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The 12th Architecture Biennale in Venice has been curated by Japanese architect Kazuyo Seijima of SANAA. We select some of the most innovative international design talent at the show.

An Introduction to the 12th Architecture Biennale by its director, Kazuyo Sejima of SANAA:

The 2010 Architecture Biennale should be a reflection on architecture.
The twenty-first century has just started. Many radical changes are taking place.
In such a rapid-changing context, can architecture clarify new values and a new lifestyle for the present? Hopefully, this show will be a chance to experience the manifold possibilities of architecture, as well as to account for its plurality of approaches, each one of them being a different way of living.

Nowadays, it feels as if we are living in a post ideological society.
We are more connected than ever, our culture, as well as our economy, has become global. Because of this, people’s consciousness and lifestyles change, theoretically and substantially. Sometimes relationships get shaped through indirect communication. Still, we believe that architecture plays a significant role in this: it has the power to open up new perspectives.

The selection criterion has led to architects, artists and engineers who, in return to this call, propose a way to investigate relationships among people. Each dynamic relationship has its roots in actual, physical space. Matthias Schuler of Transsolar, for instance, in collaboration with Tetsuo Kondo, has proposed a real scale cloud. It is an installation that forces people into a new reading of space simply because its edges are ephemeral. Other projects do not necessarily display an overt original style, whereas some others are clearly at the very edge of technology. R&Sie(n) are presenting an installation that represents human life cycles through projected lights, which speaks about how we ultimately perceive space. Further on, we have invited many architects to study their own work in films that will be shown in an attempt to examine how people make space what it is by living in it. In this exhibition Architecture can be shown as a generator of new forms of understanding.

The idea is to help people relate to architecture, to help architecture relate to people, and to help people relate to themselves.


More info:

The Architecture Biennale runs until November 21
http://www.labiennale.org

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