Actualité 16.09.2008

La Biennale di Venezia – The 11th International Architecture Exhibition, Out There: Architecture Beyond Building

“The 11th International Architecture Exhibition, Out There: Architecture Beyond Building, runs in Venice from September 14th to November 23rd. In the Arsenale venue, visitors will see 23 installations, whereas in the Padiglione Italia at Giardani they will discover the experimental work of 55 international firms and a survey of the Masters of the Experiment. The awards ceremony took place on 13th September at the Teatro Piccolo Arsenale in Venice.”

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From the World Architecture News article:

“A combination of bright sunshine and romantic setting helped to ensure the preview to the 11th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale this week was a serene affair. The historical city of Venice is now playing host to 23 installations and 55 experimental works from 48 countries, flooding the labyrinthine city with modern international architecture for the next two and a half months.

“The unstoppable Zaha Hadid”, so named by the exhibition’s director Aaron Betsky, featured as the inaugural Masters Lecturer and had no problem maintaining the laid-back atmosphere. The Pritker Prize winning architect, who rather embodies the festival’s tag line – Out There, Architecture Beyond Building – floated on to stage without so much as an introduction: “I imagine you don’t need an introduction to my name,” she said before announcing that her next venture would be to find an alternative mode of transport for Venice, apparently not a fan of boats.”

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