Conversation with Shumi Bose - curator of the exhibition in the British Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale
Home Economics. The apartment challenge

  • Conversation with Shumi Bose - curator of the exhibition in the British Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale
    British Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale, 2016, photo by Marta Karpińska

The exhibition in the British Pavilion at this year's Venice Architecture Biennale was titled “Home Economics”.

Answering the question asked by the Biennale's curator Alejandro Aravenna about reports from the front of architectural battles, curators Jack Self, Shumi Bose and Finn Williams point to the housing problem as one of Britain's most important challenges. But they move the discussion from financial to functional and formal solutions, and submit their narrative not to particular rooms but to the time spent in the house or apartment. We therefore have the home by the hour, week, month or finally year. What is redesigned is the economic model of the home. The curators question the attachment to property that is dominant in British, just like in Polish, culture. They point to solutions that could be moved to the housing field from the sharing economy and show us how a bank providing a mortgage sees a house. The exhibition is a subversive and witty answer to the crisis. The questions presented by the curators and designers might open up new issues in the discussion about the future of Polish housing. 

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Other archival events from that cycle:

12:30 Walk FACTORY HOUSE, THE RETURN OF PREFABRICATION (BUILDING AT SPRZECZNA 4)Material walks #4 Meeting point of walk #4
ul. Sprzeczna 4, Warsaw
12:30 Workshops BUILDING: WHY AND FROM WHAT?Open actions for children Old printing house
ul. Nowogrodzka 84/86, Warsaw
14:00 Guided tour Curatorial guided tour of the „Home at Last” exhibition Old printing house
ul. Nowogrodzka 84/86, Warsaw
16:00 Guided tour A MEETING AT THE EXHIBITION: THE POLISH COFFIN-SHELF UNIT. AROUND 90s DESIGN Old printing house
ul. Nowogrodzka 84/86, Warsaw
18:00 Lecture MAD COOL: AMERICAN TV SHOWS AS HOME INSPIRATIONWARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION Academy Old printing house
ul. Nowogrodzka 84/86, Warsaw
12:30 Workshops FACE TO FACE WITH ARCHITECTSFamily activities Old printing house
ul. Nowogrodzka 84/86, Warsaw
13:00 Guided tour Curatorial guided tour of the „Home at Last” exhibition Old printing house
ul. Nowogrodzka 84/86, Warsaw
15:00 Guided tour Curatorial guided tour of the „Home at Last” exhibition Old printing house
ul. Nowogrodzka 84/86, Warsaw
16:30 Meeting Meeting with Tomasz Luterek Old printing house
ul. Nowogrodzka 84/86, Warsaw