Director of Biennale Architetcture 2010
Saturday 20 November 2010 at 2 pm
Arsenale, Teatro alle Tese
Paolo Baratta, President of La Biennale
Antòn Garcìa-Abril, Christian Kerez and Hans Ulrich Obrist.
The Directorship of La Biennale has been very joyful. I have had a wonderful year working with everyone here in Venice and all over the world. This work has clarified many parts of architecture for me. I am a practicing architect and hope to continue. Thinking about architecture outside of our own office has changed my work forever. The exhibition has done for me what I hope it would do for other people, open architecture to new points of ways of connecting people. I have made so many new friends. I feel that so many people have been very generous with me. The process of the biennale has also been an exercise in people meeting in architecture. I do not know if this exhibition is the start of something new or if it clarifies a new lifestyle of the 21st century. It has done this for me personally but I have been here a lot. We hoped that people would feel something when they went to Venice this year. Everyone that I have spoken with seems to have had a different feeling. People have found their own way through the
Biennale and it feels like people have found a way to connect the exhibition to their lives. People have brought and found many new possibilities. I want to thank everyone who participated in making this a wonderful Biennale.