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“Common Ground” is the theme of the Venice Biennale, as curated by David Chipperfield and it is based on the notion that contemporary architecture isn’t a purely independent individual creation – it is, in fact, a constant appropriation of historic lineages of collective research. Zaha Hadid Architects can be described as such, considering their early work was inspired by the geometric forms of Russian Suprematism. For the Venice Biennale, Zaha Hadid chose a different strand of research, which allowed for a more organic route to be taken, transpiring, perhaps, a more “earthy” and naturally elegant interpretation of the theme “Common Ground”. Their work, based on pioneers like Frei Otto, evolved on the basis of algorithmic form generation – simply, the most efficient and rational way to produce the most elegant designs on the basis of material-structural form-finding processes.
The result? The integration of complex light-weight shells in combination with tensile structures, resulting in the pleated metal look seen on the Arum installation.
“From Frei Otto we learned how the richness, organic coherence and fluidity of the forms and spaces we desire could emerge rationally from an intricate balance of forces. We expanded Frei Otto’s method to include environmental as well as structural logics, and we moved from material to computational simulations.” Zaha Hadid Architects
The 13th international biennale event is entitled “Common Ground” and will run from 29th of august through 25th November 2012, in Venice, Italy.