Kuwait “rethinks” its urban design at La biennale di Venezia

Kuwait’s pavilion opened Saturday at the Biennale Architettura 2023 (18th International Architecture Exhibition) in Venice, Italy.

Stressing significance of Kuwaiti presence in the venue, Ambassador in Rome Nasser Al-Qahtani, in a keynote speech, said the Biennale mirrors modern creativity within the global cultural movement, as it attracts a potpourri of architects to discuss visions and solutions for contemporary urban dilemmas, according to an embassy copy to KUNA. Dr. Mohammad Al-Jassar, Assistant Secretary General of National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters (NCCAL), was also present at the event.

Curators of ‘Rethinking Rethinking Kuwait’ pavilion for La biennale di Venezia say it explores new methods for architectural and urban design that emerges from the intersections of space and time. The project is an ongoing investigation attempting to rectify the effects of modernist urban planning that led to the erasure of most of Kuwait’s historic-built fabric.

The NCCAL-sponsored pavilion also delves into the ideas of “decolonization and decarbonization” by rethinking means of transportation and accessibility. It looks at Kuwait on a national scale with a focused study on Kuwait City as a prototypical condition. It features various studies that explore transitional spaces in the city that ranges in scope and scale.

Meanwhile, Roberto Cicutto, President of Exhibition expressed belief that Biennale’s true task is as an institution, and not only for architecture.

The Biennale’s “Laboratory of the Future” program is enriched by Carnival; a six-month-long cycle of events, lectures, panel discussions, films, and performances.

It will be open to the public until Sunday November 26, 2023 at the Giardini and the Arsenale, and at Forte Marghera; and curated by renowned architect Lesley Lokko.

Source: Kuwait News Agency