Theme revealed for 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale


The curators of the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale have announced the theme for the 16th International Architecture Exhibition.

Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara of Dublin-based Grafton Architects titled the exhibition ‘Freespace’, which will explore “a generosity of spirit and a sense of humanity at the core of architecture’s agenda, focusing on the quality of space itself,” they said.

The exhibition invites emotional and intellectual engagement of the many who come to the Biennale in order to understand architecture more fully, to stimulate discussion on core architectural values and to celebrate architecture’s proven and enduring contribution to humanity.

The creative directors call on national participants to reveal the diversity, specificity and continuity in architecture based on people, place, time, history, to sustain the culture and relevance of architecture on this dynamic planet.

The Biennale Architettura 2018 will present, for public scrutiny, examples, proposals, elements – built or unbuilt – of work that exemplifies essential qualities of architecture which include the modulation, richness and materiality of surface; the orchestration and sequencing of movement, revealing the embodied power and beauty of architecture. The theme will also explore architecture’s role in providing the opportunity to emphasise nature’s free gifts.

“We see the earth as client,” said Farrell and McNamara. “This brings with it long-lasting responsibilities. Architecture is the play of light, sun, shade, moon, air, wind, gravity in ways that reveal the mysteries of the world. All of these resources are free.”

The 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale will run from  May 26 to  November 25, 2018.


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