Structures of Mutual Support, the brainchild of Gawad Kalinga (GK) Enchanted Farm Community, Architects Sudarshan V. Khadka Jr, and Alexander Eriksson Furunes received the first-ever award from the prestigious Venice Biennale. The project was given a Special Mention for its “exemplary community project that creates a rich archive and experience of collaborative construction practices.”
Out of all the 60 participants, only two countries were bestowed with the accolade. Aside from the Philippines, the Russian Pavilion curated by Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli with the exhibition, Open, received the same recognition.
The said Philippine Pavilion exhibition for this year explores the essence of bayanihan and the Norwegian dugnad in an attempt to understand the importance of infusing such traditions and strategies in modern times. It proudly invests in the process of building spaces and structures that passionately strengthen social relationships, reciprocity, and solidarity.
Khadka, Furunes, together with 32 representatives of GK Enchanted Farm put together a library in Bulacan that features a raised platform that invites people inside. It was dismantled and carefully shipped to Venice, Italy for the prestigious bi-annual exhibition.