Víctor Muñoz Sanz MAUD ’11 has been chosen to exhibit at the Dutch Pavilion during the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. His project, titled “Automated Landscapes,” was created with Marten Kuijpers, and explores contemporary office spaces resulting from the “architecture of full automation” happening now in the Netherlands. The project brief states:

“More than forty years after Constant’s New Babylon, the architecture of full automation is currently being implemented across the Netherlands, from the country’s main port in Rotterdam to its productive hinterlands. If in New Babylon there was only play, the territory of the Netherlands could be seen as its counterpart: a productive Cartesian landscape, designed for unprecedented efficiency. Behind this apparent banality, a machinic, data-filled beauty reveals itself—but only on screens in the control rooms inside the contemporary office, from where automated spaces are controlled and monitored.”

This year’s Dutch Pavilion, titled WORK, BODY, LEISURE, addresses the “spatial configurations, modes of living, and notions of the human body engendered by disruptive changes in labor ethos and conditions,” according to its website. It was commissioned by Het Nieuwe Instituut and curated by Marina Otero Verzier. On view through November 25, 2018.

Image courtsey of the Het Nieuwe Instituut.