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The Stadium of Close Looking

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[VENICE BIENNALE 2010] Collaborators: Spazio Legno, specialist gondola builder; Rebiennale, Venice-based collective; Atelier One, structural engineer

The pavilion’s centrepiece is a 1:10 recreation of the London 2012 Olympic Stadium by Team Stadium (a consortium of Buro Happold, Populous and Sir Robert McAlpine).

This nod to the London Olympics doubles as a drawing studio, its ranked seating permitting the sort of close observational drawing Ruskin would approve of and creating a forum for the debate Muf helps engender.

According to Muf, the Stadium of Close Looking plays out late co-founder Katherine Shonfield’s equation, detail/strategy = Detail. It is thus a mode of reflecting critically on existing models of masterplanning. How can detail can inform strategy? What is the relationship between the large-scale, arm’s-length proposals Venice attracts and the value of close looking?

Teachers and pupils from two Venetian schools (San Zaccaria and the Istituto Comprensivo Dante Alighieri) will be invited to attend drawing lessons and the first Venice Big Draw - the event founded on the 100th anniversary of Ruskin’s death to honour his commitment to drawing.

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