In 2018, we launched a Bamboo-Textile Architecture Initiative by building a light and portable majlis in two continents simultaneously. Simón Vélez and Stefana Simić designed the bamboo frame in Colombia, while Ahmed Chmiti and his Boujad Tribe cooperative hand-wove its woolen roof and walls in Morocco.
At the Abbey of San Giorgio Maggiore we are collaborating with Todd Longstaffe-Gowan to surround this place of council (from the Arabic: مجلس, majlis) with wildflowers from the region.
These elements meet for the first time at the opening of the 17th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice. The Majlis will be used as a space for coming together, reflecting and discussing the theme given by curator Hashim Sarkis:
As the world faces an array of societal, ecological and cultural crises in a post-pandemic reality, the Majlis will provide a platform for finding solutions through discussion, symposia, education, storytelling and music.
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