The Architecture Biennale 2016 (May 28 – November 27) promises to be a very interesting exhibition. Curator Alejandro Aravena has chosen ‘Reporting from the front’ as the official title and it is now up to the national participations to translate this in an appealing exposition. As usual, the main venues are Giardini and the Arsenale, but the many national and collateral events across the historic centre of Venice are certainly worth a few days extra. On this page, you can find the links to my posts on the Architecture Biennale als well als the links to the previews of the national participations.
To prepare you for the upcoming Architecture Biennale, I have published a short (p)review of the national participations. The previews have been updated with my personal review after my visit to the Biennale and with some pictures.
Australia: The Pool
Austria: Places for People
Finland: From Border to Home
France: Nouvelles Richesses
Germany: Making Heimat. Germany, Arrival Country
Korea: The FAR Game: Constraints Sparking Creativity
Netherlands: Blue: Architecture of UN Peacekeeping Missions
Poland: Fair Building
Russia: Exhibition of National Economic Achievement
Switzerland: Incidental Space
United Kingdom: Home Economics
United States: The Architectural Imagination
China: Daily Design, Daily Tao
Italy: Taking Care – Progettare per il bene comune
Peru: Our Amazon Frontline
Singapore: Space to Imagine, Room for Everyone
South Africa: Cool Capital: The Capital of Guerilla Design Citizenship
Turkey: Darzanà: Two Arsenals, One Vessel
United Arab Emirates: Transformations: The Emirati National House
Baltic States: The Baltic Pavilion
New Zealand: Future Islands
Nigeria: Diminished Capacity
Philippines: Muhon: Place Markers In The Search For Emerging Identity
Portugal: Neighbourhood: Where Álvaro meets Aldo
If you want to completely immerge yourself in the exhibition, you could order the catalogue of the 2016 Architecture Biennale online. The 668 pages of text and images weigh quite heavily, so you might want to leave the carrying up to the postman instead of dragging it in your luggage. Many pavilions have also published a book for this occasion. You can find these in the preview of each pavilion.
I have asked the curators of the national participations why you should visit their pavilion during their visit. You can find their replies in this video.
In the coming weeks, I will publish some additional posts on the Architecture Biennale. So, keep a close eye to this page and register for the newsletter, and you will be well-prepared for your visit. If you would like to take the opportunity to discover Venice while you are there for the Biennale, I would be more than happy to make your life easier and your trip more fascinating with a personalized Venice Insider Program.
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