SMARTlab’s Përparim Rama selected to represent Kosovo at the Venice Biennale!

Kosovo Pavilion at the 13th International Architecture Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia

For the first time, Kosovo will be honoured at the Venice Biennale, the world’s largest and most prestigious architectural event.

The country’s exhibit, the Kosovo Pavilion, created by Rama with his company 4M studios, will represent an emotional barometer related to streets and buildings.

The idea is to expose Kosovo’s present architectural state while generating future design based on emotional responses.

Through voting, people will select architectural images from the country and link them directly to an emotion: happy, sad, trapped, excited, free, or angry.

Visitors can either select an image from a preselected library or choose photographs that have been uploaded by other participants. They can also simply add their own photos.

People from all over the world will have an opportunity to express their own emotional attachment through these photographs, and to share their vision for the future in terms of the country’s design landscape.

All user-selected images will take a journey through an interactive-based platform where a ‘Common Ground’ will be formed through a structure made of filigree wire.  Filigree is one of the traditional jewellery-making techniques which has survived a current cultural revival. The use of filigree is one of the key structures representing Kosovo in Venice.

Visitors to the exhibit will become agents of change, impacting the structure represented in the Kosovo Pavilion, and possibly affecting future legislation. This exhibit will create guides of current structure, creative design and future innovation.

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