THE MANIFESTO OF BIENNALE ARCHITETTURA 2016 IS A OLD LADY ON A ALUMINUM LADDER LOOKING AT A DESOLATED LAND. ALEJANDRO ARAVENA, CURATOR OF BIENNALE ARCHITETTURA 2016, SAYS THAT THIS IMAGE TAKEN BY BRUCE CHATWIN DURING HIS TRIP TO SOUTH AMERICA, REPRESENTS LA BIENNALE, WITH ITS ATTITUDES AND GOALS
What does the lady see? Climbing up onto the highest steps, she can gaze over a far broader horizon and by doing so conquers an “expanded eye”, seeing signs of creativity and hope, the here-and-now.
Biennale 2016 represents Architecture as the manifestation of a formal style, the demonstration of the ability of humans to become masters of their own destinies, an instrument of social and political life.
It doesn’t want to become a place for specialists alone: an exhibition just for architects. The goal is to offer a new point of view like the one Maria Reiche (the old lady) had on the ladder.
REPORTING FROM THE FRONT presents architecture in action as a way to improve people’s quality of life through the range of issues to which architecture is expected to respond.
Walking through the pavilions you have the feeling that architecture is useful in catalysing the creation of public goods and highlights the fact that is called to respond to more than one dimension at the time, integrating a variety of fields instead of choosing one or another. Discover here the best highlights from Arsenale.
Photos by E. Virago