How will we live together?

17th International Architecture Exhibition | La Biennale di Venezia

Achim Menges / ICD University of Stuttgart e Jan Knippers / ITKE University of Stuttgart (Achim Menges; Jan Knippers) Material Culture: Rethinking the Physical Substrate for Living Together, 2021 - Photo © Marco Zorzanello
Achim Menges / ICD University of Stuttgart e Jan Knippers / ITKE University of Stuttgart (Achim Menges; Jan Knippers) Material Culture: Rethinking the Physical Substrate for Living Together, 2021 - Photo © Marco Zorzanello

Open to the public from Saturday 22 May through Sunday 21 November 2021 at the Giardini, the Arsenale, and Forte Marghera the 17th International Architecture Exhibition titled How will we live together? is curated by Hashim Sarkis and organized by La Biennale di Venezia.

The International Exhibition includes 112 participants in competition from 46 countries, with a growing delegation from Africa, Latin America and Asia and with a wide female representation. The Exhibition is organized into five scales, three are exhibited in the Arsenale – Among Diverse Beings, As New Households, As Emerging Communities – and two in the Central Pavilion – Across Borders and As One Planet.

Arsenale - Photo © Marco Zorzanello
MAEID [Büro für Architektur und transmediale Kunst] - Magic Queen [from the Artificial Ecologies series], 2020
Michael Maltzan Architecture - The Sixth Street Viaduct Replacement Project, 2020
Peju Alatise - Alasiri: Doors for Concealment or Revelation, 2020
Arsenale - Photo © Marco Zorzanello
MAEID
Michael Maltzan Architecture
Peju Alatise
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“Unpacking the Question:
The theme of this Biennale Architettura is its title. The title is a question: How will we live together?. The question is open.
How: Speaks to practical approaches and concrete solutions, highlighting the primacy of problem- solving in architectural thinking.
Will: Signals looking toward the future but also seeking vision and determination, drawing from the power of the architectural imaginary.
We: Is first person plural and thus inclusive of other peoples, of other species, appealing to a more empathetic understanding of architecture.
Live: Means not simply to exist but to thrive, to flourish, to inhabit, and to express life, tapping into architecture’s inherent optimism.
Together: Implies collectives, commons, universal values, highlighting architecture as a collective form and a form of collective expression.
?: Indicates an open question, not a rhetorical one, looking for (many) answers, celebrating the plurality of values in and through architecture”.

From the Statement by Hashim Sarkis, Curator of the 17th International Architecture Exhibition.

Philip Beesley & Living Architecture Systems Group / University of Waterloo School of Architecture - Grove, 2021
Sean Lally Architecture - Shaped Touches, 2021
Superflux London - Refuge for Resurgence, 2020
UNLESS Antarctic Resolution, 2020 250 times per second. Installation by artist Arcangelo Sassolino, developed in collaboration UNLESS - Photo © Marco Zorzanello
Philip Beesley & Living Architecture Systems Group
Sean Lally Architecture
Superflux London
UNLESS - Photo © Marco Zorzanello
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Biennale Architettura 2021 has been made possible by the support of Rolex, Partner and Official Watch of the event.
We would like to thank the Sponsors of Biennale Architettura 2021: Artemide, Edison, Vela – Venezia Unica and Paola Lenti.
We would also like to thank Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton.

Photo © Marco Zorzanello