Venice Biennale of Architecture 2016: Reporting from the Front

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“For some years now we have been saying that the hallmark of our times is the mismatch between architecture and civil society,” says Paolo Baratta, the President of La Biennale di Venezia, the umbrella body that oversees the Biennale of Architecture, as well those of art, cinema, dance, music, and theater. “On the one hand, architecture seems preoccupied with producing spectacular buildings, celebratory reflections of the power and ambitions of the clients; on the other, society stands by indifferently, shying away from putting questions to architecture.”

Yet architecture is an art where private demands, aspirations, and needs, intersect with those of the public: architecture not only shapes the commons, but is itself a common good.

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