The Luxembourg contribution to the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia pursues the idea of what room for manoeuvre will open up when architecture, in defiance of market logic, refocuses on its creative power and social ambition so as to give the public as much access as possible to the limited land resources and thereby to allow communal use of them. The curators make best use of the move of the pavilion into the new exhibition hall in the Arsenale to boost the wealth of ideas from recent architectural history in a unique and surprising overview and to develop its own first experimentations together with research units from the young Luxembourg University. Against the alarming backdrop that in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg today 92% of constructible land that is in private hands, « The Architecture of the Common Ground » puts forward a clear statement that does not mean to deliver universal answers but to show to what extent architects may conceptually react to the privatisation of land.
LUCA Luxembourg Center for Architecture
Master in Architecture / University of Luxembourg, Florian Hertweck
LUCA Luxembourg Center for Architecture, Andrea Rumpf
Thomas Mayfried & Swantje Grundler
Ministry of Culture
LUCA Luxembourg Center for Architecture: Stéphanie Baustert, Bastien Fréard, Lili Krack, Pascale Kauffman, Thomas Miller
Master in Architecture, European Urbanisation, Globalisation -University of Luxembourg: Marielle Ferreira Silva, Markus Hesse, Nikos Katsikis, Christoph Odenbreit, Carole Schmit, Christian Schulz, Sara Volterrani, lvonne Weichold
lnstitute of Civil Engineering and Environment: Research project «Eco-Construction of Sustainable development»: Danièle Waldmann
Luxembourg lnstitute of SocioEconomic Research: Julien Licheron, Antoine Décoville, Valérie Feltgen, Olivier Klein
Coordination in Venice:
Alain Guiheux, Dirk Lohr, Christine Muller, Anh-Linh Ngo, Véronique Patteeuw, Beatriz Ramo, Nico Steinmetz, Frank Vansteenkiste
We especially thank La Biennale di Venezia team for its availability and support in the installation of the Luxembourg Pavilion at the Arsenale.