French Pavilion in Venice by Dominique Perrault Explores the Metropolis

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VENICE.- Obviously, unceasing transformation of urban territories has considerably altered the perception and the reality of the city envisaged as a unified urban entity of defined space and built form. The new, increasingly complex, disjointed, splintered and polluted urban territories we see today are a succession of solids and voids. The metropolis, in contrast to the city considered as a single physical mass, is precisely what the city has rejected, expelled outside of and beyond itself. With the “METROPOLIS ?” exhibition architect and urbanist Dominique Perrault, chief curator and producer of the French Pavilion, explores this concept of VOID envisaged as a material for protecting, restructuring and building the metropolis. Out of the dialectic between the solid and the void an alternation emerges, less decisive than it appears, given how obviously voids unite as much as they separate. The aim and the ambition of “METROPOLIS ?” are to take up the challen