The role of architectural exhibitions on contemporary architectural and design practice and discourse

This research investigates architectural exhibitions that explore heritage and preservation to make them present within contemporary practices and audiences or have contributed to the creation of heritage. It focuses on the Venice Biennale of Architecture, the Triennale Milano, and the MPavilion. They host architectural exhibitions in/as pavilions situated on sites where heritage and preservation issues create a significant contextual influence. However, heritage concerns within these case studies are not only addressed through exhibitions and following programs. The pavilions themselves are architectural structures that remain present in the city and continue to engage with it. Moreover, the conceptual understandings of heritage that differ in Europe and Australia affect temporary or permanent pavilion dynamics and influence the cultural and political landscapes shaping the chosen case studies.

The research brings together historical and practice-based methodologies. It traces preservation, heritage, exhibition and pavilion concepts, and histories of the case studies through interviews with associated experts, diagramming, and creating exhibition proposals. It aims to discover whether interventions of architectural exhibitions in/with/as pavilions focused on heritage questions can be a form of (experimental) heritage practice.





Milica Bozic

Research Host

Polytechnic University of Milan (POLIMI)

PhD awarding institution/s

Polytechnic University of Milan (POLIMI) & RMIT University


Mian (Italy)


RMIT and many of the REDI partners are HSR4R certified

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 101034328.

Results reflect the author’s view only. The European Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains

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