Sunday, 2 September 2012

Venice Architecture Biennale until 25th November

Unless you have time and spare cash, you will not be able to get to Venice to see this, the world's largest exhibition of architectural design.  But for those of you who want an insight into the climate of contemporary architecture, look up reviews of this exhibition in the press.  This huge space, which has been curated by the architect David Chipperfield, is called 'Common Ground' to reflect a shift of tone in architecture today from the glittering, superstar 'starchitect' (look it up) to the socially and environmentally responsible approach of many architects today.  However, it looks to me as if the 'Starchitect' element in contemporary architecture is still very visible in the exhibition.

See for example the following reviews in the Guardian:

If you find an architect whose work you admire, try to find one of their buildings that you can visit.  To write effectively about buildings and interior spaces, it is essential to experience them in real time and space.

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