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UEL architects make bold statement at the Venice Architecture Biennale

University of East London (UEL) architecture lecturers Carlo Cappai and Maria Alessandra Segantini have been making a bold statement at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale, with their striking installation, Aequilibrium.

The work combines a red passerelle wrapped around the historic column of the Corderie dell’Arsenale in Venice, with a cork carpet covered with architectural plans for city buildings.

Now approaching its final month, the Venice Biennale, founded in 1895, is considered one of the most prestigious events in the architecture and design world, with practitioners from around the globe applying for a coveted place.

Carlo and Maria describe their installation has having a strong educational theme, with play, creative spaces, school building design, and the role of school as path for children to enter their community all contributing to the design. 

The 2016 edition of the Venice Architecture Biennale, entitled ‘Reporting from the Front’, was curated by Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena, recipient of the 2016 Pritzker Prize.

Cappai and Segantini teach a range of architecture modules at UEL’s School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering. They are also the founders of C+S Architects, with offices in Venice and London. 

The pair have previously received the gold medal of Italian Architecture Special Prize in 2012, the InOpera Award in 2011, the Faces of Design Award, Berlin 2010, and the Sfide 2009 of the Italian Ministry of Environment.

The Biennale closes on 28 November.