MAIA Graduate JURY
6th of June 2024

MAIA Opening - Vernissage
7th of June – 18h00

MAIA Show - 8th of June 2024
12.00 – 18h00

Campus HEAD
Bât.H, Le Cube
Av. de Chatelaine, 7
1203 Genève


Visitors will have the opportunity to witness a diverse range of projects in terms of scale, typology, location, and complexity. These will include the Marie Schild’s forward-looking reflection on the future ruins of contemporary ski lifts when the snow runs out, a luminous investigation of Geneva’s night-time spaces by Ségolène Davister, a journey through public spaces in Italy by  Valentina Pantalena, a complete interior redesign of an outpatient unit in Vienna by Vilma Hubalek, Alexandra Miskufova’s delicate look at her grandmother through the weaving together of yesterday and tomorrow, Patris Sallaku’s invention of a new type of thermal bath based around lavender on the banks of the Rhone, an ambitious re-reading of a Swiss novel by Andreas Laskaris, a typological study of a new type of apartment block in the Grottes district of Geneva by Marie Torrione and, finally, the art of coming to terms with the leftovers and other remnants of wood from our forests, conceived and interpreted by Anais Youssefi.

With jury’s guests:

  • Anna MacIver-Ek (MacIver-Ek Chevroulet), Architect,
  • Lovis Caputo (Keung Caputo), Designer
  • Fredrik Hellberg (Space Popular), Designer
  • Rosario Hurtado, Head Master Space and Communication,
  • Youri Kravtchenko, (Ykra) Architect  & Teacher.

These ‘little sexy buildings that are not encumbered by plumbing issues’* experiment with styles, know-how and theories. Grouped within a common landscape, folies express possible elsewheres. Their occupants rejoice in fleeting identities: short-lived hermits in huts, nomads under immobile tents, conquerors on the gazebo, animated by the promises of the temple of love.
Whether terribly sophisticated or exaggeratedly rough, these follies are totally useless, but oh so necessary. They federate. They intensify. Organized in systems, the folies reflect on the territory through emergences, not through a comprehensive plan. Designed by range, each folly proclaims its reasons for being and revokes the propositions of the previous one.
Having moved beyond the parks of eighteenth-century aristocrats, it is now the metropolitan environment that they consider. In response to the fragile ecology of our world which seeks to come up with a balanced relation to its resources and its environment, the follies formulate architecture and landscape as an inseparable culture.

The forward-looking enthusiasm of designing and building follies allows us to escape, for a while, from the turpitudes of the world and formalize ways of inhabiting in it.
The “MAIA Graduate Show 2024” visitors to delve into the intricate interplay between the natural, artificial, and digital realms within the contemporary built environment. The exhibition explores how ecology is shaping the discipline of Interior Architecture in the 21st century. The interpretation of this theme was intentionally left open for students, resulting in projects that address environmentally responsible construction, ecology, reuse, energy efficiency, social and political urgencies, as well as novel materials and technologies.
Ultimately, INTERIOR ECOLOGIES explores both the responses to contemporary environmental and societal challenges (carbon footprint, circular economy, etc.) and the implications of new ecological paradigms (post-human, more-than-human, etc.) for interior architecture as a discipline in all its professional dimensions—space design, product design, new media, research, curatorial, and editorial practices.

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