16th Venice Biennale of Architecture

The Venice Architecture Biennale will celebrate new ways of thinking and seeing the world this year through the title Freespace, selected by curators Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara. Running from the 26th May – 25th November, 71 participants will explore buildings and proposals that are examples of ‘generosity and thoughtfulness’ in architecture throughout the world.

Freespace can be a space for opportunity, a democratic space, un-programmed and free for uses not yet conceived,” according to Farrell and McNamara. “There is an exchange between people and buildings that happens, even if not intended or designed, so buildings themselves find ways of sharing and engaging with people over time, long after the architect has left the scene. Architecture has an active as well as a passive life.”

The Australian pavilion, titled Repair, will be presented by Mauro Baracco and Louise Wright of Baracco+Wright Architects, in collaboration with artist Linda Tegg. The pavilion will look at architecture that that works with natural systems to repair the environment. It is also exciting to see six countries exhibiting for the first time, including Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.

[Main image: Henhouse of the Taiyang Organic Farming Commune. Photo by Lu Hengzhong, photo courtesy of the Pavilion of China, 16th Venice Architecture Biennale]

Where: Venice, Italy

When: 26th May - 25th November 2018

How much: See website for details

More info: Venice Architecture Biennale website

BACK

Recent Articles

  • Portable picnic: onigiri

    Onigiri is a staple found everywhere in Japan: from the aisles of convenience stores to fancy food halls. This week, the wonderful Julia Busuttil Nishimura shares two quick recipes for home made onigiri with mustard greens and umeboshi, and mushroom onigiri (scroll down for more), for a rice-filled belly on the go
  • Reimagining the Gaybourhood

    As a number of Melbourne's prominent gay venues started to close down, Sam Cremean felt a sense of loss. This prompted him to investigate what was happening to gay neighbourhoods internationally. He discovered that these important spaces were slowly disappearing from cities around the world
  • Sunyata: The Poetics of Emptiness

    Where European architecture starts with the exterior shape of the building, Asian buildings are imagined from the inside out. Curators of the acclaimed Indonesia Pavilion at Venice Biennale 2018, Ary Indra and David Setiadi, elucidate how 'emptiness' is sculpted in Indonesian architecture, one remarkable building at a time