Alum Vanessa Grossman to Curate XII International Architecture Biennale of São Paulo

Alum Vanessa Grossman, who was appointed 2018-2019 Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in Architecture at ETH Zurich (position deferred to 2019-2020), has been selected together with Ciro Miguel and Charlotte Malterre-Barthes (ETH Zurich/Chair of Marc Angélil) by an international jury on behalf of the Instituto de Arquitetos do Brasil, Departamento de São Paulo (IAB-SP) to be the curatorial team of XII International Architecture Biennale of São Paulo, Brazil, with their proposal Todo Dia/Everyday — starting September 2019. 

Today, after decades of questioning architecture’s capacity to fulfill its social mandate and resist the political, economic, and environmental aporias that have historically conditioned it in spite of the architect’s will, the fear that the discipline will disappear as a human activity, supplanted by new technologies of automation, adds to this generalized sense of powerlessness. A new ethic and aesthetic of humbleness, where the vulnerability of architecture in view of inevitable global changes is taken at face value, is widespread. Architects are turning towards the most basic questions about architecture, its techniques and its very origins. More than fifteen years after Rem Koolhaas’ “Junkspace” manifesto, there is a continuous move towards the ordinary, the mundane, the quotidian, through a diffuse notion of how the most trivial level of reality — the so-called “everyday” — can contribute to the manufacture of architecture and urbanism even more so than the other way around. Over the last decade, contemporary theories of the everyday have begun to impregnate architecture’s realms of practice and theory. Todo Dia/Everyday, the XII International Architecture Biennale of São Paulo, argues the “everyday” as the privileged platform upon which we can scrutinize how architecture strives to persist as a human specialized activity in the 21st century.

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