With more than 260,000 visitors, the Venice Architecture Biennale is without doubt one of the most prestigious events in the field of architecture and urban planning, for professionals and researchers, critics and journalists, as well as for amateurs and actors in the economy, building owners and political decision makers. The 15th Venice Architecture Biennale took place from May 28 to November 27, 2016. For the Luxembourg pavilion, the exhibition “Tracing Transitions” was created by Claude Ballini (BPAU), Serge Ecker (BPAU), Daniel Grünkranz (Form Society) and Panajota Panotopoulou (Form Society).
Housing, lack of living space and socially sustainable housing are fundamental issues today. In Luxembourg, the price of real estate and the constant growth of the population are the subject of much discussion.
The exhibition addresses these topics and describes the current situation in Luxembourg through a spatial installation that represents the themes of housing, residential production, prospective visions of social sustainability and the improvement of living conditions. The architectural examples are designed on the basis of the current social, political and civil situation in Luxembourg.
A variety of media were used in the exhibition to deliver diverse content. New approaches in the field of photo reporting have played an important role. For example, 3D landscape scans are becoming a new way to map and document spatial situations.
Innovative concepts, draft ideas and projects emerged during this exhibition. All these elements illustrate the current reality and initiate a change within the sector.