THE AVAILABLE CITY: architects team up with communities for the 4th Chicago Architecture Biennial

Chicago Architecture Biennial 2021, Manuel Hertz Architects @ Central Park Theater - photo Nathan Keay.

Chicago reinvents the Architecture Biennial format putting neighborhoods and people at the centre. Forget artsy, difficult-to-read or self-referring architecture installations… And embrace the vernacular for good.

Natural Capital: Carlo Ratti visualises trees’ key role in reducing CO2 through data

NATURAL CAPITAL by CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati x ENI - Photo by Marco Beck Peccoz, courtesy of CRA.

Energy company Eni and CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati present the ‘Natural Capital’ exhibition highlighting the importance of protecting and conserving forests. At the Brera Botanical Garden, a landscape of floating bubbles visualises through data how much CO2 each human produces and how much each tree species can capture and store.

‘Wetlands,’ the UAE pavilion wins Golden Lion at Venice Architecture Biennale 2021

WETLANDS, UAE exhibition at Venice Biennale 2021 - Photo by Andrea Avezzù, courtesy of La Biennale 2021.

The ‘Wetlands’ exhibition explores the fragile link between waste and production with forward-thinking, innovative and responsible solutions. The United Arab Emirates win the Golden Lion for best National pavilion at the 17th Biennale Architettura di Venezia.

September 2021: Architecture & Design calendar

Supersalone - Render by Andrea Caputo.

September 2021: from Milan to Chicago, from Seoul to London, Beijing and Paris. We round up 15 international fairs, festivals and biennials in this super creative month.

AERODREAM, the incredible history of inflatable architecture and design

Bubble x Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden by Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

The AERODREAM exhibition at the Centre Pompidou-Metz showcases the inflatable work of architects, artists and designers who found alternatives to postwar rationalism ‘within a bubble.’ From the pop icon ‘Blow’ chair to Buckminster Fuller’s ‘Biosphere’ and the inflatable concert hall by Arata Isozaki and Anish Kapoor.

The best of Tokyo Olympics’ architecture, empty but great!

Tokyo Olympics Architecture - Photo via IG by @olympics.

Kengo Kuma, Kenzo Tange and Fumihiko Maki but also Tange Associates, Kume Sekkei and more… Tokyo Olympics’ architecture is cross-generational and great, even if we can’t be there!

Multi-species architecture takes central stage at Venice Biennale 2021

Studio Ossidiana @ Venice Architecture Biennale 2021 - Photo by Riccardo de Vecchi.

We are not alone on this planet. To save it from the social and climate crisis, architects can team up with other beings, learn from bees and birds, look after elephants and harness the unexpected superpowers of algae: 8 multi-species architecture projects and exhibitions on show at the Venice Biennale.

PLATFORM AUSTRIA: Austria Pavilion at Venice Biennale explores the urban impact of digital platforms

WE LIKE, PLATFORM AUSTRIA, Austria pavilion @ Venice Architecture Biennale 2021- © Ugo Carmeni. All photos: courtesy of Austria.Pavilion.

How would our life be without bike-sharing, Zoom, food delivery and dating apps, social networks, Amazon, Uber and Netflix? The PLATFORM AUSTRIA exhibition at Venice Biennale triggers critical thinking on platform-driven cities.

AIR ARIA AIRE: Catalonia in Venice explores the potential of bigdata to heal cities from pollution and the health crisis

Catalonia in Venice: AIR ARIA AIRE - Photo by KNECHTEL.

The AIR ARIA AIRE exhibition combines bidgata research on Barcelona air pollution, a breathing multisensory installation and a polyphonic soundscape to presents an investigation into air as a common asset upon which our survival depends.

The Garden of Privatized Delights, the British Pavilion in Venice asks how to make public space more inclusive

THE GARDEN OF PRIVATISED DELIGHTS, British Pavilion at Venice Biennale 2021 - All photos by Cristiano Corte.

London studio Unscene Architecture presents ‘The Garden of Privatized Delights’ exhibition at the British Pavilion in Venice. The exhibition explores the rapid rise of privately-owned public space, offering an inspiring alternative vision that urges both sectors to work together to create better-designed spaces for all.

How will we live together? Venice Biennale 2021 explores the architectural potential in a post-pandemic world

PHILIP BEESLEY & LIVING ARCH @ Venice Biennale 2021 - Photo by Marco Zorzanello.

After more than a year of isolation and social distancing, Venice Biennale 2021 inaugurates with a big question: How will we live together? Curator Hashim Sarkis, dean of architecture and planning at M.I.T., invited architects to present projects tackling global issues.

Melbourne Design Week 2021 invites to ‘design the world you want’

Crafts by Damon Moon and Liam Fleming # the PRELIMINARY STRUCTURES exhibition - Photo via IG @preliminarystructures photo by Thomas Lentini.

The legacy of objects across generations, urban innovation for entirely self-sufficient future cities and collaborative crafts are among the highlights of Melbourne Design Week 2021.