to Nov 28


Venice Biennale for Architecture, 2018
26 May – 28 Nov 2018
Palazzo Mora, Room 7

Our exhibition of Artificial Natures was presented at the Venice Biennale for Architecture 2018 at the European Cultural Centre. 

Today, we live in environments that became our ‘natural’ surroundings although they are not natural at all. Many of them are not even suited for a proper human living, e.g. when you think about the recent situation in urban agglomerations, or about our increasing dependency on internet-based mediated environments which we need and which became quite natural for us. But which are neither natural, nor present the normal, ‘natural’ environment of human beings for the most time of their history. Or consider the bulk of logistic and junk landscapes at the fringes of our cities, topographies which became a normal environment for us. We have even entire landscapes which seem natural but which have been designed for touristic use, faking a natural environment.

To become aware of the unnatural nature of our meanwhile normal environments we all got used to, conceiving them as ‘natural’ – it could be worth the effort for sake of a better living, and for activities related to that. 

For more information on the exhibition content please see the exhibition page. 

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PRESENTATION: The New Art Fest ‘18:
7:30 PM19:30

PRESENTATION: The New Art Fest ‘18:

The New Art Fest ‘18: Utopia and Global Gentrification
2-30 Nov 2018
Lisbon (various venues)

Presentation | 21 Nov, 6.30pm guest keynote speaker, Ulrich Gehmann, will be presenting on 'Utopia as an Artificial Nature'. 
Exhibition | 21 - 30 Nov, Favela; Ibirapuera Park; Babel IID

The New Art Fest is an annual international festival of 'new media', and an important platform for artistic creativity and theoretical reflection associated with technology, science and society.

Curated by António Cerveira Pinto
Organised by Second city
Supported by Ordem dos Arquitetos, Goethe Institue

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PRESENTATION: CEAA International Conference:
to Oct 27

PRESENTATION: CEAA International Conference:


Ideal Spaces team member Yulia Leonova presented at this year's International Conference Regionalism, Nationalism & Modern Architecture, speaking on the topic of 'Modernist architecture of Tel Aviv: White City in greenery – some aspects of national cultural concept'.

Listeners noted the efficiency of 3D models made by team to provide an impression about dreams and notions of the city architects. 

CEAA is a R&D unit based at Escola Superior Artística do Porto which develops research in the area of Art Studies, specifically in the territories of Theory, Criticism and History.
This conference is organized in framework of one of its current main axes of research:
Architecture, Territory, Landscape
axis is focused on physical legacies and their multiple implications, with emphasis on the Portuguese case and international comparative studies. Here we can find projects in the field of architectural, urban and landscape history and heritage, but also the application of research results and knowledge to support concrete proposals for intervention.

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Presentation: ArtsIT
to Oct 26

Presentation: ArtsIT

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ArtsIT 2018 - 7th EAI International Conference: ArtsIT, Interactivity & Game Creation

October 24-26, 2018
Braga, Portugal

Michael Johansson will be representing Ideal Spaces at the European Alliance for Innovation’s annual conference: ArtsIT, Interactivity & Game Creation, where he will be presenting the paper; Worldmaking: designing for audience participation, immersion and interaction in virtual and real spaces by Andreas Siess, Daniel Hepperle, Matthias Wolfel, and Michael Johansson.

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3:00 PM15:00


Shaping the City: A Forum for Sustainable Cities and Communities
13-14 Oct 2018
European Cultural Centre, Venice

Ulrich Gehmann and Matt Bühler will be representing Ideal Spaces at the European Cultural Centre's first conference, with a presentation and participation in a panel on Culture for Sustainable Cities.


Shaping the City : A Forum for Sustainable Cities and Communities” includes all participating architectural schools and universities from across the globe from the ECC's current TIME SPACE EXISTENCE exhibition, along with other international institutions and architecture studios. The conference is to be held over 2 days on the 12th and 13th of October 2018 with a lineup of speakers, panels, from the different participants and guests.

The conference aims to inspire the next frontier of research focused on the structure of cities, culture for sustainability, resilience, livable communities, and architectural developments and advancements. This forum is conceived to exchange about the urban future of cities from universities, practitioners, architects, and others. A place where city changers meet and network with other passionate, innovative, inspiring professionals and researchers.

Over the course of 2 days, four sub-themes will be addressed, each presented by a keynote speaker, discussed by a panel of experts, and elaborated through case studies.  

Sub-themes for each panel include the following:

  • Built Environment and Architecture for the People

  • Urban Developments and Re-imagining the City

  • Innovation and Green Advancements

  • Culture for Sustainable Cities

Speakers include:

Odile Decq
SOM Architects: Mohamed Sheriff & Mina Hasman
KISD Koln International School of Design: Wolfgang Laubersheimer
University of Cincinnati: Terry Boling & Edson Cabalfin (curator of Philippines Pavilion) 
Domus Magazine: Walter Mariotti
Divina Abou Jaoude, architect
Ideal Spaces Group, Ulrich Gehmann
SUTD Thomas Schroepfer
UNDP, Jennifer Colville
Ravensbourne, Layton Reid
Universidade de Evors. Joao Rocha
Nikken Sekkei Architects


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Presentation: Heterotopia and the Semiotics of Cultural Landscape.
to Sep 21

Presentation: Heterotopia and the Semiotics of Cultural Landscape.

International Association of Space Semiotics:
Heterotopia and the Semiotics of Cultural Landscape.
20-21 Sept 2018
Russian Academy of Arts, Moscow

Ideal Spaces team member Yulia Leonova will be presenting at next meeting of the International Association of Space Semiotics with a presentation entitled: 'Three otherness of Ibirapuera park in São Paulo: deciphering Roberto Burle Marx's project'.

This conference will be considering issues of the cultural landscape as a symbolic system, heterotopias as emergent marks in the context of this system, and the problem of visual representation of these signs and systems in art and architecture. 

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Yulia participated in the meeting of the International Association of Space Semiotics in Moscow Academy of Arts with a presentation entitled: 'Three otherness of Ibirapuera park in São Paulo: deciphering Roberto Burle Marx's project'. She described the Ibirapuera Park as one of the Worlds made by Ideal Spaces team for the Exhibition in Venice 2018. To the presented topic of the highly semiotized space produced by the Brazilian architects and cultural promoters, President of the IASSp+T Pierre Pellegrino, added his considerations about the level of violent crimes in the country striking contrasting to the intentions of the new national identity developers.


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6:00 PM18:00


Venice Biennale for Architecture, 2018
27 – 28 May 2018
Palazzo Rossini, Venice, Italy



The topic for this year’s symposium is Artificial Natures, ranging from classical ones, such as parks and ideal cities, to garden cities, to new “natural “ environments like social media spaces as new public place. The symposium will take place as a combination of short panels and work groups. The general questions are:

  • What are artificial natures (AN)

  • Why they are so important today

  • What has been the history = development of these natures, and why

  • What have been the common intentions of the approaches

  • Which forms are emerging today, leaving all “naturality” behind them

  • What chances AN are offering – for whom, in which directions

Further information on the theme of Artificial Natures can be found here.


We invite people from different fields of interest and professional background to collaborate with us on that topic. Please submit abstracts of no more the 3,000 words around this topic of Artificial Natures to hannahgwhittaker@idealspaces.orgwith the subject line ‘Abstract Submission’. We will be accepting submissions until 17th May.


To register your attendance for the symposium please fill in the registration form via the link here. Please note that you will need to complete the registration form in addition to sending your abstract submission.


Artificial Natures, Palazzo Mora, Room 7 ,  26 May – 28 Nov 2018

The symposium is paralleled by our exhibition of Artificial Natures presented at the Venice Biennale for Architecture, 2018.

In this exhibition, we show an evolution of the idea of creating new ‘natural’ environments, serving both as a space to live and to engage socially. The spaces are designed as multiple immersive, explorable ‘worlds’ that fulfill these criteria.

The visitor has the possibility to enter these worlds both virtually and in the physical exhibition, in order to experience their spaces, to gain a deeper comprehension of them, as if they would be real worlds to live in. This allows to make a comparison to the world we live in. Thus, by making the presented worlds to appear real, we want to elicit a critical and pro-active perspective, also in terms of sustainable social participation. By that, we can contribute in shaping existing spaces which become our common and therefore ‘natural’ environments. 

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