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13th International Architecture Exhibition: “Common Ground”

If you happen to be in Venice you just can’t miss the great opportunity to visit the wonderful 13th International Architecture Exhibition titled Common Ground, open to the public from Wednesday August 29th until Sunday November 25th 2012, at the Giardini della Biennale and at the Arsenale.

The Exhibition designed by David Chipperfield, a person who entertains a very intense vision of architecture as practice, is spread over 10.000 square meters and it comprises 69 projects made by architects, photographers, artists, critics and scholars from all over the world for a total of 119 participants. It’s interesting to note that, this year, four nations are participating for the first time: Angola, the Republic of Kosovo, Kuwait and Peru. Argentina exhibits for the first time in its own pavilion in the space newly renovated of the Sale d’Armi at the Arsenale.

This year’s theme brings back the talking about real architecture in order to help architects emerge from the crisis of identity and, at the same time, present to the public a chance to look inside this world, make architecture familiar and more close to people’s lives.

Chipperfield clarifies that he chose this theme “to encourage my colleagues to react against the prevalent professional and cultural tendencies of our time that place such emphasis on individual and isolated actions. I encouraged them instead to demonstrate the importance of influence and of the continuity of cultural endeavor, to illustrate common and shared ideas that form the basis of an architectural culture”.

Italy remains the spiritual home of architecture – adds Chipperfield. Here we can fully understand the importance of buildings not as individual spectacles but as the manifestations of collective values and as the settings for daily life. This tangible sense of context and history remind us that our built world is a testament to the continuous evolution of architectural language and critical to our understanding of the world around us. With this in mind, I was inspired to direct this Biennale towards concerns of continuity, context and memory, towards shared influences and expectations, and to address the apparent lack of understanding that exists between the profession and society”.

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