Catalonia returns to the Eventi Collaterali of the 14th Venice Biennale of Architecture with ‘Arquitectures Empeltades/Grafting Architecture’ curated by Josep Torrents i Alegre together with associated curators Guillem Carabí Bescós and Jordi Ribas Boldú.
“This proposal, chosen by a panel of judges through a public competition held by Institut Ramon Llull (IRL), the driving force behind Catalonia’s participation, seeks to elucidate the changes taking place in contemporary Catalan architecture, presenting examples of a way of going about things that is able to update a living tradition, projecting it towards the future.” say the curators.
“Grafting is a process that involves inserting part of a tree with one or more buds into the branch or trunk of another tree such that a permanent union is established between the two, in the same way as the viticulturist who grafts a scion from the desired grape variety onto the rootstock and where the subsequent grape quality and the excellence of the resulting wine stem from correct union between scion and rootstock. In architecture we can identify a number of processes that bear a great similarity to this botanical process.”
“Preexisting structures, physical or otherwise, are grafted with the new proposal, generating a building that brings together and harmoniously fuses the characteristics of what already exists and what is new. We can find this grafted architecture across the centuries in a great many examples. However it is in the last quarter of the 20th century and the early 21st century where we find a great number of projects in Catalan architecture in which proposals of different types and scales achieve brilliant results.”
“Grafting transmits the idea of a new organism that combines the strong points of its original components and is more vigorous than either of them on their own, an idea of renewal and growth. Grafting Architecture speaks of a contemporary attitude shared over time by many projects and many architects wherein each building is understood from within itself, through its uniqueness, and noticeably enriches the place where it is located.”
Grafting Architecture. Catalonia at Venice can be seen at Cantieri Navali, Calle Quintavalle, Castello 40 until November 23, 2014.