richard goodwin puts black dots on vacant buildings in venice richard goodwin puts black dots on vacant buildings in venice
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.

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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

  • way cool T-shirt

    dbkii says:
  • can cut a black hole into

    s. h. a. w. says:
  • Yes, way cool t-shirt with the black dot.
    Not the most wise choice when one has spent so much time drawing attention to the definition of the Black Dot.
    He has brought attention to himself, as he wanted and apparently needed, while he quite deftly defined himself as being – – – VACANT.

    rcvs1 says:
  • it is a good thing to make better use of the oldies

    !emalosho says:
  • \”richard goodwin puts black dots on vacant buildings in venice\”…well done. I paticularly like the photos showing the process of \”installing\” a black dot

    ha says:

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