Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 – Reporting from the Front – INDEX

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Alejandro Aravena’s preliminary scheme of issues to investigate at the Architecture Biennale 2016

15th Venice Biennale of Architecture – Reporting From the Front – INDEX

Against abundance: pertinence. This is the profound sense of the 15th Venice Biennale exhibition of Architecture, running from May 28 through November 27, 2016, at the Arsenale and the Giardini, as well as in many other venues distributed throughout the entire city.This year’s edition, entitled “Reporting from the Front“, curated by Alejandro Aravena, focuses on the relationship between architecture and contemporary society, looking for a way to transform our design practice into a solution for scarcity, through inventiveness.


The theme of the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016

The poster of the exhibition, representing a woman who looks at the horizon of a desert landscape from atop a ladder, is very intriguing because it invites us to ask ourselves, “what is she seeing?”. Aravena explains that the English traveller and writer Bruce Chatwin, during a tour in Peru, once met the German archaeologist Maria Reiche carrying an aluminum ladder with her, on which she was climbing to see the large geoglyphs of Nazca, explaining that their overall scheme can be understood only by looking from a raised position.

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Paolo Baratta, President of the Biennale di Venezia, and the curator of this year’s edition, Alejandro Aravena, at the press conference of the 15th Architecture exhibition

Such idea of “a different point of view”, that is capable to provide a wider overview of architecture,is the basis on which this year’s Biennale is built upon; Aravena’s idea being that the progress of architecture has no value in itself, but should be an instrument to improve the quality of life by influencing both the material and immaterial dimension of human life.

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above: 15th Venice Architecture Biennale – NLÉ, Makoko floating school under construction, Lagos.

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above: 15th Venice Architecture Biennale – C+S ARCHITECTS,  EDUcare: C+S CARE about education designing school buildings.

Therefore, his curatorial program includes a broad array of issues to which architecture can help find a solution; thus, along with artistic and cultural ones, also social, political, and economic domains will be taken into consideration. By remarking that architecture should comprise a wider set of scopes, Aravena’s aim is to survey and showcase the work of those who, through architecture, successfully coped with subjects such as segregation, social inequality, urban ghettos, lack of access to health care services, consequences of natural disasters, social housing, migration, pollution, and community involvement. He proposes “to share with a broader audience the work of those who look at the horizon looking for new spheres of action” though “examples which merge different dimensions, where the pragmatic combines with the existential, pertinence with boldness, creativity with common sense.”

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15th Venice Architecture Biennale – Simon Velez, Temple Without Religion.

In this index page we will provide you links to all articles Inexhibit publishes on the 15th Biennale of Architecture, covering national pavilions, exhibitions, live events, special projects, and so on.


Maps

You can also find here maps, original images, suggestions, and other stuff that can be useful to the public of the Biennale.

Arsenale exhibition map Architecture Biennale Venice 2016

Layout of the Curator’s exhibition at the Arsenale, image courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia (click to enlarge)

Central Pavilion exhibition map Architecture Biennale Venice 2016

Layout of the Curator’s exhibition in the Giardini’s Central Pavilion, image courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia (click to enlarge)


National Pavilions, collateral exhibitions, and other events


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our articles about Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 – Reporting from the Front – INDEX

12 proposals to regenerate Detroit –  US Pavilion at the 15th Venice Biennale

12 proposals to regenerate Detroit – US Pavilion at the 15th Venice Biennale

The pavilion of the United States at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale presents 12 architectural projects to regenerate 4 derelict areas in Detroit
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15th Venice Architecture Biennale | Nordic Countries pavilion

15th Venice Architecture Biennale | Nordic Countries pavilion

In Therapy, the exhibition of Nordic Countries - Sweden, Norway, and Finland - at the 15th Venice Biennale is an arena to discuss Scandinavian architecture
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15th Venice Architecture Biennale | Pavilion of Ireland

15th Venice Architecture Biennale | Pavilion of Ireland

The Pavilion of Ireland at the Biennale by Niall McLaughlin and Yeoryia Manolopoulou investigates the perception of architecture by people with Alzheimer's
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15th Venice Architecture Biennale | Peru

15th Venice Architecture Biennale | Peru

Our Amazon Frontline is the title of the exhibition, focused on the Plan Selva, in the Peruvian Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016.
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15th Venice Architecture Biennale | Poland

15th Venice Architecture Biennale | Poland

What if a building can be certified "fair trade" like other products? This is the question upon which is based the exhibition of Poland at the Biennale 2016
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15th Venice Architecture Biennale | Reporting from the front – p.1/Giardini

15th Venice Architecture Biennale | Reporting from the front – p.1/Giardini

Venice Architecture Biennale 2016: exhibition at Giardini by curator Alejandro Aravena. Including projects by SANAA, Chipperfield, LAN, and Vo Trong Nghia, among others
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15th Venice Architecture Biennale | Spain

15th Venice Architecture Biennale | Spain

The Spanish pavilion, Golden Lion winner at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016, focuses on the many buildings unfinished after the 2008 financial crisis
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15th Venice Architecture Biennale | Thai Pavilion

15th Venice Architecture Biennale | Thai Pavilion

Surrounded by oscillating poles, 9 schools built after the Chiang Rai earthquake are presented in the Thai Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016
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15th Venice Biennale – Aravena’s core exhibition part 2 : Arsenale

15th Venice Biennale – Aravena’s core exhibition part 2 : Arsenale

The core exhibition by the Venice Architecture Biennale director Alejandro Aravena, part 2: Arsenale: ETH Zurich, Kengo Kuma, Tadao Ando, Atelier Bow Wow,...
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ACTIVE VOICE | Installation at “Time Space Existence” exhibition

ACTIVE VOICE | Installation at “Time Space Existence” exhibition

"Active Voice" by Louise Braverman Architect, describes the collaborative design process for the creation of a charter school in a community in Staten Island
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BLUE: The Netherlands at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016

BLUE: The Netherlands at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016

The exhibition "Blue" in the Dutch pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2016 investigates the role of architecture in United Nations' peacekeeping missions
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British Pavilion – Venice Architecture Biennale 2016

British Pavilion – Venice Architecture Biennale 2016

"Home Economics. Five new models for domestic life", the exhibition of the United Kingdom at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale, focuses on housing, a hot topic in Britain
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Christian Kerez investigates architecture’s limits | Switzerland -15th Biennale

Christian Kerez investigates architecture’s limits | Switzerland -15th Biennale

Christian Kerez and his student at ETH created a geode-like experimental architecture made in concrete for the Swiss pavilion at the 15th Venice Biennale
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Denmark’s architectural wunderkammer – 15th Venice Biennale

Denmark’s architectural wunderkammer – 15th Venice Biennale

The exhibition of Denmark at the Venice Biennale 2016, curated by Boris Brorman Jensen and Kristoffer Lindhardt Weiss, is an architectural "wunderkammer"
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EN: art of nexus – Japan at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale

EN: art of nexus – Japan at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale

EN: art of nexus, the exhibition of Japan at the Venice Architecture Biennale, presents works by young architects conceived to promote social relations
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LifeObject – Israel at the Venice Biennale 2016

LifeObject – Israel at the Venice Biennale 2016

"LifeObject", the exhibition in the pavilion of Israel at the Venice Biennale 2016, investigates the relationship between biology and architecture
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Makoko Floating School II by Kunlé Adeyemi – NLÉ

Makoko Floating School II by Kunlé Adeyemi – NLÉ

The revised Makoko Floating School II by Nigerian architect Kunlé Adeyemi, from NLÉ, winner of the Silver Lion at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016
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Pavilion of Argentina – Venice Architecture Biennale 2016

Pavilion of Argentina – Venice Architecture Biennale 2016

Inspired by Jorge Luis Borges, the exhibition of Argentina at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 is a timber labyrinth which evokes an endlessness Pampa
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Pavilion of France – Venice Architecture Biennale 2016

Pavilion of France – Venice Architecture Biennale 2016

"New Riches", the French exhibition at the Venice Biennale 2016, criticizes the idea of buildings made by few starchitects for a handful of wealthy people
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Pavilion of Germany | Venice Architecture Biennale 2016

Pavilion of Germany | Venice Architecture Biennale 2016

Four new large openings framed in steel have transformed the German pavilion for the 2016 edition of the Venice Architecture Biennale.
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Pavilion of the People’s Republic of China – Venice Architecture Biennale 2016

Pavilion of the People’s Republic of China – Venice Architecture Biennale 2016

"Daily Design, Daily Tao", in the pavilion of the People's Republic of China, is one of the best exhibitions at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale
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Taking Care. Italy at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale

Taking Care. Italy at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale

The exhibition of Italy at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale focuses on projects which "takes care of people, places, principles and resources"
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The pavilion of Austria at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016

The pavilion of Austria at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016

The exhibition of Austria at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 presents a project aimed to find creative solutions to give good shelter to immigrants
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The Pool – Australia at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016

The Pool – Australia at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016

The exhibition of Australia at the 15th Venice Biennale of Architecture presents the pool as a distinctively Australian democratic and social space
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The surprising LACMA extension by Zumthor

The surprising LACMA extension by Zumthor

Swiss architect Peter Zumthor designed a curvilinear extension for the east campus of LACMA Los Angeles County Museum of Art, raised 30 feet over the ground
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Two Arsenals, One Vessel. Turkey at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale

Two Arsenals, One Vessel. Turkey at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale

The exhibition of Turkey at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 features a phantom vessel made with wreckage recovered in Instanbul: an invite to infringe barriers across the Mediterranean
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Venice biennale | Alejandro Aravena curator of 15th Architecture exhibition

Venice biennale | Alejandro Aravena curator of 15th Architecture exhibition

The board of La Biennale di Venezia has announced that Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena will be the curator of the 15th Architecture Exhibition
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Venice | exhibition “Time Space Existence”

Venice | exhibition “Time Space Existence”

As collateral event of the 15th Architecture Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia “Time Space Existence” presents an international group of architects
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Venice | Zaha Hadid exhibition at the Palazzo Franchetti

Venice | Zaha Hadid exhibition at the Palazzo Franchetti

From May 27, 2016, during the 15th Venice Biennale of Architecture, an exhibition at Palazzo Franchetti pays homage to the 40-year long career of Zaha Hadid
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