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15th International Architecture Exhibition

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15th International Architecture Exhibition


Meetings on Architecture at the Biennale Architettura 2016

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05 | 13 | 2016

The Meetings on Architecture are back for the 15th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. This programme of events on the themes and case studies presented at the Exhibition will take place throughout the whole period of Biennale Architettura 2016, involving the architects and participants of REPORTING FROM THE FRONT curated by Alejandro Aravena.
“If the ultimate goal of the Biennale is to share knowledge and exchange experiences – Aravena explains - we should offer a variety of channels for that to take place. Meeting the authors and listening to their experiences is still one of the most powerful ways to learn from others. Once a month, some of the participants will have a conversation and share with the public their insights, doubts, and the turning points in the projects that they are showing. We have organised them around themes, but architecture by nature always integrates more than one dimension. These Meetings will thus be a way to get from the authors themselves the richness and complexity of the built environment, and what it takes to get things done.”

PROGRAMME of the Meetings on Architecture
Joan Clos, Rem Koolhaas, Norman Foster, Andrew Makin, Grupo EPM
Teatro Piccolo Arsenale, 3pm
Mexico Project, BeL Sozietät für Architektur, Assemble, Al Borde
Teatro alle Tese, 3pm
Werner Sobek, Solano Benitez, Ochsendorf, DeJong & Block , Simón Vélez
Teatro alle Tese, 3pm
September 24th | SCARCITY
VAVStudio, Anna Heringer, Francis Keré,
Adeyemi Kunlé, Rural Urban Framework
Teatro alle Tese, 3pm
October 29th| ENVIRONMENT
Michael Braungart, Batlle i Roig Arquitectes, Hugon Kowalski, Transsolar
Teatro alle Tese, 3pm
November 26th | CONFLICTS
Milinda Pathiraja, Shigeru Ban, Manuel Herz, Eyal Weizman, Robert Jan van Pelt
Teatro alle Tese, 3pm
The Meetings on Architecture are realised with the support of Rolex. Arnaud Boetsch, Director Communication & Image, has stated that “Rolex is proud to be associated with another thought-provoking Biennale Architettura. Our additional support to the Meetings on Architecture will further enhance the Exhibition’s reputation as the foremost forum for architectural ideas.”
The Meetings on Architecture will take place in conjunction with a number of events linked to the Special Projects of the 15th Exhibition, especially the Project of the London School of Economics and Political Science curated by Ricky Burdett and the Forte Marghera’s Special Project.
The annual conference Urban Age titled Shaping Cities: Conflicts Of An Urban Age, scheduled for July 14th and 15th from 10:30 am at the Teatro alle Tese Arsenale, will explore the interrelationships between urban form and urban society, focusing on the social, spatial and political forces that shape cities. The conference will be hosted by La Biennale di Venezia in the context of Habitat III - United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Quito, Ecuador, 17-20 October 2016). It is a joint initiative of the London School of Economics and Political Science and Deutsche Bank’s Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft, with the aim of shaping the debate and influencing policy-making in global cities.
PROGRAMME of Urban Age – Shaping Cities: Conflicts of an Urban Age
Joan Clos, Executive Director, UN Habitat
Ricky Burdett, Director LSE Cities & Urban Age
Paolo Baratta, President of La Biennale di Venezia
Alejandro Aravena, Architect, Director of Biennale Architettura 2016, Pritzker Prize 2016
Sue Parnell, Professor, African Centre for Cities
Jennifer Musisi, Executive Director of Kampala
Enrique Peñalosa, Mayor of Bogotá
Paul Achleitner, Chairman, supervisory board, Deutsche Bank
Jean-Louis Missika, Deputy Mayor, Paris
Abdoumalik Simone, Research Professor, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity
Richard Sennett, Professor of Sociology, LSE Philipp Rode, Executive Director LSE Cities
Babatunde Fashola, Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Federal Republic of Nigeria; former Lagos State Governor
Ed Glaeser, Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics, Harvard University
Schlomo Angel, Urban Expansion Program, NYU
Saskia Sassen, Professor of Sociology, Columbia University
Rahul Mehrotra, Professor of Urban Design and Planning, Harvard University
Caroline Kihato, Senior Research Fellow at the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of the Witwatersrand
Henk Ovink, Special Envoy for International Water Affairs at Kingdom of the Netherlands
Kees Christiaanse, architect and urban planner
The dates of the meetings linked to the Forte Marghera Special Project will be announced shortly.
Lastly, another event titled Sustainable Design Event, organised by the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction, will take place on November 25th at 5 pm at the Teatro Piccolo Arsenale.
The Biennale Architettura 2016 will be open to the public from Saturday May 28th to Sunday November 27th, 2016, at the Giardini and Arsenale.
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