Public Drawing Workshop
Summer School “Learning from Vedute in Venice” at the Japan Pavilion

Thirty-seven architecture students from ETH Zurich, University of Tsukuba, and The University of Queensland participated in the Architectural Ethnography Summer School in the Japan Pavilion at the 16th Architecture Biennale in Venice. Through the means of collaborative pencil drawings, the school explored twelve different public spaces in Venice, both at the centre and at the periphery. Views of the city from the fifteenth to the eighteenth century provided the school with a common starting point. Using these references, students surveyed the interrelations between human behaviours and architecture, and between past and present. The result is an urban portrait that reinvents how we imagine Venice by connecting the spaces of tourists with those of locals, and the clashes of modern life with the rites of past centuries. The school was part of the Japan Pavilion at the Venice Biennale curated by Momoyo Kaijima (Atelier Bow-Wow) with Laurent Stalder and Yu Iseki.

The drawings have been displayed at ETH Zurich (gta Foyer HIL building) in the exhibition “12 Views of Venice” alongside photographs of the pavilion and copies of its catalogue, emphasising how the school was an opportunity to learn from the collection on display.

"Relation-ship" by Hiroe Shida, Jeremy Wooldridge, Vivian W.S. Ting

"Mirade of Tourism" by Kaede Sugawara, Jessica Ji, Tanguy Caversaccio

"Ponte di San Lorenzo" by Sofia Ferrari, Genevieve Quinn, Shunya Itoh

"Piazza San Marco" by Ayano Tagami, Georgia Sewell, Niels Galitch

"Ghost of San Lio" by Genta Ishimura, Miyako Someya

"Temporalities at Accademia Bridge" by Miki Obayashi, Jing Wang, Philippe Bleuel

"Campo San Giacomo di Rialto" by Miki Onodera, Nicola White, Rodrigo Mendoza

"Scuola Grande di San Rocco" by Yuma Aki, Lei Jin, Lena Stamm

"Campo Santa Margherita" by Alfred Lee, Yuka Kuboki, Haruka Abe

"Campo Intrecciati" by Miyako Urakawa, John Ferguson, Ellen Marie Reinhard

"Ponte dei Pugni" by Rachel Wong, Hinako Mizuhata, Itaru Matsumoto

"Rio dei Mendicanti" by Sandrine Badoux, Risa Kitagawa, Gordon Macindoe, Nanako Oota

exhibition view "12 Views of Venice" at gta Foyer, HIL

exhibition view "12 Views of Venice" at gta Foyer, HIL

exhibition view "12 Views of Venice" at gta Foyer, HIL

exhibition view "12 Views of Venice" at gta Foyer, HIL

Instructors of the Summer School:
Momoyo Kaijima, with Kazuyoshi Watari and Tamotsu Ito; Laurent Stalder and Andreas Kalpakci; Andrew Wilson

Exhibition “12 Views of Venice” curated by:
Tamotsu Ito and Andreas Kalpakci in collaboration with gta exhibitions