Circular Design – Session at Biennale Venice

Circular Design

Session at the International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia


10.6.2023, Arsenale, Sale d'Armi G, 14:30


The session at Biennale Venice discusses innovative research on the topics of circularity, recycling, and reuse in an architectural and urban dimension, as international exchange between the Territorial Design group (Leibniz University Hannover) and Hub for Heritage and Habitat (Marche Polytechnic University). Furthermore, videos are presented that students of both universities produced in a workshop in Venice, about “Venetians of the Future”, experimenting with film as performative research tool.


The Venice Architecture Biennale is a global hotspot to grap, discuss and exchange about ideas for architecture and the city. The edition of 2023, curated by Lesley Lokko addresses the topic of THE LABORATORY OF THE FUTURE and AGENTS OF CHANGE. Lokko highlights the questions of production, resources and representation as central to the way an architecture exhibition comes into the world, which can be extended to the way architecture itself comes to the world.


„Ventians of the future“ wants to explore spatial agency linked to new circular approaches, exploring, finding, interpreting spaces and buildings in the city of Venice, through analysis, writing and film. Circularity, in a material as well as immaterial sense, connects a focus on resources and urban materiality with cultural, social, and economic innovation, and with the narratives to activate, steer, and carry agency of change. Thus, circular design is explored in methodological approaches, conceptual ideas, metaphors, and stories, reflecting on and proposing ideas for dealing with climate change.


Organised by Territorial Design at the Institute of Urban Design and Planning (Leibniz University Hannover) and by DICEA Department of Construction, Civil Engineering and Architecture (Marche Polytechnic University).


Curated by Jörg Schröder (LUH), Riccarda Cappeller (LUH), and Maddalena Ferretti (UnivPM).


Contributions by: Paolo Bonvini, Christian Corral, Alissa Diesch, Andresa Ledo Marques, Simone Leoni, Ludovica Marconi, Martina Massari, Claudia Massioni, Leonardo Moretti, Federica Scaffidi, Luciana Varanda, Rebekka Wandt.