Towards solar landscapes that connect

10th year anniversary

The event was successfully held

on 22.06.2021

from XVII Architecture Venice Biennial


Section Resilience, Art and Landscape,
Resilient Communities, Italian Pavilion.

Photovoltaics | Forms | Landscapes
Beauty and power of designed photovoltaics

Biennale di Architettura di Venezia
Padiglione Italia






More than ever, it is necessary to find the pattern that connects. The pattern that connects our actions for the health of the Planet, and for the health of all humans.
We need to build up an idea of preservation and resilience that must be inclusive both socially and ecologically. Humans matter, our life matters, and this requires a shift in the way we inhabit and use this Planet.

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Solar Mountain by Nuru Karim and Anuj Modi uses solar photovoltaic, and recycled materials to contribute 300 MWh of electricity per year and interactive spaces for play and exercise. A top ten submission to the LAGI 2020 Fly Ranch Design Challenge.

Monreale Photovoltaic park, Palermo, IT, 2009. Mitigation and landscape compensation project. Design: Progetto Verde studio di architettura del paesaggio;
Fabrizio Cembalo Sambiase, Alessandro Visalli.
Image courtesy of Dirk Oudes, HDEL research group – Amsterdam Academy of Architecture.

The Italian Living Lab

Italy, with the highest number of Unesco heritage sites worldwide together with China, and among the countries with the most ambitious renewable (i.e. photovoltaic) energy targets in Europe, is a living lab for experimenting with contradictions and synergies between a traditional idea of preservation, and the new challenges offered by the introduction of photovoltaics in the landscape.

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Contribute with your pic

Dear architect, researcher, student, art addicted. This is a space for you to contribute with a picture linked to photovoltaics landscapes. How?

XVII Architecture Venice Biennial

Padiglione Italia

Section Resilience, Art and Landscape, Resilient Communities.


14.00 – 18.30 CEST

Light Up by Martin Heide, Dean Boothroyd, Mike Rainbow, Jan Talacko, John Bahoric, Bryan Chung, Chea Yuen Yeow Chong, Anna Lee, and Martin Heide incorporates flexible mono-crystalline silicon photovoltaic with custom lamination, wind energy harvesting, and microbial fuel cells to contribute 2,220 MWh per year. First place submission to LAGI 2018 Melbourne.

PVFLs Book

“There are a number of renewable energy options readily available to address today’s energy challenges such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions, global access to energy services and secure, safe and affordable supply.”