12th International Architecture Exhibition

People meet in Architecture
After a series of editions of the Architecture Biennale directed by eminent critics and historians, this Sector is once again in the hands of an architect, Kazuyo Sejima. The first woman to direct the Architecture Sector of the Biennale, Sejima has recently been awarded the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize 2010 (together with Ryue Nishizawa).
The exhibition "People meet in architecture" will be laid out in the Palazzo delle Esposizioni della Biennale (Giardini) and in the Arsenale, forming a single itinerary, with 46 participants: firms, architects, engineers and artists from around the world. As usual, the Exhibition will present 53 National Participations to be held in the historical Pavilions in the Giardini, in the Arsenale and in various locations throughout the city of Venice. The first-time national participations include Albania, Kingdom of Bahrain, Iran, Malaysia, Republic of Rwanda, and Thailand.
There will be two main projects within the 12th Exhibition: “Architecture Saturdays” and “Destination Biennale di Venezia. Universities meet in architecture”.

"Architecture Saturdays" is the title of an initiative organized by the Biennale and consists of a series of conversations and opportunities for discussion held weekly with architects, critics and figures from the world of architecture in Italy and abroad for the entire period of the Exhibition’s opening. Thirty-five years after the first architecture exhibition to be held by the Biennale di Venezia – entitled A proposito del Mulino Stucky and organized by Vittorio Gregotti at the Magazzini del Sale on the Zattere – the cycle of “Architecture Saturdays” intends to explore the history of the exhibitions that have been held since then, inviting the directors of those editions to a meeting with the public. Each Saturday there will be a meeting, moderated not only by the current director, Kazuyo Sejima, but also by each director of the preceding editions of the Exhibition.
With “Destination Biennale di Venezia. Universities meet in architecture”, the Biennale turns to universities and educational institutes, offering a visit to the Exhibition planned and organized by the institutions and representing a significant didactic and training experience. The project foresees the possibility of setting up specific agreements with the Universities for accrediting groups of at least 50 students, accompanied by lecturers, to transform the visit into university credits. The participating faculties are responsible for organizing the visit programme, which can last up to three days and may include a two-hour seminar organized independently by the faculty itself within a space offered free of charge by the Biennale. Participants in the programme can also take part in one of the “Architecture Saturdays” if their visit takes place at the end of the week.

Further information
In addition 20 Collateral events have been proposed by international organizations and institutions, which will organize their own exhibitions and initiatives in Venice during the occasion. With their proposals and initiatives, the Collateral Events represent an original and significant enrichment of the program of the International Exhibition.

A Park dedicated to Giuseppe Ungaretti
Asian View of Life
Beyond Entropy : when Energy becomes Form
green ethics – habitat - environment
De l’Objet à la Ville avec l’École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs
"On site" considerations on the future of vulnerable cities
Il vuoto e le forme 2010
Immaterial spaces
Le cattedrali del vino. The meeting of two cultures

M9 - A New Museum for a New City. The International Architectural Competition
Mapping Contemporary Venice
from the city of today to the Venice of the future
New Chinese Architecture at Ca’ASI
Paris La Défense Seine Arche, Alex MacLean Given a Free Hand
Provincia italiana – The Italian Provinces

Quotidian Architectures: Hong Kong in Venice
SISMYCITY. L’Aquila 2010
Take A Break: Spatial Variability in Contemporary Taiwan
The Bearable Lightness of Being – The Metaphor of the Space 2
The Garden and Beyond: A Global Garden
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