The designers and curators of the Venice Architectural Biennale’s first Philippine Pavilion will be discussing the concept, design, and works created for and found in “Muhon: Traces of an Adolescent City” on October 8 in a public lecture for the Ayala Museum’s Design Talks series.
Muhon was the Philippine Pavilion at the Architectural Biennale participated in by 61 countries, and held in Venice from May to November this year. This is the first time that the Philippines participated in the world-renowned architecture biennale.
Leandro “Andy” Locsin, Jr., curator of the Philippine Pavilion, will be joined by his curatorial team composed of Architect Sudar Khadka Jr. and Architect Juan Paolo dela Cruz, who are also Locsin’s colleagues in the Leandro V. Locsin Partners (LVLP) firm. This Design Talks lecture will walk audiences through the three sections of Muhon which feature sculptural and multimedia works and re-interpretations of iconic Metro Manila buildings, landmarks, districts, and urban features by some of the Philippines’ distinguished architects and contemporary artists today.
The works and exhibition design seeks to spark discussions and invite audiences to ponder on issues surrounding architectural heritage within the context of a rapidly growing city, particularly our collective disregard for its importance, sustainability, and preservation. “Muhon” also re-imagines sites where iconic Manila landmarks are or were once situated as dynamic urban spaces, inviting us to reflect on the roles that architectural heritage and cultural identity play in the larger agenda of urban development.
Design talks is at 3 p.m. on October 8 at the Ayala Museum ground floor lobby. Tickets are at P225. Senior citizen and student discounts apply. ***