FADING BORDERS opens the conversation about how the mobility of large masses of people will impact the way architects could imagine future uses of the existing built heritage and how new forms of urbanities could arise. Migration and its various short-term contemporary forms (business opportunities, education, marriage, self-improvement, etc.) will expand and will be more and more linked to the pursuit of improving the quality of life. Fading Borders initiates a constructive debate, a look to the future, a hypothetical discussion about how we will live together when the word together becomes very diverse, and the duration of the housing acquires a different dynamic.
The exhibition in Giardini proposes a concomitant display of the two in-depth research: Away by TELELEU – a journalistic survey of the lives of Romanian migrants within various local European communities; and Shrinking Cities in Romania by IDEILAGRAM – an extensive research on the various forms of decline of Romanian cities, targeting a constructive understanding of the urban shrinkage as a vector for modernization and innovation.
As a conclusion to the two aforementioned studies, at the New Gallery of IRCCU in Venice, MAZZOCCHIOO deepens the debate by gathering a series of contributions from acknowledged architects answering the question: How will Migration influence Architecture and the City? The exhibition displays the answers of: Roberto Masiero, Renato Rizzi, Homu (Italy); Ákos Moravánszky (Switzerland); Jeannette Kuo (USA / Switzerland); Jonathan Sergison, Samuel Penn, Mark Pimlott (United Kingdom); Ryan Kennihan (Ireland); Robert Verrijt (Netherlands-India); Gustav Jeppsson (Norway); Markus Breitschmid (USA); El Sindicato (Ecuador); Dorin Ștefan, Laura Cristea, Șerban Țigănaș, Tudor Vlăsceanu (Romania). This material also constitutes the core of issue #7 of Mazzocchioo (launched in August 2021).