Expanding Space: Out of the Centre

Expanding Space is a large-scale continuation of the V–A–C project of the same name in 2015-16, whereby contemporary artists developed works for the urban environment, producing pieces from scaffolding to street signs and metro station installations. This time round, selected artists are working further afield on the outskirts of the city, with a variety of local institutions and associations including libraries, cinemas, chess clubs, public squares and houses of culture, in order to get to know these communities and create new cultural opportunities.

The main goal of ‘Expanding Space: Out of the Centre’ is to broaden the focus of existing local activities towards more open and social participative practices as well as exploring their potential and meaning within the local context. V–A–C will run seven programmes over several months, which will see musicians, theatre directors, filmmakers and performers work together with residents of the different Moscow districts.

Website of the project (Russian only)

Non-Extractive
Architecture

Platform

An exhibition, research residency and conference series curated by Joseph Grima and Space Caviar

V–A–C Zattere, Venice

March 2021 – January 2022

Non-Extractive Architecture will transform Palazzo delle Zattere into a live research platform focused on rethinking the balance between the built and natural environments, the role of technology and politics in future material economies, and the responsibility of the architect as an agent of transformation.

Space Caviar, Non-Extractive Architecture

The project sets out to examine — and redefine — the public’s expectations of the architect and architects’ expectations of themselves. What if architecture were understood first and foremost as a form of husbandry of the built and natural environments? What if we redesigned our economies to favour integration, circularity durability and social resilience through the towns and cities we build? What if the material supply chains behind environments we inhabit were visible and participatory rather than invisible and often exploitative? Non-Extractive Architecture will engage individuals within and outside the field of architecture to create an open platform through which the current role of architecture can be debated, and new paths can be defined to leverage its potential as a positive force in shaping the future of the landscape.

Press Release ENG [.pdf]

Space Caviar is an architecture and research studio operating at the intersection of design, technology, politics and the public realm. Founded in 2013 by Joseph Grima and Tamar Shafrir, the office uses built work, exhibitions, publishing, writing and film to investigate and document contemporary modes of habitation and the spatialisation of social and political practice.

Non-Extractive Architecture: On Designing without Depletion. Space Caviar, V-A-C Zattere / Photo: Marco Cappelletti

Space Caviar’s work has been shown at the Venice Architecture Biennale, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Biennale Interieur, Vitra Design Museum and Nilufar Gallery, among others.

Joseph Grima / Photo: Boudewijn Bollmann
Public Programme

The public programme brings together designers, material specialists, economists and theorists all working on the themes of Non-Extractive Architecture. This programming aims to activate the palazzo, online platform and workshop space through a broadcasting station and publishing initiative.

XYZ CARGO BROADCASTING STATION by N55/ Ion Sørvin and Till Wolfer / Photo: Marco Cappelletti
XYZ CARGO MOBILE LIBRARY by N55/ Ion Sørvin and Till Wolfer / Photo: Marco Cappelletti
XYZ CARGO MOBILE LIBRARY by N55/ Ion Sørvin and Till Wolfer With Non-Extractive Architecture: On Designing without Depletion Vol.1, Space Caviar
XYZ CARGO MOBILE LIBRARY by N55/ Ion Sørvin and Till Wolfer / Photo: Marco Cappelletti
XYZ CARGO PUBLISHING STATION by N55/ Ion Sørvin and Till Wolfer / Photo: Marco Cappelletti
Newsletter

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Non-Extractive Architecture: On Designing without Depletion. Space Caviar, V-A-C Zattere / Photo: Marco Cappelletti
Blog

The blog shares the events, research, conversations and ongoing activity of the residency programme at V-A-C Zattere. Follow for updates from our ten residents as the year-long exhibition expands and grows.

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Exhibition Format Editor

The software developed by F451 (Domitille Debret and Quentin Creuzet) automates the translation of the research conducted in Palazzo delle Zattere into exhibition form, constructing in the process a vocabulary around the concept of non-extractive architecture. The content developed by the research team will be organised and rendered visually by this software, and then printed and hung on the walls of V-A-C Zattere throughout the course of the project.

Exhibition Format Editor

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Archive

An online archive will collect the expanding and ongoing research produced as part of Non-Extractive Architecture: On Designing without Depletion. As the research fills the walls of Palazzo delle Zattere with content, an online archive of this work will grow in parallel. We invite you to join us by contributing to this growing archive of references, case studies, materials and landscapes towards defining non-extractive architecture. The exhibition is intended to be downloadable, printed and widely accessible.

Charlotte Malterre-Barthes, Scales of Extraction, after Morphosis, 2-4-6-8 House Parts drawing. Non-Extractive Architecture: On Designing without Depletion Vol.1, Space Caviar
Book

Non-Extractive Architecture: On Designing without Depletion Vol.1

Non-Extractive Architecture: On Designing without Depletion Vol.1 Edited by Space Caviar Published by V-A-C and Sternberg Press

This illustrated reference handbook sets out to find a new approach to architecture, one based on long-term thinking, material resources and their subsequent landscapes, and the integration of community values into the construction industry. Through a series of essays by architects, geographers, historians, economists, urbanists, and philosophers, Non-Extractive Architecture: On Designing without Depletion Vol.1 explores whether an alternative paradigm in design is possible, and what values it might be founded on.

Edited by Space Caviar with an introduction by Joseph Grima and contributions by Dele Adeyemo, Benjamin Bratton, Stephanie Carlisle, Emanuele Coccia, Keller Easterling, Swarnabh Ghosh, Macarena Gómez-Barris, Phineas Harper, Elsa Hoover, Jane Hutton, Interiors Agency, Elisa Iturbe, Luke Jones, Chiara Di Leone, Armin Linke, Charlotte Malterre-Barthes, Nicholas Pevzner, Maria Smith and Mark Wigley.

Published by V–A–C and Sternberg Press. 2021

You can buy the book here

Press Release [.pdf]

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