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.

Covid-19 has re-shaped iconic carnival capitals from Rio to Venice and New Orleans

Venice Carnival - Photo by Archipanic.

Carnival 2021: Oscar Niemeyer’s Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro has been transformed into a Covid-Drome and works as a vaccine drive through, Venice empty streets offer locals a chance to reflect on ‘overtourism’ while New Orleans residents, orphan of the traditional Mardi Gras parade, have transformed their houses into floats.

Venice Biennale 2020: THE DISQUIETED MUSES exhibition brings contemporary arts together

Venice Biennale 2020 THE DISQUIETED MUSES - Photo by Marco Cappelletti, courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia.

THE DISQUIETED MUSES exhibition showcases documents sourced from La Biennale’s archives cross-pollinating art, architecture, cinema, dance, theatre and music. The displays by Formafantasma combines unpainted frames and tables in plywood, colored textiles and black and white blown up pictures.

Summer 2020: 5 unbuilt pavilions due to the COVID-19 emergency

Pavilion of African Diaspora by Ini Archibong x London Design Biennale 2020 - Image by Ini Archibong.

From Burning Man’s ‘Empyrean’ temple to Tokyo Olympics and Venice Biennale architectures. 5 unbuilt pavilions we will be able to visit after the pandemic.

Nomad Venice 2019 pays tribute to the city’s glass heritage and traditional artisanship

Athr Gallery at Nomad Venice 2019 - Photo by Filippo Bamberghi

At Nomad Venice 2019, international galleries translated the city’s history into golden chandeliers, acrylic docking and mirroring glass installations.

Summer 2019: 7 architecture and design experiences for your holidays

Summer 2019. Matthieu Lehanneur @ Design Parade, Villa Noailles - Photo by Felipe Ribon.

A design festival on a stunning villa in Côte d’Azur, Tel Aviv’s Bauhaus tours and New York’s celebration of moon landing 50th anniversary but also Venice Biennale and São Paulo Design Weekend. Explore the best events, fairs and exhibitions marking Summer 2019!

Will the world end while we be chatting about suntan and summer holidays? Think about it at the Lithuanian Pavilion in Venice

Lithuanian Pavilion - Photo by Andrea Avezzu - Courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia.

Golden Lion-awarded Lithuanian Pavilion at Venice Biennale 2019 has transformed a post-industrial military architecture into an artificial beach revealing our frivolous inertia in front of the climate change emergency in a honest non-preachy way.

Venice Art Week 2019: 6 architecture and design-related exhibitions

Kenneth Goldsmith's "HILLARY - The Hillary Clinton Emails" at Despar Teatro Italia - Photo © Giorgio De Vecchi, Gerda Studio.

A library of exile in Venice Jewish Ghetto and a supermarket where to shop Hillary Clinton’s emails but also Fornasetti’s dreamlike installation at Fondaco Tedeschi and Dante’s Inferno, Russian style! We selected 6 architecture and design-related exhibitions inaugurating at Venice Art Week 2019.

The ‘DYSFUNCTIONAL’ exhibition in Venice explores the boundaries between art and design

'Inside a Forest Cloud' chandelier by Nacho Carbonell @ DYSFUNCTIONAL exhibtion - Image by Carpenters Workshop Gallery.

Carpenters Workshop Gallery and Lombard Odier inaugurate the DYSFUNCTIONAL exhibition at the Galleria Giorgio Franchetti at the Ca’ D’Oro in Venice. On show, works by international designers such as Virgil Abloh, Nacho Carbonell and Matthieu Lehanneur which seek to forget functionality whilst celebrating the power of artistic expression and extraordinary craftsmanship.

Summer 2018: 7 holiday destinations offering serendipitous architectural experiences

HOPE mural by Alfalfa - Photo by Bloop Festival.

Summer 2018 – From Brazil to Japan, from Burning Man to Venice Biennale, but also Ibiza, the Maldives and Bruges… We selected 7 holiday destinations providing architectural unexpected discoveries.

MEMPHIS – PLASTIC FIELD exhibition in Venice celebrates the geometric shapes and the bright colours of the rebel design group

MEMPHIS - PLASTIC FIELD exhibition by Fondazione Berengo - Photo by Francesco Allegretto.

Fondazione Berengo presents the exhibition MEMPHIS – PLASTIC FIELD which highlights the irreverent spirit of the Memphis group by framing iconic designs within the sumptuous halls of a 16th century Venician palazzo.