POLIMI-DC2: Exhibitions, mega events and architectural discourse and practice

Supervisors: Associate Prof. Elizabeth Grant (RMIT) and Prof. Annunziata Maria Oteri (POLIMI) and Prof. Maria Cristina Giambruno (POLIMI)

Project 1: The role of architectural exhibitions on contemporary architectural and design practice and discourse.

The research will investigate how the Venice Architecture Biennale (and/or other major architectural exhibitions although preference will be given to candidates examining past or upcoming exhibits within di Architettura di Venezia) impact contemporary architectural practices and discourses. The purpose of the qualitative study is to assess the impact of architectural exhibitions on contemporary architectural practice and discourses across field of architecture. These may include the discourses and changes to design practice in the development of awareness about architecture and Indigenous rights; the role of the architecture discourse on social equity; and sustainability.

Project 2: The relevance of traditional architectural exhibitions in a post-pandemic era

This qualitative research will investigate the impact that ‘traditional’ static architecture exhibitions on audiences, fragile settings, and heritage-rich cities. The candidate will examine the case study of the Venice Architecture Biennale to analyse how the pandemic impacted the Biennale and explore the tangible and intangible effects (on the setting, visitors and inhabitants). The research will examine and analyse the impact of the exhibition in the pre pandemic (potentially examining the impacts and influences on architects and architectural discourse and practice and whether the Venice Architecture Biennale and other traditional architecture exhibitions could take a different form in a postpandemic era.

 

Project 3: Mega-events: Opportunities and risks

Mega-events are ambulatory occasions of a fixed duration that attract (1) a large number of visitors, (2) have a large mediated reach, (3) come with large costs, and (4) have large impacts on the built environment and the population. The research aims at analysing how mega-events can foster local development without impacting fragile settings and historical environments. The research may analyse specific case-studies in Europe, Oceania or Australia and analyse how sites and architectures change due to mega-events and how planning and architecture may address issues of climate change, political, ethnic, social and environmental impacts presented by mega-events. 

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POLIMI-DC2

Research Areas

Architecture, Tangible and intangible cultural heritage

Research Host

Politecnico di Milano (POLIMI)

PhD awarding institution/s

Politecnico di Milano (POLIMI) and RMIT University

Location

Italy

Status

Open Position

RMIT University

Other Positions

Supervisors

Associate Prof. Andrey Molotnikov (RMIT), Professor Dr.-Ing. Thomas Niendorf (UoK), Philipp Krooss (UoK) and Dr. Markus Weinmann (UoK)

PhD awarding institution/s

University of Kassel (UoK) and RMIT University

Location

Germany

Status

Open Position

Supervisors

Prof. Jenny Zhang (RMIT) and Prof. Jose Antonio Vilar-Fernandez (UDC) and José Luis González Leal (Navantia) and Prof. Amparo Alonso-Betanzos (UDC) and Prof. Vicente Díaz-Casas (UDC) and Prof. Marcos Miguez González (UDC)

PhD awarding institution/s

University of A Coruña (UDC) and RMIT University

Location

Spain

Status

Open Position

Supervisors

Prof. Anne-Laure Mention (RMIT) and Associate Prof. Carsten Nico Hjortso (UPCH) and Dr. Marie Smed (UPCH)

PhD awarding institution/s

University of Copenhagen (UCPH) and RMIT University

Location

Denmark

Status

Open Position

RMIT and many of the REDI partners are HSR4R certified
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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