Reporting from the Front: Architecture Biennale – Biennale di Venezia
The fifteenth International Architecture Exhibition is being held in the Giardini and the Arsenale venues as well as in various other venues in Venice. The Exhibition includes 88 Participants from 37 different countries, as well as 62 National Participations and a selected choice of Collateral Events.
Alejandro Aravena, the Exhibition’s curator, describes the aims of the Exhibition as follows: “We believe that the advancement of architecture is not a goal in itself but a way to improve people’s quality of life. Given life ranges from very basic physical needs to the most intangible dimensions of the human condition, consequently, improving the quality of the built environment is an endeavour that has to tackle many fronts: from guaranteeing very concrete, down-to-earth living standards to interpreting and fulfilling human desires, from respecting the single individual to taking care of the common good, from efficiently hosting daily activities to expanding the frontiers of civilization.
Our curatorial proposal is twofold: on the one hand we would like to widen the range of issues to which architecture is expected to respond, adding explicitly to the cultural and artistic dimensions that already belong to our scope, those that are on the social, political, economical and environmental end of the spectrum. On the other hand, we would like to highlight the fact that architecture is called to respond to more than one dimension at the time, integrating a variety of fields instead of choosing one or another.”
The Meetings on Architecture are a programme of events on the themes and case studies presented at the Biennale. The talks will take place throughout the whole period of the Biennale Architettura 2016, involving the architects and participants invited.
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For a review of the Exhibition by Edwin Heathcote in the Financial Times click here.
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