UNCERTAINTY | n´UNDO at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2021


Location: Venice, Italy

Year: 2021

Frame:  Venice arquitectura Biennale

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The Anthropocene could be defined as the era of uncertainty, of the new liquid society-modernity. For the first time the human being, above Nature, is capable of altering the Planet; directly and indirectly, consciously and dangerously unconsciously.


These metamorphoses never experienced before, generate changes that are often unexpected and unpredictable: uncontrolled. This scenario moves at great speed, the digital tool, which generates changes and alterations with an almost continuous frequency, making predictions, models and visions useless.


This lack of almost absolute certainty of the future incorporates two other factors into the equation: time and limit.


Time understood as material, a material to build proposals and actions that forces us to forget the perfect, the closed, the finished. Everything finished is diluted in the uncertainty that makes it obsolete every second. The material-time destroys the object, important and understood as that platonic desire for the absolute, for the kingdom of the gods, for the dream of the creator. Therefore, there is no perfect architecture, the eternal work that stands firm against the storms of the world; but the process that turns the architectural into what it needs to be at every moment, at every mutation. Uncertainty turns architecture into a continuous tide of opportunities to think about what is essential next, dream of the desirable utopia, and program proximity in a flexible process of comings and goings that self-adjusts the necessary response to the precise moment. Different tools for unprecedented processes and scenarios.


The space of this new era, of this new reality in which certainties no longer hold us to the world, is the limes, that boundary and border condition that constitutes our sign of identity, where take places the discoveries of the unknown and the exchange between this and that, between what is and what will be or could have been; the territory where architecture needs to navigate to find that new architecture of the unknown to come. The limit is always the space of research, of the expedition, the place between nature and the world; that space that according to Eugenio Trías constitutes our own condition and must therefore constitute that of our own architecture. A dynamic path that must be traced according to our uncertain itinerary, in an open and adaptable process that allows the flexibility of transformation and the reuse of what is possible.


The limit is nothing but the void yet to be defined, where everything can happen and transformation processes can be continuous if they need to be.