Monocle on Design

‘Reporting from the front’ – Venice Architecture Biennale

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7 June 2016

Episode 243

30 minutes

We decamp to Veneto in northern Italy for a report on the best from the 15th International Venice Architecture Biennale. Chilean curator (and recent Pritzker Prize-winner) Alejandro Aravena has invited the designers of 61 national pavilions to explore how architecture can tackle some of the pressing social and political concerns of our times. Monocle’s Chiara Rimella reports.

7 June 2016

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Austria, Turkey and Germany

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Interviews with the teams behind the pavilions of three very different European nations, each providing an optimistic and inventive reflection on the influx of refugees to the continent.

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Finland and Romania

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Two perspectives from Europe’s peripheries. The Finnish entry questions the political response to the challenges thrown up by mass migration, while Romania’s cranked-up offering questions architecture’s role in providing freedom of movement.

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Australia and Spain

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These pavilions consider the symbolism of manmade structures that are ubiquitous across the landscapes of Australia and Spain, respectively. For Australia, that’s the swimming pool. For Spain, it’s a less-desirable architectural staple: the abandoned construction sites that litter the country in the wake of the financial crisis.

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