The latest edition of the Venice Biennale Architecture Exhibition is assembling a major gathering of the world’s top architects over the next three months under the title “Common Ground.”
The idea, according to the director, is to reassert a culture of architecture made up of diverse ideas united in common history, common ambitions and ideals.
Sir David Chipperfield wants to encourage architecture to embrace more day-to-day life and move focus away from the big prestige projects of recent decades.
He told Britain’s Guardian newspaper that he believes the profession has become an exotic fruit that happens only in certain places where it is nutured.
The title “Common Ground” suggests a desire to try to make it less elitist and to reconnect with those who actually use what the architects create.
Social issues dominate the majority of presentations in the main exhibition areas, with the economic crisis playing a big role in the inspiration.
More than 100 architects, artists and photographers have been invited to Venice for this 13th edition which is showing a total of 66 projects.
And among the countries represented there are several new nations taking part, including Kosovo, Kuwait, Angola and Peru.
David Chipperfield wants to see architects getting together to find common ground, even after the Biennale is over.