The 13th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice will run from 29th August through 25th November 2012. The theme of this years Biennale is Common Ground and is directed by David Chipperfield.
“The selection of participants for this year’s Biennale evolved in response to the Common Ground theme. We began with a desire to emphasise shared ideas over individual authorship, and realised that this required us to initiate dialogues rather simply make a selection of individuals. We began by asking a limited group of architects to develop ideas that might lead to further invitations: everyone was asked to propose a project along with a dialogue that reacted to the theme and showed architecture in its context of influence and affinity, history and language, city and culture.
The final list of contributors demonstrates a rich culture of difference rather than a selection of edited and promoted positions. We want to emphasise the common ground that the profession shares, notwithstanding the apparent diversity of today’s architectural production. The sharing of differences is critical to the idea of an architectural culture”.
The participants have just been announced and Shelley McNamara and Yvonne Farrell from GRAFTON ARCHITECTS and Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey from O’DONNELL + TUOMEY ARCHITECTS are included in the David Chipperfield programme.
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