Architecture – After being postponed due to the Coronavirus emergency, the 17th edition of the world’s most influential architecture event opened to the public after being postponed by one year due to the pandemic. Venice Architecture Biennale 2021 tunes with the “How We Will Together?’” theme and critical thinking question posed by curator Hashim Sarkis.
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 ‘How We Will Together?’ 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 at Giardini – Across Borders and As One Planet.
61 national participations will bring to life the historic Pavilions in the Giardini, at the Arsenale and in the historic city centre of Venice, with 3 countries taking part in the Biennale Architettura for the first time: Grenada, Iraq, Uzbekistan. The Italian Pavilion at Tese delle Vergini, Arsenale, is curated by Alessandro Melis, and focuses on Resilient Communities. The US Pavilion explores wood-framed construction in American architecture and features a wooden frame built around it.
Rafael Moneo wins the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement. Late iconic architect and designer Lina Bo Bardi is the recipient of the Special Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement in memoriam.
A total of 17 Collateral Events have been approved by the Curator, promoted by national and international non-profit entities and institutions. Organized in various venues in Venice, they present a broad spectrum of contributions and participations that enrich the pluralism of voices that distinguishes the Exhibition.
A part of the exhibition is titled How will we play together?, a contribution by 5 international participating architects who have designed a project dedicated to children’s play, on exhibit at Forte Marghera and open to the public.
All photos: courtesy of Venice Architecture Biennale 2021.