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Grafton Architects Co-Founders to Curate 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale

The organizers of the Venice Biennale named Irish architects Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, co-founders of Grafton Architects, as curators of the International Architecture Exhibition in 2018

25 Jul 2016

Venice Biennale Pavilions

Venice Architecture Biennale 2016

Pavilion of Singapore at 15th International Architecture Exhibition
Singapore Pavilion for Venice Biennale 2016
photo : Don Wong
President Tony Tan Keng Yam officially opened the Singapore Pavilion at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition (Biennale Architettura 2016) of La Biennale di Venezia, earlier this afternoon in Venice, Italy, back in 26 May 2016.

Venice Biennale 2016 Singapore Pavilion

Time-Space-Existence Exhibition for Venice Biennale

Concrete Installation for Venice Biennale 2016

Aequilibrium for eduCARE Exhibition in Venice 2016

Pavilion of Korea in Venice 2016

Venice Biennale Giardini Pavilions Proposal by RAAAF

Australian Pavilion in Venice 2016 the Pool

German Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2016

24 Aug 2012

Venice Architecture Biennale 2012

Venice Biennale Greek Pavilion
Pavilion of Greece at the 13th International Architecture Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia
Polish Pavilion Venice Biennale
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Venice Biennale Greek Pavilion – 25 Aug 2012
The Greek participation for the 13th International Architecture Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia focuses on the particular dynamic of Athens during a period of economic meltdown.
Contemporary Athens is a city of strong contradictions: It is a city whose particular identity was shaped during post-World-War-II reconstruction. A city which has at its disposal an exceptionally talented cadre of young architects, international in orientation, well educated and with a wealth of professional experience.

BIG at the 13th la Biennale di Venezia, Italy
Connecting Greenland
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August 22, 2012 – BIG Architects in collaboration with TENU, Julie Hardenberg and Inuk Silas Høgh present Connecting Greenland: AIR+PORT as a part of the exhibition “POSSIBLE GREENLAND” at the Danish Pavilion, exploring the potentials and challenges that Greenland is facing as the country gains global attention.

“SPAINLAB”, the Spanish Pavilion at the 13th Biennale of Architecture in Venice,
will focus on innovation and investigation

VENICE, August 22, 2012 – Innovation and investigation are the main themes of SPAINLAB, the Spanish Pavilion at the 13th Biennale of Architecture in Venice which Curators Antón García-Abril and Débora Mesa will introduce in a press conference on Monday, August 27th. During the conference, they will review and explain the installations of the seven architecture offices selected as representatives of the Spanish avantgarde in architectural creativity.
The press conference will be followed by a guided tour to all seven installations with commentary from their authors. The participating teams are Menis Arquitectos, Cloud 9 (Enric Ruiz-Geli), Ecosistema Urbano, Sancho-Madridejos Architecture Office, RCR Aranda Pigem Vilalta Arquitectes, Selgascano and Vicente Guallart (Chief Architect, City of Barcelona).
SPAINLAB focuses on the creative processes behind each new architecture project and is an attempt at showing the architects’ mind at work, and at revealing how the inner dialogue of architecture seeks the involvement of society as a whole. The SPAINLAB project will also include a digital platform and a book, which will also be introduced during the conference.

‘Trace of Centuries & Future Steps’ – 22 Aug 2012
Palazzo Bembo, Venice, Italy
Palazzo Bembo Venezia
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Exhibitors Are:
3deluxe; Altiplano; Architecture And Vision; Architecture For Humanity; Emre Arolat; Men Duri Arquint; Esteban Bondone; Louise Braverman; Michael Burch Architects; Casapública; Paolo Cesaretti + Antonella Dedini; Can Çinici; Keila Costa & Carol Tonetti; Asgeir Damman; Degang Wang; Di Vece Arquitectos; Fausto Ferrara; Petra Gipp & Kim Hedås; Ernst Giselbrecht; Cesare Griffa; Barbara Holzer & Tristan Kobler; Joel Huffman; Kamjz; Jae Kyung Kim & Yao Zhang; Akira Koyama + Key Operation Inc. / Architects; Lab’process + Bozin Szekely Architects; Leap + Mtq; Piero Lissoni; Graeme Mann & Patricia Capua Mann + Ueli Brauen & Doris Wälchli; Manthey Kula; Takasaki Masaharu; Josep Lluís Mateo; Pieter J Mathews; Rodolphe Mertens; Ivica Mladjenovic; Ian Moore; Paul Morgan; Nabito Architects & Partners S.l.; Plant; Elías Rizo; Frank Salama; Sdeg; Luca Selva; Johann Slee; Sprb + Ars˚; Studiomobile; Studio Velocity; Todd Sweet & Jerry Sparkman + Ringling College Of Art And Design; Simon Twose + Andrew Barrie; Ying Tianqi; Yasutaka Yoshimura; Administrative Committee Of Zhengdong New District + Arata Isozaki ∙
Biennale Architettura 2012
Exhibition Open To The Public From 29 Aug – 25 Nov 2012
70 M. From Rialto Bridge On Canal Grande
4793 Riva Del Carbon, 30124 Venice, Italy

As part of the 13th International Architecture Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia, the Collateral Event “TRACES OF CENTUREIS & FUTURE STEPS” presents 3deluxe and other architects from 6 continents, representing 26 countries, brought together in an extraordinary combination with each other as well as with the Chinese artist Ying Tianqi.
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HerrerosArquitectos – 21 Aug 2012
‘Dialogue Architecture’, Venice, Italy
Casa Mallorca
photograph : José Hevia
Architect Juan Herreros, invited by curator David Chipperfield to the 13th Biennale of Architecture in Venice, will introduce to the media his “Dialogue Architecture”, an installation he will exhibit at the Central Pavilion (I Giardini).

Zaha Hadid Architects – 21 Aug 2012
Venice Architecture Biennale – Common Ground
Zaha Hadid Venice Architecture Biennale
picture : Zaha Hadid Architects
This year’s Biennale theme ‘Common Ground’ shows how the work of the major protagonists of contemporary architecture – often regarded as independent individual creations – is in fact based on historical lineages of collective research. This is also true of the work of Zaha Hadid Architects.

Venice Biennale British Pavilion – 16 Aug 2012
waterhouses IJburg
image : dRMM

14 Jul 2012

13th Venice Architecture Biennale

British Pavilion
29 Aug – 25 Nov 2012
Venice Takeaway will present proposals for British architecture inspired by an ambitious global research project. The aim is to inject new ideas into the UK and create a platform for discussion about what and who makes great architecture.

31 Dec 2011

Venice Biennale Director

David Chipperfield to direct Venice Biennale
David Chipperfield architect
photo of David Chipperfield architect © Martin Godwin
Venice Architecture Biennale 2012
The Board of the Venice Biennale chaired by Paolo Baratta appointed David Chipperfield as Director of the upcoming Architecture Biennale. David Chipperfield was named Director of the Architecture Sector with the specific responsibility of curating the 13th International Architecture Exhibition, which will be held in Venice, at the institutional venues of Giardini and Arsenale, from August 29th to November 25th 2012 (preview on August 27th-28th).

David Chipperfield : Venice Architecture Biennale 2012 Director

13 Oct 2011
Silvio Berlusconi Replaces Paolo Baratta
Venice Biennale shelter
photo : Neale Smith Photography
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has ousted Paolo Baratta, the President of La Biennale di Venezia. Giulio Malgara was named director of the Venice Biennale, by Italian Culture Minister, Giarcarlo Galan. The Venetian is an executive from the food business with no previous connection to the arts, but has a friendship with the Italian Prime Minister. Previously Silvio Berlusconi has attempted to oust Mario Fortunato, the director of London’s Italian Cultural Institute.

Venice Art Biennale Pavilion 2011

Swatch Pavilion, Venice Art Biennale
Design: 3deluxe
Swatch Pavilion Venice Biennale
photo courtesy of 3deluxe
Venice Biennale Pavilion for Swatch

Venice Biennale Review

e-architect editor visited the Venice Biennale 2010 : we bring you photos + observations on the pavilions + exhibitions

The highlights of the show were Oliafur Eliasson’s installation and hearing SANAA (with Oliafur Eliasson) describe their designs and their approach to designing.

La Biennale di Venezia is a positive gathering place for architectural discussion, a hive of activity with plenty of visual stimulus but many of the shows seemed skin-deep in their approach. We are told “architecture is in crisis” by one, and show after show put forward ideas for new communities, yet until clients are persuaded to create such new communities this comes across as conjecture, blue sky thinking. We need this, but it needs balancing with more reality. Most of the architects have the creativity and good intentions and it is unfair to criticise them as they try to make a better world. But we need specific examples because the act of making communities transforms even the most stubborn architect’s plans. Thus much of what we see in the shows just won’t ever happen, so why present to the viewers?

Kazuyo Sejima, the Director of 12th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice
Venice Biennale Kazuyo Sejima
photo © Adrian Welch

In the la biennale di venezia guide former director Aaron Betsky asks the reader to focus on the audience, not the work on show but who comes to see the Venice Biennale, the public. I could not agree more, this is something I have focused on over the last decade – architects have to engage with the public in a more lucid way. If you look at Eliasson (art) or Tarantino (film) you are aware of great skill, thinking, layers of meaning, yet their creations are easily digestible to a wide range of people. And their work is also well known, more so films and music than art but architecture is a long way behind.

Can architecture flex its muscles and engage more with the people? Of course it can, and should because architecture has a huge part to play in reducing pollution, waste, material usage, energy usage, water usage, etc. in fact architects could hold the key to sorting out large proportions of key global problems. But there needs to be more focus, less waffle, more collective action, less individual postulation.

The Croatian pavilion – the boat – was created by a group of architects (who normally compete against each other for work) coming together and working as one. They made something potent and beautiful, perhaps this could serve as a lesson – maybe it is ‘time for change’ as so many shows state, perhaps the Arsenale and Giardini form shackles through the individual pavilions? With lateral thinking though la biennale di venezia could create a more potent message if countries still used their pavilions but that each country worked with the other to integrate the proposition, along the lines of think global act local.

It doesn’t have to be totalitarian, there could be opposing views but expressed within a framework. With such an armature or backbone the proposition would be powerful and dignified by allowing many viewpoints with a structured whole. In this way a manifesto could be delivered that could be understood by major private developers, city councils and national governments. Architecture has the ability to change the world radically. Architects have yet to find a way to achieve this potential.

Photos of the majority of the pavilions in Venice were posted online by Editor Adrian Welch on 31 August 2010.

Venice Architecture Biennale Arsenale Pavilions
Venice Biennale Chinese Pavilion
image © Adrian Welch
Venice Architecture Biennale Arsenale Pavilions

Venice Architecture Biennale Giardini Pavilions
Venice Biennale Kitchen Monument
image © Adrian Welch
Venice Architecture Biennale Giardini Pavilions

Kazuyo Sejima, architect, director of La Biennale di Venezia 2010
Venice Biennale Kazuyo Sejima Kazuyo Sejima Kazuyo Sejima Venice Kazuyo Sejima architect

Venice Biennale Kazuyo Sejima Kazuyo Sejima Kazuyo Sejima Venice Kazuyo Sejima architect

Kazuyo Sejima, La Biennale di Venezia director with the mayor of Kanazawa, Japan:
Venice Biennale Kazuyo Sejima Kazuyo Sejima

Films of Oliafur Eliasson show in the Arsenale, uncompressed, large size – on e-architect YouTube soon

e-architect editor Adrian Welch was in Venice from Friday to Monday
Adrian Welch

Bjarke Ingels at Venice Biennale, interview with Adrian Welch
Bjarke Ingels
photo © Adrian Welch

Bahrain Pavilion, Venice – Golden Lion winner for Best National Pavilion
Venice Biennale Bahrain Pavilion
photo © Adrian Welch

If Buildings Could Talk Film, Venice
Film by Wim Wenders
If Buildings Could Talk
photo © Hisao Suzuki, sketch by © Wim Wenders

British Rebiennale evening show, Venice
British Rebiennale evening show
image © Adrian Welch

Many of the Venice Biennale shows around town were disappointing, one moment of joy was here off Campo S. Stefano, an advert for a Luxembourg show – person in box!
la biennale di venezia Luxembourg show
image © Adrian Welch

12th International Architecture Exhibition

Venue: Giardini and Arsenale
Dates: 29 Aug – 21 Nov 2010

la biennale di venezia director
Kazuyo Sejima, the Director of 12th International Architecture Exhibition, People meet in architecture (29 Aug – 21 Nov 2010, preview on 26-28 Aug). Kazuyo Sejima is the first woman to direct the Architecture Sector of the Biennale.

SANAA : Kazuyo Sejima (right) and Ryue Nishizawa (left)
Sejima Nishizawa
picture © 2008 Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA
Photograph © Takashi Okamoto

la biennale di venezia spaces
Two new spaces at the Biennale di Venezia, the Sala delle Colonne (Ca’ Giustinian) and the ASAC Library (Palazzo della Biennale, Giardini), will be inaugurated respectively on Wednesday 25th August (was at 11:00 a.m.) and Friday 27th August (12:00 noon) and will therefore be returned to the city after a demanding restoration and renovation process.

la biennale di venezia prizes
The International Jury of the 12th International Architecture Exhibition will attribute the following prizes:
– Golden Lion for best National Participation
– Golden Lion for best project in the International Exhibition People meet in Architecture
– Silver Lion for a promising young architect in the International Exhibition People meet in Architecture.

Venice Architecture Biennale 2010 Pavilions

Venice Architecture Biennale 2010 Croatian Pavilion
The Ship : Floating Pavilion
Venice Biennale Croatian Pavilion
picture : Zelimir Grzancic
Venice Biennale Croatian Pavilion

Venice Architecture Biennale 2010 Dutch Pavilion
‘Vacant NL’
La Biennale di Venezia Dutch Pavilion
photo © Adrian Welch
Venice Biennale Dutch Pavilion

Venice Architecture Biennale 2010 Italian Pavilion
Italian Pavilion Venice Architecture Biennale
photograph : Tagliabue Miralles – Miralles tagliabue EMBT
Venice Biennale Italian Pavilion

Venice Architecture Biennale 2010 British Pavilion
Venice Biennale British Pavilion
picture from organisers
Venice Biennale British Pavilion

Venice Architecture Biennale 2010 Danish Pavilion
‘Q&A: Urban Questions _ Copenhagen Answers’
Big House
picture : Ty Stange
Venice Architecture Biennale Danish Pavilion

Venice Architecture Biennale 2010 Irish Pavilion
‘of de Blacam and Meagher’
Venice Architecture Biennale Exhibit
photo / courtesy : Alice Casey/Cian Deegan
Venice Architecture Biennale Irish Pavilion

La Biennale di Venezia 2010 Austrian Pavilion – Exhibit
PATTERNS / 3form
Venice Architecture Biennale Exhibit
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Venice Architecture Biennale 2010 Exhibit

La Biennale di Venezia OMA Installation
Dutch Parliament Extension
image courtesy OMA
Venice Biennale OMA Installation

Venice Architecture Biennale Strelka Event
Strelka – OMA
Strelka Institute
image © Sergey Leontiev for Strelka Institute
Venice Biennale Strelka Event

Beyond Entropy – AA architecture event at Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Isola di san Giorgio Maggiore, Venice, Italy – 27 Aug

Venice Buildings
Ponzano primary school
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Venice Buildings

La Biennale di Venezia Architecture – Previous Years

2008 Venice Biennale director: Aaron Betsky, director of the Cincinnati Art Museum
11th International Architecture Exhibition: ‘Out There. Architecture Beyond Building’

Venice Biennale exhibition 2007 : Dune Formations installation, Scuola dei Mercanti
La Biennale di Venezia exhibition
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La Biennale di Venezia 2008 – Scottish Pavilion
La Biennale di Venezia design
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Scotland’s own exhibition, titled the ‘Gathering Space’ : Venice Biennale 2008

Nordic Pavilion, Biennale di Venezia, Italy
Dates built: 1958-62
Design: Sverre Fehn architect
Nordic Pavilion Venice Biennale di Venezia
photos © David Lawson

Venice Biennale building
photo : Neale Smith Photography
Sverre Fehn architect

La Biennale di Venezia 2004

Architectural Review of Venice Architecture Biennale
Venice Architecture Pavilions
Nordic Pavilion : La Biennale di Venezia
Venice Architecture Biennale by architect Rebecca Wober – review article unique to e-architect
For a century or so, a biannual exhibition has been held in Venice, where visitors can stroll around the gardens to the east of the island, viewing an outpouring of international contemporary art. Recently, the same venues have been host to exhibitions of Architecture, making use of the same national pavilions that are animated every other year by the contemporary art world. This year sees the 9th Venice Architecture Biennale, where a wealth of work from around the world has been collated by Kurt Forster, the “dirretore” for 2004. Forster is an art historian and architect from Zurich, and professor at Universities in America and Europe. The title “Metamorphoses” for this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale show provides a protective cloak for the changing face of architecture today.

Location: Venice, Italy

Italian Architecture

Venice Biennale Arsenale Installation

Venice Biennale Dune Formations : images by Zaha Hadid

Italian Architecture

T-B A21 Olafur Eliasson Pavilion – Art Installation

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