Venice Architecture Biennale 2018: Architecture Exhibition in Venice


Venice Architecture 2018. The Venice Biennale is art, cinema, dance, theatre, music but also architecture. In 2018 the 16th International Architecture Exhibition will take place and, if at the beginning it was an event dedicated to insiders, now it has captured the public’s attention and aroused the public’s curiosity.

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The title of the 16th edition, taking place from May 26th to November 25th 2018, is “Freespace” and is curated by two women: Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara.

In this post you’ll find all the updates of the Biennale Architettura 2018.

Last update 19 April 2018 – Collateral Events 

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The two curators of the Biennale Architettura 2018 have already shown their creativity with the projects of their firm Grafton Architects in Dublin, with which in 2008 they designed and built the multi-awarded project of the new building for Bocconi University in Milan. Now they arrive in Venice to make architecture talk to everybody and to prove that architecture is able to adapt to nature and man in order to create spaces where everybody can feel comfortable and where elements such as sunlight, moonlight, gravity, and materials bring benefits to the human beings of any culture and social condition.

The title is “Freespace” and is an invitation the curators send to all national Pavilions to provide a free space, with proposals for an architecture able to adapt to people’s life, but also to place and period of history with which it has to interact.

The Biennale Architettura 2018 will take place in Venice from May 26th to November 25th 2018.

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The Exhibition FREESPACE will develop from the Central Pavilion (Giardini) to the Arsenale, and will include 71 participants.

The 71 participants will be joined by others gathered in two Special Sections: the first numbering, 16 participants, is titled Close Encounter, meetings with remarkable projects and will present works that originate in a reflection on well-known buildings of the past; the second which counts, 13 participants, and is titled The Practice of Teaching, will collect projects developed as part of teaching experiences.

The Exhibition will also include 65 National Participations in the historic Pavilions at the Giardini, at the Arsenale and in the historic city centre of Venice. 7 countries will be participating in the Biennale Architettura for the first time: Antigua & Barbuda, Saudi Arabia, Guatemala, Lebanon, Mongolia, Pakistan and the Holy See (with its own pavilion located on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore).

This edition will once again feature, selected Collateral Events. Promoted by non-profit national and international institutions, they will present their exhibitions and initiatives in Venice during the 16th International Architecture Exhibition.

There will be two Special Projects at the Biennale Architettura 2018:

  • the Forte Marghera Special Project in Mestre, curated by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, consists of an installation by architects Sami Rintala and Dagur Eggertsson, also built to host a series of events scheduled in Forte Marghera.
  • the Special Project at the Applied Arts Pavilion in the Sale d’Armi in the Arsenale, reflects upon the future of social housing by presenting a fragment of the social housing estate, Robin Hood Gardens, which was designed by Alison and Peter Smithson in East London and completed in 1972. Renewed for the third consecutive year, the collaboration between La Biennale and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London has made possible this exhibition curated by Christopher Turner and Olivia Horsfall Turner.


Across Chinese Cities – The Community
(The Objects Spaces and Rituals of the Collective)
The third chapter of the Across Chinese Cities program explores approaches to planning linked to the development of ‘communities’ as mechanisms that create new systems of social, economic and spatial belonging.
Venue: Università IUAV di Venezia, Ca’ Tron, Santa Croce, 1957
Promoter: Beijing Design Week

Borghi of Italy – NO(F)EARTHQUAKE
The new exhibition project Borghi of Italy – NO(F)EARTHQUAKE is dedicated to seismic preparedness, to securing the artistic and architectural heritage of our country as well as the revitalization of the architecturally symbolic places: Italian villages.
Venue: InParadiso Gallery, Giardini della Biennale, Castello, 1260
Promoter: Concilio Europeo dell’Arte

Greenhouse Garden – Reflect, Project, Connect
Greenhouse Garden: Reflect, Project, Connect is an event consisting of an exhibition, a temporary wooden pavilion, by In Praise of Shadows architects, and a series of seminars and workshops on architecture, the built environment and the global goals of Agenda 2030, as well as how architecture and wood can be part of it.
Venue: Serra dei Giardini, Castello,1254 (Via Giuseppe Garibaldi)
Promoter: Swedish Institute

Living with the Sky, Water and Mountain: Making Places in Yilan
The exhibitor Architect Sheng-Yuan Huang stated that “seeking freedom” served his fundamental philosophy of architecture and was shared with his colleagues at Yilan as the core value standing behind every creation.
Venue: Palazzo delle Prigioni, Castello, 4209 (San Marco)
Promoter: National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (NTMoFA)

Primal Sonic Visions
Primal Sonic Visions aims to awaken a sense of wonder at the new sounds and forms of energy amongst the public by the primal power and beauty of wind, solar, hydro and thermal energy sources.
Venue: Ca’ Foscari Esposizioni, Fondazione Università Ca’ Foscari, Dorsoduro, 3246
Promoter: International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

RCR. Dream and Nature_Catalonia in Venice
The RCR studio was awarded the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2017. In the light of this international recognition, we present an exhibition that introduces Rafael, Carme and Ramon’s most intimate universe.  The Biennale Architettura acts as a catalyst for all professionals that attend it to pursue inspiration, dreams, and intuitions.
Venue: Cantieri Navali, Castello, 40 (Calle Quintavalle)
Promoter: Institut Ramon Llull

Salon Suisse: En marge de l’architecture
If architecture is an island within the archipelago of the artistic and scientific disciplines, then the Salon Suisse 2018 is a ship that has left the harbour. From foreign shores, we will look back at architecture and explore its cultural and social relevance today.
Venue: Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi, Dorsoduro, 810 (Campo Sant’ Agnese)
Promoter: Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia

The Happenstance
The Happenstance establishes a Freespace in the garden at the heart of Palazzo Zenobio, as a place to build new possibilities together for the freedoms we urgently need to claim – and demonstrating what can be built through mapping connections, bringing together needs, resources and ideas of Freespace in both Scotland and Venice.
Venue: Collegio Armeno Moorat – Raphael, Palazzo Zenobio, Dorsoduro, 2597 (Fondamenta del Soccorso)
Promoter: Scottish Government

Unintended Architecture
Our architecture exhibition purposely selected the “playing cards” as our basic design component, which symbolises the rapid growing economy in Macao. By manipulating “playing cards” in different forms and combinations, Unintended Architecture will be re-illustrated in an abstract manner.
Venue: Arsenale, Castello, 2126/A (Campo della Tana)
Promoter: Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macao S.A.R. Government; Macao Museum of Art

Vertical Fabric: Density in Landscape
Vertical Fabric: Density in Landscape, demonstrates the urban conditions of Hong Kong and explores the freespace through towers. 100 Exhibitors, including architects from Hong Kong and overseas, are invited to design their towers of freespace, making statements on tower typology in the vertical city.
Venue: Arsenale, Castello, 2126 (Campo della Tana)
Promotore: Hong Kong Arts Development Council

Young Architects in Latin America
The exhibition underlines the important role played by the Latin American World today, as seen throughout its contemporary architecture. On the occasion of 16thInternational Architecture Biennale, the CA’ASI will open its doors to emerging Latin American architects in order to emphasize the creativity, originality and social commitment of their new architecture, and to help it gain world-wide recognition. Architecture-Studio has set up the CA’ASI Association to promote the dialogue between architecture, contemporary art, and the Biennale visitors.
Venue: CA’ASI, Cannaregio, 6024 (Campiello Santa Maria Nova)
Promoter: CA’ASI Association 1901

Young Talent Architecture Award 2018
The Young Talent Architecture Award (YTAA) is promoted by the Fundació Mies van der Rohe with the support of Creative Europe as an extension of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award. The exhibition presents the designs of the 8 YTAA finalists and the 4 winners.
Venue: Palazzo Mora, Cannaregio, 3659 (Strada Nova, San Felice)
Promoter: Fundació Mies van der Rohe


The English architect, historian, critic and educator Kenneth Frampton is the recipient of the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia.

The President of La Biennale di Venezia Paolo Baratta stated: «There is no student of the faculties of architecture who is unfamiliar with his Modern Architecture: A Critical History. The Golden Lion goes this year to a “maestro”, and in this sense it is also intended to be a recognition of the importance of the critical approach to the teaching of architecture.»

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