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16th Venice Architecture Biennale, 2018

16th International Architecture Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia

26 May - 25 November 2018
Preview: 24 and 25 May

Der Vorstand der Biennale di Venezia unter dem Vorsitz von Paolo Baratta ernannte Yvonne Farrell und Shelley McNamara zu Kuratorinnen der 16. Internationale Architekturausstellung 2018.

Präsident Paolo Baratta erklärte dazu u.a.:

"Die von Alejandro Aravena kuratierte Ausstellung bot den Besuchern einen kritischen Überblick über die weltweite Entwicklung von Architektur und betonte, wie wichtig es ist, dass eine qualifizierte Nachfrage auf Seiten von Individuen und Gemeinschaften auf eine gleichermaßen effektive Antwort trifft. Dabei wurde bestätigt, dass Architektur eines der Instrumente der Zivilgesellschaft ist, den Raum in dem sie lebt und arbeitet, zu organisieren.

Yvonne Farrell und Shelley McNamara werden in dieser Richtung weitermachen und dasselbe Thema aufgreifen, aber aus der Perspektive der Qualität des öffentlichen und privaten Raums, des urbanen Raums, des Territoriums und der Landschaft als dem Hauptzweck von Architektur. Die Kuratorinnen, berühmt für die Finesse ihrer Arbeit, sind auch für ihre intensive didaktische Aktivität und ihr Geschick bekannt, junge Generationen einzubeziehen und zu begeistern."

Yvonne Farrell und Shelley McNamara gaben der 16. Internationalen Architekturausstellung den Titel Freespace und erläuterten ihre Wahl wie folgt:

Freespace describes a generosity of spirit and a sense of humanity at the core of architecture's agenda, focusing on the quality of space itself. Freespace focuses on architecture’s ability to provide free and additional spatial gifts to those who use it and on its ability to address the unspoken wishes of strangers.

Freespace celebrates architecture’s capacity to find additional and unexpected generosity in each project - even within the most private, defensive, exclusive or commercially restricted conditions.

Freespace provides the opportunity to emphasise nature’s free gifts of light - sunlight and moonlight, air, gravity, materials - natural and man-made resources.

Freespace encourages reviewing ways of thinking, new ways of seeing the world, of inventing solutions where architecture provides for the well being and dignity of each citizen of this fragile planet.

Freespace can be a space for opportunity, a democratic space, un-programmed and free for uses not yet conceived. 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.

Freespace encompasses freedom to imagine, the free space of time and memory, binding past, present and future together, building on inherited cultural layers, weaving the archaic with the contemporary.

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"A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in" - Greek Proverb.

President Paolo Baratta stated: "As was the case for the previous editions of Biennale Architettura, we continue our investigation into the relationship between architecture and civil society. The divide between architecture and civil society, caused by the latter's increasing difficulty in expressing its own needs and finding appropriate answers, has led to dramatic urban developments whose main feature is the marked absence of public spaces, or the growth of other areas dominated by indifference in the suburbs and peripheries of our cities.
The absence of architecture makes the world poorer and diminishes the level of public welfare, otherwise reached by economic and demographic developments. To rediscover architecture means to renew a strong desire for the quality of the spaces where we live, which are a form of public wealth that needs to be constantly protected, renovated and created. This is the path taken by the next Biennale Architettura."

(Aus Presseinformationen.
© Übersetzung der Einleitung: Haupt & Binder.
© Foto von Yvonne Farrell und Shelley McNamara:
Courtesy La Biennale di Venezia)

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