richard goodwin puts black dots on vacant buildings in venice
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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
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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.


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richard goodwin adjusting a black dot
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richard goodwin affixing a black dot to masonry wall along one of venice’s canals
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embarking upon a venetian adventure with ricahrd goodwin on a taxi ride through the canals
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the water taxi docks at the new wharf to conclude the journey at the australian pavilion
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a 9 meter tower was constructed opposite the pavilion as the starting point for the zip-line
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richard goodwin zip-lines into the australian pavilion at the venice biennale
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arriving at the journey’s end point, a skylight is transformed into a new entry into the pavilion
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