Conference | 25 May 2018
InParadiso Café, Venice, Italy

Curated by Aaron Betsky, president of the School of Architecture at Taliesin, and promoted by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Rome, the third edition of Greenhouse Talks consists in a conversation on the topic of LIMBO SPACE. The event will take place during the days of preview of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia.

In the words of the curator: “in the spaces where we wait, tarry, or just wile away the time, the strictures and structures of good architecture dissolve. In the waiting rooms at airports, government bureaucracies, or doctors’ offices, in the places to where we escape to do little to nothing, and in the cocoons we create by using either the latest technology or ancient meditation techniques to come to ourselves, boundaries dissolve. We spend more and more of our time in such spaces. They are the purgatory between the hell of everyday reality and the seamless heaven of virtual social space -or the other way around. What is the architecture of such not-quite-free spaces, and how should design what is meant to fade away? What do such spaces tell us about the future of architecture?”

Starting from here, Aaron Betsky will conduct a conversation with photographer Iwan Baan and architects Maria Claudia Clemente (Labics), Nathalie de Vries (MVRDV), Elizabeth Diller (Diller Scofidio + Renfro), Andrés Jaque (Office for Political Innovation). Marina Otero Verzier, director of research of Het Nieuwe Instituut and curator of the 2018 Dutch Pavilion, will offer some concluding remarks on the topic.

The Greenhouse Talks LIMBO SPACE will take place on Friday, May 25, 2018, from 9:00 am to 11:00 am at the InParadiso Café, just in front of the Giardini della Biennale. Entrance is free, but due to the limited space it is strongly recommended to register via email at

For more information on the Dutch Pavilion visit cgparkashop

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