Burrasca publishes Stephanie Akkaoui Hughes’s article about the last Architecture Biennale in Venice.
After several Architecture Biennales dedicated to the celebration of the contemporary and a prediction of future trends, the last Biennale ‘Fundamentals’ – directed by Rem Koolhaas – looked back at history trying to make sense of how Architecture came to be what it is today.
In her article, Stephanie explores how looking at the fundamental elements of Architecture can be quite pleasing and somewhat appeasing to professionals and even fans of the profession. However, she highlights the danger in looking at elements in isolation, devoid of context or as ends in themselves. ‘Fundamentals’ are to Architecture what words are to Language”; she says, “as stand alone, their significance is limited, it is only when brought together, punctuated, given syntax and context that meaning is created”.
Mostra di Architettura di Venezia, the Architecture section of the Venice Biennale, was established in 1980, although architecture had been a part of the art biennale since 1968. As well as addressing the academic side of architecture, the Biennale is an occasion where big-name architects and designers can showcase new projects, arranged in different pavilions, each with different themes. More information can be found here.
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