Title: “Environmental Justice As a Civil Right”
Commissioner: Melville Richardson
Curator: Barbara Paca
Exhibitors: Global Citizens and the People of Antigua and Barbuda
Antigua and Barbuda’s inaugural National Pavilion at the 16th International Architectural Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia explores environmental justice as a civil right through an investigation into the acute crisis of climate change facing this island nation.
Situated in a fifteenth-century monastery in the heart of Venice, Antigua & Barbuda’s National Pavilion explores three sites in Antigua and Barbuda through a combination of architectural models, artefacts, and drawings to examine the relationship between architecture and the environment and the unresolved case of Mother Nature versus Human Intervention.
1. Rebuilding Barbuda
2. Expansion of St. John’s Urban Botanical Gardens
3. Government House Restoration Initiative, included on the 2018 World Monuments Watch
The sites presented are linked by innovative stakeholder partnerships that seek to address present-day environmental challenges. In keeping with this multi-disciplinary spirit, the Pavilion serves as a space for dialogue and a meeting place for a diverse audience that includes high school and university students, the differently abled, architects, planners, environmental groups, the art-going public, and visitors to Venice.
- The Government House Restoration Initiative - Watercolour Drawing, 2016 © Courtesy of Philip Logan, AIA, Leed AP