richard goodwin puts black dots on vacant buildings in venice
original content
sep 05, 2012
richard goodwin puts black dots on vacant buildings in venice

a single black dot identifies buildings available for illegal squatting in venice
image © designboom

as part of the australian pavilion at the 2102 venice architecture biennale, sydney-based artist richard goodwin has conceived
an installation which integrates the urban fabric of venice, only accessible to visitors via a taxi boat ride during the opening days
of the international architecture exhibition. designboom joined the on-water excursion hosted by goodwin, which stopped at
uninhabited buildings of the city to identify their availability for illegal squatting by marking the vacant structures with black dots
placed upon their exterior. the act is encouraged due to its positive contributions to renew dying areas of cities,
since merely occupying is a proven historical pre-cursor to revival. the goal of the initiative is to instill within architects the benefit
to communities by acting independently of clients and inventing projects. simple actions can interrogate and commence a process of questioning.

a final statement to the experience is made by docking at a new wharf opposite the pavilion and taking a zip-line across the canal
to the rooftop of the australian pavilion. permission was granted to construct a 9 meter tower for the starting point and a hole was installed in place
of a previous skylight for an entry at the end of the elevated journey.

image © designboom

image © designboom

image © designboom

image © designboom

image © designboom

richard goodwin adjusting a black dot
images © designboom

richard goodwin affixing a black dot to masonry wall along one of venice’s canals
image © designboom

embarking upon a venetian adventure with ricahrd goodwin on a taxi ride through the canals
image © designboom

the water taxi docks at the new wharf to conclude the journey at the australian pavilion
image © designboom

a 9 meter tower was constructed opposite the pavilion as the starting point for the zip-line
image © john gollings

richard goodwin zip-lines into the australian pavilion at the venice biennale
image © designboom

arriving at the journey’s end point, a skylight is transformed into a new entry into the pavilion
image © designboom

comments policy
login with designboom
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

product library