Open for Maintenance intends to make visible work processes, spatial and social care hidden from the public eye. To demonstrate the correlation between ecological sustainability and social issues

The curatorial team of the German Pavilion settles in the spaces without dismantling Relocating a Structure, the work by Maria Eichhorn created for the Biennale Arte 2022 (ne we talked here).

A choice aimed at emphasizing the theoretical, practical and economic aspects of sustainability and a method which for the first time connects the Biennale Arte with the Biennale Architettura.

The result is an exhibition created entirely with material left over from last year's Biennale. Open for Maintenance creatively addresses the waste that each installation leaves behind.

The practice-oriented approach of the contribution by those who dismantle old installations opens up interesting modes of action and alternative design possibilities for architecture, participating in its social renewal.

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Pavilion occupied for maintenance

The concept of occupation underpinned by the German Pavilion project draws attention to contemporary debates on existing building stock in the context of sustainability and resource conservation.

Between the 1970s and 1980s the social practice of maintaining the urban fabric by the squatter movement in Berlin made an important contribution to the development of a more cautious approach to urban renewal.

A precedent that demonstrates that ecological sustainability is connected with the social question

German Pavilion, Biennale 2023, in brief

• Title: Open for Maintenance – Wegen Umbau geöffnet
• Curators: ARCH+ / SUMMACUMFEMMER / BÜRO JULIANE GREB (Anne Femmer, Franziska Gödicke, Juliane Greb, Christian Hiller, Petter Krag, Melissa Makele, Anh-Linh Ngo, Florian Summa)
• Commissioner: Federal Ministry for Housing, Urban Development and Building
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