The shared city: architecture as a tool for new social balances. This is the focus and leitmotif of the 5th Biennial of Architecture of Pisa to be held in the city next autumn. Now in its fifth edition, conceived and organised by the LP Association - Permanent Laboratory for the City, it will be held from 13 to 29 October 2023.
As with every edition, there is a main theme for this eagerly-awaited return that will act as a common thread - among the many architectural projects that will be presented - for the entire cultural reflection that will involve professionals, citizens and the general public.
The title of this edition of the Biennale is 'The Shared City. Architecture for a new social balance'; the theme, therefore, is architecture as a tool for building and experiencing new social balances. The curators of the Biennial, Massimo Del Seppia (coordinator), Pietro Berti, Silvia Lucchesini and Fabrizio Sainati, set themselves the objective of identifying a number of research guidelines based on the fundamental role of architecture for the purposes of social rebalancing, offering an opportunity to compare realised experiences and future visions with the aim of contributing to the elaboration of new models capable of grasping the transformations underway. A Biennale that will see an exhibition of projects designed by international names in architecture as well as realisations that will be flanked by meetings, side projects, in-depth conferences and readings.
Among the main novelties of the 5th edition is also a CALL TO ACTION launched by the curators and addressed to designers (architects registered with the Professional Register) and university students who have designed or realised works pertaining to the six research sections identified in relation to the main theme (Housing, Public Spaces and Social Connection Structures, Art and Culture, Care, Schools, Sport).
Among the main events, which will take place during the two weeks of the Biennial, there will be the awarding of two prizes: Premio Città di Pisa per la Qualità Urbana 2023 (City of Pisa Prize for Urban Quality 2023) awarded by LP and dedicated to those who, throughout their careers, have contributed with their constant intellectual and design activity to the diffusion of architecture as a primary value, and Premio Biennale di Pisa 2023 awarded by the members of the Scientific Committee and dedicated to those among the designers on show, who have most represented with their works the theme of the 5th edition of the Biennale.
Other top events will be the three lectio magistralis by Elisabetta Trezzani of the RPBW Renzo Piano Buiding Workshop Studio, by Benedetta Tagliabue - EMBT and by Jette Hopp for the Snohetta studio, three of the most important architecture studios in the world.
The group of designers who have generously accepted to take part in this fifth edition dedicated to social issues will therefore be over 50 and will exhibit in the various pavilions; some of the most significant projects in Italy and Europe will be on show, including those of the Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Snohetta, Benedetta Tagliabue - EMBT, Vasquez Consuegra, MBM arquitectes, Hawkins and Brown, Atelier Alfonso Femia, Alvisi and Kirimoto.
The exhibition itinerary of the biennial, organised in thematic sections, will take place in the exhibition pavilions overlooking the Arno River (Arsenali Repubblicani, Bastione Sangallo, Fortilizio Torre Guelfa, Scala sopra le Logge, Logge di Banchi, Palazzo Lanfranchi) while meetings and conferences will be held in other specially dedicated spaces.
Another leading event particularly felt by the curators will be the exhibition on Giovanni Michelucci (at the Fortilizio) and his contribution - thanks to his marked sensitivity as an architect and as a man - on the very topics dealt with by the biennial, retracing in the exhibition some of his most significant projects and adhering to the theme of the shared city.
Focus on Marina di Pisa and Tirrenia
LP and the Città Laboratorio group every edition of the architecture biennial enriches the paper, presented during the G124 Renzo Piano in Pisa in October 2022, with an in-depth study on a district of the city, outlining some possible actions and proposing feasibility indications, useful for the wellbeing of the community. In this fifth edition, the working group will produce a general study on Marina di Pisa and the centre of Tirrenia. The Charter of Possible Actions will also be updated with ongoing projects and realisations of public character and use, thus producing a consultable and updated document available to the community in order to have an easily comprehensible overview of the city of Pisa.
Admission to the exhibition halls and conferences will be free of charge in order to encourage maximum participation, not only of professionals.