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UCA Canterbury students to attend Venice Architecture Biennale

Two students from UCA Canterbury have been chosen to attend a series of workshops and events alongside some of the best Architecture students from around the world, at the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale, which begins on Saturday 26 May.

MArch students Ozan Topsogut and Alanoud Al-Radaideh were named as two of just 122 successful applicants who responded to the open call for submissions centred around the theme of freespace. The students were chosen from 452 entrants which came from 120 universities across 29 countries.

Ozan has said that he feels extremely honoured to have been selected and to be representing UCA at the event.

“In my designs, I am constantly reminded of the need to consider practical applications without attenuating the project’s artistic and conceptual ambitions,” he says of his own work.

“Throughout my architectural education, I have had the opportunity to trial and apply a wide range of design methods which has often led me to challenge my own understanding of spatiality, function and inhabitation. Alongside this, I have always endeavoured to ensure my designs are deeply imbued with contextual references, be it historical, political or socioeconomic, and often in an ambiguous and abstract way to allow for the audience to reflect, discuss and consider their reading of my work.” 

Coordinated by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, the students faced a two-stage application process which included submitting a portfolio of work and answering questions such as why the Biennale exists, in addition to an interview with the exhibition’s curators.

The 16th Venice Architecture Biennale will run until Sunday 25 November and will take place at the Giardini and Arsenale venues, in addition to a number of other locations throughout Venice. Entitled FREESPACE, it will explore the “generosity of spirit and a sense of humanity at the core of architecture's agenda.”

Ozan Topsogut work