Venice Architecture Biennale takes a primordial turn
Contemporary Art | Under the directorship of the Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena, the 15th Venice Biennale of architecture reflects on profound global transformations.
Entitled “Reporting from the front,” the 15th Venice Mostra invites 88 architects from 37 countries to reflect on an architectural practice that would respond to contemporary issues : multiculturalism, mass migration, peripheries, standard of living… with no costly projects or parades of star architects on the horizon. The 2016 biennale offers a re-reading of the architect’s role in the face of social and political realities inherent in our current social models. Celebrated for his pragmatic approach to the discipline, Alejandro Aravena, winner of the 2008 Silver Lion and the 2016 Pritzker Prize, invites new thinking on provisional, mobile and collaborative projects. In this spirit, the majority of invited architects are young – 50 are participating in the Biennale for the first time and 33 are under 40 - and will be featured alongside established figures such as Renzo Piano and Kazuyo Sejima.