Venice Biennale – new name and that’s pretty much it

Time when all architects will have opportunity to show off how humble they are is coming again. Grafton Architects’ Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara announced new theme for upcoming Venice Biennale of Architecture – Freespace.

Let’s get things straight here – theme is intelligent and tries to focus our attention to overlooked features of architecture. It will be fun to see projects talking about “sunlight and moonlight, air, gravity, materials – natural and man-made resources”. In the next biennial we might find more explorations of boundaries of architecture, features which might be scrapped in standard template developments, things which often seem of secondary priority. However behind well written description we still find same old agenda – social responsibility and sustainability – themes which been going on for a quite some time. It was smart to replace overused words with phrases like “inventing solutions where architecture provides for the well being and dignity of each citizen of this fragile planet“, “We see the earth as Client” and “meaningful contact between people and place“. However different words does not always give new meaning. It seems that current ongoing fascination with edges and boundaries of profession is leaving the middle completely forgotten.

Can’t wait to see all these architects again in Venice coming from all around the world, staying in nice hotels, having great parties while at the same time talking how humble, socially responsible and sustainable they are. And after two years repeat again.

In words of Kendrick Lamar:

(Hol’ up, bitch) be humble

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