from May 28th until November 27th 2016 – http://www.labiennale.org/en/architecture/
REPORTING FROM THE FRONT
Curated by Alejandro Aravena – 48 countries will take part in the exhibit at least in the two main venues of the Arsenale and the Giardini and in many more venues throughout the city.
About the subject
The 2016 XV International Venice Biennale Architecture Exhibition will be focused on the role of architects when it comes to designing democratic & sustainable urban landscapes, and how these are linked to policies of intervention, stated government objectives and social cohesion.
The exhibition will develop the themes of conflicting tensions between public and private interests regarding urban spaces, the phenomena of urbanization in conditions of low and/or new development, and cases of urban requalification in more mature situations that require interventions for new and different developments.
The exhibit then will bring to the public eye a number of architectural success stories oriented to improve ‘the quality of the built environment and consequently people’s quality of life’. The meaning of the exhibit’s title ‘Reporting from the front’ lies on those architectural projects there were fulfilled despite ‘tough circumstance and facing pressing challenges’. In the curator’s own words: ‘We would like to learn from architectures that despite the scarcity of means intensify what is available instead of complaining about what is missing. We would like to understand what design tools are needed to subvert the forces that privilege the individual gain over the collective benefit, reducing We to just Me’
About the curator
Alejandro Aravena, born in 1967 in Chile.
He graduated in Architecture from the Universidad Càtolica de Cile and continued his studies at Venice IUAV.
He centered his professional life on the social impact of architecture. In 2001 he co-founded Elemental a do tank focusing on projects of public interest and social impact, including housing, public space, infrastructure and transportation. http://www.elementalchile.cl/en/
He has been a professor at Harvard University and he is an International Fellow of the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects). He is a Member of the London School of Economics Cities Program and the Regional Advisory Board Member of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. He is also a Board Member of the Swiss Holcim Foundation, a Foundational Member of the Chilean Public Policies Society, and a Leader of the Helsinki Design Lab for SITRA, the Finnish Government Innovation Fund.
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Down below you can see a selection of the works presented in the Biennale 2016 including the two venues.