PAX in Venice

15th International Architecture Exhibition. La Biennale di Venezia

Greek Pavilion

12.06.2016_12 pm

“In Ersilia, to establish the relationships that sustain the city’s life, the inhabitants stretch strings from the corners of the houses, white or black or gray or black-and-white according to whether they identify a relationship of blood, trade, authority or agency.
When the strings become so numerous that you can no longer pass among them, the inhabitants leave:
the houses are dismantled; only the strings and their supports remain.
From a mountainside, camping with their household goods, Ersilia’s refugees look at the labyrinth of taut strings and poles that rise in the plain. That is still the city of Ersilia, and they are nothing.
They rebuild Ersilia elsewhere. They weave a similar pattern of strings, which they would like to be more complex and at the same time more regular than the previous ones.
Then they abandon it and move themselves and their houses still farther away.
Thus, when traveling in the territory of Ersilia, you come upon the ruins of abandoned cities, without the walls which do not last, without the bones of the dead which the wind rolls away:
spider webs of intricate relationships seeking a form.”


Italo Calvino


PAX is a multidisciplinary project experimented in Cordoba with a methodology and solidarity mechanisms to re-use Mediterranean Cities. A Spanish project in a Greek Pavilion of an Italian Biennale upon Local Society and Culture versus Global Economy.


PAX opens a debate about the speculation in our Heritage and Public Space. Only citizens together with a political attitude can save the urban ecology and the anthropological nature of our cities.


After decades of real estate bubble, an indiscriminate occupation of land and an ownership culture, PAX-Patios de la Axerquía proposes an innovative operation of gobernance that fosters a change of urban model:  from speculation to the culture of rehabilitation.

The path of a multilevel co-management between public administration and social economy is the basis of the using vacant houses and public space. A model of energy transition through its social sustainability. The rehabilitation of the abandoned patio-houses means to restore the environmental value of the Mediterranean city and upgrade its history in contemporary key within citizenship.


Updating the urban, environmental, social and economic value of the traditional city is a step toward understanding the Mediterranean city as an undeniable value of our past and, at the same time, as an essential tool for our future in a real Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Europe.


A Europe of City and Citizenship.

PAX Participative meeting of informal citizens’ networks


Gaia Redaelli




Jacinta Ortiz Miranda




Carlos Anaya Sahuco
Felipe García Leiva
Eva Morales Soler
Manuel Rodríguez Álvarez




PAX-Patios de la Axerquía. 2016