Every year our project is enhanced by a series of videos which delve into our values. Meet our team and hear more about our projects in Venice. Find out how our exhibitions and activities have developed through the years and what happens behind the scenes at the European Cultural Centre. This is a selection focusing on ECC’s architecture exhibition Time Space Existence. For the video collection about our art biennial Personal Structures and other events, you can visit our YouTube Channel.
Norman Foster Foundation, Alberto Cendoya and Diego Lopez
Alberto Cendoya and Diego Lopez from the Norman Foster Foundation talk about the Essential Homes Research Project, presented in partnership with Holcim at Marinaressa Gardens and Palazzo Bembo in Venice.
MIT, Sarah Williams
Sarah Williams, Associate Professor of Technology and Urban Planning at MIT, talks about 'Distance Unknown', a data-based exhibition on hunger and migration presented at Palazzo Bembo in collaboration with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).
Talking with Eckhard Gerber about the "Context, Architecture and Landscape" exhibition in the historical venue of Palazzo Bembo.
Adrian Parr, Curator of the project and Dean of the College of Design at the University of Oregon, brings transpecies design to Palazzo Bembo, challenging designers to build environments that can help the flourishing of a variety of species and not only human species.
Reconceptualizing Uban Housing
Check out the latest captivating interview featuring Heather Dubbeldam and her collaborators as they discuss their participation alongside eight other architectural practices from across the globe, all dedicated to creating exceptionally livable housing solutions.
RIWAQ Centre, Iyad Issa
In this interview we are talking with Iyad Issa, RIWAQ Centre Architect and curator of the exhibition Engaged Margins, showcased in Time Space Existence.
Peter Clewes and Julia Di Castri talks about the installation The Weight, showcased in Palazzo Mora, which investigates the Leslie Street Spit, a unique site of constructed nature on Toronto’s waterfront.
Dive into the interview with the Mexican artist Pedro Friedenberg and his curator Alejandro Sordo. Against the backdrop of rigid and boring architecture, "Hipnerotópolis. The city of love and dreams" challenges the status quo by embracing the surreal and unconventional.
Time Space Existence exhibitions
Exhibitors Talk About Their Projects
Discover more about striking projects showcased in Time Space Existence from the Norman Foster Foundation, Snøhetta, and MIT, and others.
Explore the Exhibition
The European Cultural Centre (ECC) presents the sixth edition of Time Space Existence, the biennial architecture exhibition that was open from the the 20th of May until the 26th of November, 2023, in the heart of Venice.
Exhibition Now Open
The European Cultural Centre is pleased to present the sixth edition of the architecture exhibition Time Space Existence. This year the group show stands on the notion that our home, our surroundings, and our planet are under pressure, urging us to work together to explore a sustainable way forward.
A Glimpse of the Set-up
The extensive architecture exhibition Time Space Existence features a wide selection of architects, design studios, artists, and universities working around the theme of a new sustainable future. Here is a glimpse of the set-up, during which the ECC team members and collaborators turned exhibitors' innovative ideas into tangible, customised, and inspiring solutions.
Sneak Peek Behind the Scenes
Check out some behind-the-scenes clips from the making-of Time Space Existence 2023. The exhibition is open from the 20th of May until the 26th of November, 2023, in Venice, Italy. Every year the ECC organising and set-up teams work closely with exhibitors and partners to make sure to bring their innovative ideas and proposals to life, with the aim to create inspiring and stimulating displays.
Looking at the Fifth Edition of Time Space Existence
The ECC Team talks about the fifth edition of Time Space Existence, how the project started years ago as well as what are its main aim and values. Every two years architects, academics and creative professionals gather in Venice to showcase current developments and ideas on the status of architecture today.
Time Space Existence 2021
The European Cultural Centre (ECC) presents the fifth edition of Time Space Existence, the biennial architecture exhibition that was open from the 22nd of May and run until the 21st of November, 2021, in the heart of Venice.
Time Space Existence 2018
The European Cultural Centre (ECC) presents the fourth edition of Time Space Existence. By bringing together a diverse group of participants the exhibition was a stage for exchange and dialogue among professionals.
Time Space Existence Interview Series
Adèle Naudé Santos | Time Space Existence Interview Series
In this insightful interview with renowned architect Adèle Naudé Santos, we delve into her unique approach to design, which starts with the concept of human experience as the key to the whole thing. Santos shares her method for planning spaces and creating starting from the narrative mapping technique.
Arata Isozaki | Time Space Existence Interview Series
PLANE—SITE met with Japanese architect Arata Isozaki to have a conversation and explore the topics of time, space, and existence in architecture. Isozaki discusses his philosophy on architecture as it relates to space, as well as his intention to never fall into one specific style of design, but create different and unique styles for each distinct environment.
Bjarke Ingels | Time Space Existence Interview Series
Named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME Magazine in 2016, Bjarke Ingels defines architecture as the art and science of making sure our cities and buildings fit with the way we want to live our lives.
Tatiana Bilbao | Time Space Existence Interview Series
PLANE—SITE visited the offices of Mexican architect Tatiana Bilbao, Tatiana Bilbao Estudio, for a captivating discussion regarding her outlook as a builder and designer. She explains her studio’s emphasis on practicality before beauty and serving the needs of people rather than just exploring the artistic interests of the architect.
Ricardo Bofill Leví | Time Space Existence Interview Series
“The most important part of the relationship with architecture is the capacity for generosity. The relationship exists, love exists, as one builds oneself, as one is stronger, as one has more capacity to give to others” says Ricardo Bofill Leví.
Odile Decq | Time Space Existence Interview Series
French architect Odile Decq is an unmistakable icon of architecture and contemporary design. In this new short film, Decq places her practice into the context of the revolutionary spirit of the 1960s, talks about cultivating a design approach while waiting for the critical acclaim awarded to male designers, and advocates for boldness and personality from today’s generation of emerging architects.
Kengo Kuma | Time Space Existence Interview Series
Kengo Kuma & Associates discuss the topics of time, space, and existence as they relate to architecture with the eponymous architect. Kuma speaks on the humility architects require and his firm’s design philosophy of creating human, natural spaces by blending architecture and nature.
Curtis Fentress | Time Space Existence Interview Series
Drawing from his wealth of experience in public architecture, the architect Curtis W. Fentress behind Los Angeles International Airport and Denver International Airport, reveals the intricacies involved in creating spaces within highly constrained environments that must respond to heavy traffic and global travel, as well as ever-changing technological and environmental conditions.
Peter Eisenman | Time Space Existence Interview Series
Theory, practice, and education form the backbone of Peter Eisenman’s work. Known for his at times controversial contributions to high modernism and constructivism, the member of the New York Five reflects on the conceptual nature of his architecture, the paradigm shifts of our time, and the issues of architectural education today.
Meinhard von Gerkan | Time Space Existence Interview Series
The founding partner of gmp Arkitekten, von Gerkan expands on the history and pedagogy of the Academy for Achitectural Culture (AAC), focusing on its role in training the next generation of highly qualified young architects. Highlighting the importance of architectural education, he elaborates on his own journey towards a refined contemporary notion of simplicity in architecture.
Denise Scott Brown | Time Space Existence Interview Series
The co-author of the seminal Learning from Las Vegas talks about her legendary career, the role of photography in her practice, her lifelong campaign for equal treatment of women in the field, and her current role as an “architectural grandmother” to young design students. Looking forward, she insists that architects ought to be keenly aware of their place in time.
Richard Hassell & Wong Mun Sumn | Time Space Existence Interview Series
The tropical megacity demands an imaginative rethinking of the way we build and live. Richard Hassell and Wong Munn Summ, the visionaries behind WOHA, argue that the way forward is skyward—with a Garden City populated by vertical, hyperdense structures. As they share experiences and strategies from recent projects, a greener, more biophilic urban landscape takes shape.
Richard Meier | Time Space Existence Interview Series
Richard Meier’s oeuvre is known for bold, geometric buildings cast in luminous white, a colour he believes enhances nature and refracts the world. In this new short video, Meier discusses his first ever black building, 685 First Avenue in New York, as well as his love for designing museums.
Toshiko Mori | Time Space Existence Interview Series
Acclaimed Japanese architect and former chair of architecture at Harvard University GSD, Toshiki Mori has built a career on technical research, experimental design, and pedagogical practice. In this video Mori discusses the importance of drawing as a visual mode of communication and how to engage the past in architectural dialogue.
Balkrishna Doshi | Time Space Existence Interview Series
Over six decades, Pritzker Prize-winning architect Balkrishna Doshi has created a body of work lauded for its poetics, purpose, and deep appreciation of material context. In a new video, produced in the run-up to the 2020 edition of the Time Space Existence biennial exhibition, Doshi reflects on the personal and environmental implications of the home.
Daniel Liebskind | Time Space Existence Interview Series
No architect embodies these ideas with greater aplomb than Daniel Libeskind. Working in the spaces of memory, his buildings sketch out disjunctures in the timeline. A new interview offers insight into Libeskind’s body of work and his philosophical understanding of time. He also discusses the power of drawing and his work on the memorial at Ground Zero.
Dirk Hebel | Time Space Existence Interview Series
Dean of Architecture and Professor of Sustainable Construction at the Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, Dirk E. Hebel focuses on sustainable architecture practices that allow for building and developing structures that respect the environment surrounding it.
Fumihiko Maki | Time Space Existence Interview Series
PLANE—SITE travelled to the Tokyo offices of Maki and Associates to gain the famous minimalist architect’s perspective on the topics of time, space, and existence. Maki aims for a return of humanity to architecture and creating spaces that people can enjoy.
Moshe Safdie | Time Space Existence Interview Series
After half a century working in architecture, Moshe Safdie remains one of the world’s most influential modernists. Winner of the prestigious AIA Gold Medal, Safdie is known for his environmentally-ambitious projects and bold forms. In this video, Safdie ponders on his own legacy and that of his Habitat 67, the designs that will never be built, and what he believes has made his work so timeless.
Joseph Kosuth | Time Space Existence Interview Series
Known for his playful use of language, Joseph Kosuth has always been interested in what lies outside of the frame of a work — often spilling out into rooms and buildings. In this video he discusses his relationship with architecture and the responsibility of the artist to work against the market.
Lawrence Weiner | Time Space Existence Interview Series
American conceptual artist Lawrence Weiner is known for his language-based sculpture and work exploring the relationship between art, artist, and viewer. In this new short film he discusses the relationship between people and material objects, language as a gesture, and making art accessible to the public.