Time, the best Architect
The pavilion "Percorso", created by Àlvaro Siza, on the occasion of the 13th "Biennale di Architettura" in 2012 ( Common Ground, general direction by David Chipperfield), resisted through the time, was in the 14th "Biennale di Architettura" in 2014 ( Fundamentals, general direction by Rem Koolhaas) and was even presented in the 15th edition in 2016 ( Reporting From the Front, general direction by Alejandro Aravena).
Integrated in "Giardino delle Vergini", realized by Piet Oudolf for the edition of "Biennale sulla riva dell'Arsenale" in 2010, together with the second Windows installation by Eduardo Souto de Moura ( removed for the 13th "Biennale"), Àlvaro Siza's "Percorso" was conceived, especially because of the choice of its materials, as an ephemeral and temporary intervention. Thanks to David Chipperfield, it experienced three editions of "Biennale". The red portions that change according to the light and the hours, are meant to be a tribute to Luis Barragán and Fernando Távora. They also remind the urban fabric of the
complex maze of Venice. The succession of yards, where the trees are central characters, creates a scenario on a human scale, in which architecture shapes the place.
When Àlvaro Siza says that the time is the best architect, he means that it takes care of the spaces and the people in there.
I personally hope that the time will take care of "Percorso", since it now became a necessary part of "Giardino delle Vergini" in Venice.