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NL Architects at Venice Biennale

By: Pearl - Published: Sep 14, 2008 • References: nlarchitects.nl and dezeen
Dutch Architects, NL will be exhibiting their vision of virtual architecture at the 11th International Architecture Exhibition (Venice Biennale) “Out There: Architecture Beyond Building” in the Italian Pavilion.

True to the theme, they have many images of architectural fantasies which reflect on today’s realities. Often we under use product capacities so a highway that resembles a roller coaster which will require vehicular speeds exceeding 200 km/h. The picture of towers represents the unused office space in the major capitals of Europe - 18 square km or the equivalent of 50 twin towers.

With crowded sky ways, perhaps planes should fly more efficiently, like birds in a vee-formation? What about the plastic trash piling up in the oceans as garbage icebergs (trashbergs)? The Dutch call wind turbines “pollution of the horizon” so they could be designed with a more aesthetic feel? Wind turbines that resemble flowers?

Their “Google Forest” showing a satellite view of a coastline brings attention to the rising oceans and loss of land.

Last but not least, the architects wonder if the reverse could happen where cities are transported onto cruise ships.