Faculty Exhibitions & Projects

Roberto Fazio Develops Software for Lebanese Pavilion at Venice Architecture Biennale

SACI instructor Roberto Fazio develops software for the Lebanese Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale.

Studio Roberto Fazio, led by Roberto Fazio, SACI Interactive Art & Design Instructor, has developed custom software for the Lebanese Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. The presented project, “The Place that Remains,” marks the first time Lebanon has participated in the Venice Architecture Biennale.

Developed by curator Hala Younes, Assistant Professor of Architecture at the Lebanese American University (LAU), “The Place that Remains” is a reflection of the unexpressed potential of the Lebanese territory. The objective of the exhibition is to form an alternative presentation of the urban reality through the identification of untouched areas.

For the exhibition, Studio Roberto Fazio developed custom software that operates 6 video projections and implements warping and edge blending at a resolution of 7200 x 1200 pixels. The software was realized in openframeworks C++ on the operating system Linux Ubuntu using only one PC and two NVIDIA GTX 1070 Drivers.

Lebanon is a small, densely populated country with political instability, located at the center of a region plagued by conflicts. Due to the effects of globalization and the refugee crisis, the nation is facing aggressive and widespread urban sprawl. By identifying the ‘unbuilt’ instead of pinpointing the driving forces of that sprawl, "The Place that Remains" aims to shed light on the logic of inertia and resistance that may channel or divert it.

“The purpose of the exhibition is to spread knowledge and awareness about the territorial challenges in Lebanese society. Because our heritage is not only architectural but lies also in geography and landscape.” - Hala Younes, Curator

Learn more about the exhibition.

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