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23.05.2014  

Slovenian pavilion at 14th International Architecture Exhibition – Biennale di Venezia

At the 14th International Architecture Exhibition in Venece 7 June - 23 November 2014 the Pavilion of Slovenia delves on the fundamentals of architecture by looking at the work of Slovene engineer Herman Potočnik Noordung, the pioneer of space architecture. With his 1928 book The Problem of Space Travel - The Rocket Motor, Potočnik established a first vision of architecture that would enable human survival in dangerous, even deadly conditions of zero gravity.
The Pavilion of Slovenia in Venece presents Potočnik's idea of architecture for space at many levels. For the last few decades, our nearby space has been inhabited with objects of various origin, from satellites to space stations. These human "settlements" perform all kinds of functions in an environment unfriendly to humans, yet they join hands as cultural and architectural artifacts. Potočnik stands as someone who, first and foremost, used his knowledge to answer the question of how to use technology not in terms of destruction, but for common human purposes and to render the habitation of space possible. The history of space appropriation has always been, consequently, a history of architecture, bound especially to scientific and technological achievements.
In the Pavilion, Slovenian Cultural Centre of European Space Tehnologies makes a between Science-Technology solutions and the Arts-Humanities appropriation of space, seeing the development of architecture as an intersection of two parallel human efforts. The Arts-Humanities vector, outlined by Potočnik and his non-militaristic approach to designing space architecture, is to recognize a cultural space in weightlessness and in unnatural conditions to humans. More on http://goo.gl/ZkhzRK and https://www.facebook.com/slovenianpavilion.venicebiennial