Biennale Architettura 2020: How will we Live Together?

The 17th International Architecture Exhibition will take place from May 23rd to November 29th, 2020

by Rossana Vinci
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The President of La Biennale di Venezia, Paolo Baratta, together with the curator of the 17th International Architecture Exhibition, Hashim Sarkis, met the press yesterday at Ca’ Giustinian in Venice to launch the 17th International Architecture Exhibition, which will take place from May 23rd to November 29th, 2020 (pre-opening May 21st and 22nd) at the Giardini and the Arsenale, as well as around other venues in Venice.


Hashim Sarkis titled the 17th International Architecture Exhibition How will we live together? and explained his decision as follows:


“We need a new spatial contract. In the context of widening political divides and growing economic inequalities, we call on architects to imagine spaces in which we can generously live together: together as human beings who, despite our increasing individuality, yearn to connect with one another and with other species across digital and real space; together as new households looking for more diverse and dignified spaces for inhabitation; together as emerging communities that demand equity, inclusion and spatial identity; together across political borders to imagine new geographies of association; and together as a planet facing crises that require global action for us to continue living at all..The year 2020 has often been referred to as a milestone on the path to a better future. Many nations and cities have devised a ‘Vision 2020.’ The year is upon us. We look to the collective architectural imagination to meet this momentous occasion with creativity and courage.”




President Paolo Baratta stated:


“The Biennale Architettura 2018 has brought our attention on free space, an essential element of our living that has been omitted in so many recent developments. With Hashim Sarkis we will try to expand our horizon to all the issues raised by our living together. We expect from Hashim Sarkis’ research and from the individual participating countries a number of examples that besides informing us on the different realities and the current trends and conflicts, can let us imagine a world at work to face those issues, and in particular a world of architecture committed to thinking, imagining and realising new solutions.

Being aware that in different parts of the world we are developing this new consciousness and are working for these new projects is in itself part of a different “living together” for which La Biennale offers itself as the ideal place.”


As usual, the 17th International Architecture Exhibition will also present the National Participations with their own exhibitions in the Pavilions at the Giardini and the Arsenale, as well as around the historic city centre of Venice.
This edition will also include selected Collateral Events, presented by international institutions, which will organise their exhibitions and initiatives in Venice concurrently with the 17th Exhibition.



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Cover Photo: Hashim Sarkis, Paolo Baratta. Photo by Jacopo Salvi, Courtesy La Biennale di Venezia