose the paradoxes of the militarization of the southern border of the European Community and to consider alternative practices and design strategies for a resilient future.

By staging a large number of female voices, the panel will call attention to the role of women in shaping the future of Europe and to the role of a feminist approach to undo the very logic of borders and binary epistemologies.

The panel will feature architectural historian Samia Henni (Cornell University), human geographer Ilaria Giglioli (New College of Florida), cultural mediator Mattea Weihe (Sea-Watch), social entrepreneur Paola Galuffo (Periferica), and architects Sana Frini (LociLocus), Sandi Hilal + Alessandro Petti (Decolonizing Architecture Art Research), Lucia Pierro + Marco Scarpinato (AutonomeForme).

Event organized in collaboration with/with the support of:
Cornell College of Architecture, Art, and Planning (AAP)
Inarch Istituto Nazionale di Architettura (INARCH)
Sea-Watch e.V.

About paesaggisensibili

Architect and senior fellow of the McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology of Toronto University, I'm a member of the board of directors of the Italian National Institute of Architecture (IN/ARCH) in Rome, where since 2003 I am in charge of the Institute Master Programs. My studies are rooted in the fields of architecture and philosophy of science with a special interest in biology and anthropology. Key words for my research are: Man, Space, Nature, Technique, Webness, Ecology, Relations, Interactions, Resources, Energy, Landscape, Footprint, Past and Future. My goal is to build critical understanding of the present to suggest useful strategies to build the future.

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