17th International Architecture Exhibition How will we live together? inaugurated at the Biennale di Venezia


During the press conference of 17th International Architecture Exhibition at the Biennale di Venezia, held on May 20 at the Teatro Piccolo Arsenale, president Roberto Cicutto announced the participation figures for the 2021 edition. Figures that should not be compared to the past, but considered in light of the difficulties of the last two years.
61 national delegations, 112 participating architecture studios and 7,000 visitors accredited for the pre-opening, as well as 1,100 journalists and 5,500 tickets sold online. According to President Cicutto, the figures represent great satisfaction to be there, after a year of pandemic, not only because of the new-found freedom it represents, but also for the desire to participate in the discussion on issues of fundamental importance to ensure that the mistakes of the past do not happen again in the past. to come up.
The two most common words heard at the press conference were collaboration and communication. The great collective effort behind an international event like the Biennale is tangible, especially in these exceptional times. Collaboration and mutual assistance at all levels, as the press conference recalled, are themselves examples of answers to the open question posed by the title of the exhibition ”.How will we live together?“.

Architect Hashim Sarkis note that participants were not interviewedhow the pandemic has changed the architecture and how the architecture will react “. They do not seek solutions of social distancing or reorganization of space, but present projects offering answers to the concomitant causes of the pandemic, such as climate change, social inequalities, mass migration and deep political polarization. which has emerged over the past 5 years. 10 years in Europe, the United States and many other parts of the world.

These are social, political and spatial issues. “ Politics and policies define the conditions and processes for collective life, but people come together in space, and space helps shape and transform the social contract they establish ”. written Hashim Sarkis in its presentation of the exhibition. “What I want to share with you and bring into the discussion,»Adds the architect during the press conference, referring to the projects exhibited, “This is how these spatial parameters, these spatial exercises, this spatial imagination, can inspire future changes in society and show us different ways of living together“. The curator says the architects:”have the ability to present more inspiring answers than what politics has offered so far in much of the world“. The reasons can be found in their ability to involve different actors and experts in the design and construction process, and their ability to imagine places and spaces in ways different from those dictated by social norms. “Architecture is the art of defining the unpredictable,” mentionned Paulo Mendes da Rocha, and Sarkis recalls this by identifying it as one of the qualities of the projects appearing in the exhibition: resilient architectures capable of anticipating the future.

(Agnese Bifulco)

All images are courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia

The Biennale di Venezia
17th International Architecture Exhibition
How will we live together?
Curator: Hashim Sarkis
Date: (preview May 20 and 21) May 22, 2021 – November 21, 2021
Location: Giardini and Arsenal, Venezia – Italy.

Official website of the Biennale Architettura 2021: www.labiennale.org
Official hashtag: # BiennaleArchitettura2021 #HowWillWeLiveTogether


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