CSA goes Venice
Biennale Architettura 2021

UCA Canterbury School of Architecture will have several representatives at this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale. Anna Wakeford Holder, Carlotta Novella, Hester Buck, and Andy Belfield exhibit at the British Pavilion. Gabor Stark and Emilio Koutsoftides contribute to the Cyprus Pavilion.

The Garden of Privatised Delights
Curated by Manijeh Verghese and Madeleine Kessler

High Street of Exchanges
by Studio Polpo

Senior Lecturer Dr. Anna Wakeford Holder is part of the social enterprise architecture practice Studio Polpo, who are exhibiting the High Street of Exchanges, exploring how social spaces and exchanges are accommodated within and alongside retail units and commercial transactions. High Street of Exchanges draws on theories of diverse economies and social infrastructures to evoke and question everyday places and practices of the city, within a wider exhibition presenting debates around the privatisation of public space, entitled ‘The Garden of Privatised Delights’ at the British Pavilion.

Ministry of Common Land
by public works

As part of the not-for-profit critical design practice public works, Associate Lecturers Carlotta Novella, Hester Buck and Andy Belfield present the Ministry of Common Land. Raising our awareness of how public land being sold off by the government into the private sector, theys share their expertise on how we can protect our Common Land for now and the future. Could we use citizen assemblies to develop new strategies for land ownership and use?

Anachoresis: Upon Inhabiting Distances
Curated by Marina Christodoulidou, Era Savvides, Evagoras Vanezis and Nasios Varnavas

Peripatetic Landscapes
by Gabor Stark & Emilio Koutsoftides

Senior Lecturer Gabor Stark and UCA alumnus Emilio Koutsoftides exhibit at the Cyprus Pavilion. Entitled Anachoresis: Upon Inhabiting Distances, the Cyprus contribution to the Biennale looks into the spatial experiences that occur when distancing becomes a paradigm for the development of new socialites. Gabor and Emilio address these themes through the use of material and sound sampling. Their sound sculpture Peripatetic Landscapes presents an audio-physical double portrait that combines 1:1 casts of a Cypriot landscape with the transmission of field recordings of the same location.


‘How will we live together?’
Curated by Hashim Sarkis
22 May – 21 November 2021