The official catalog of the 15th Venice Biennale of Architecture. More and more people on the planet are looking for a decent place to live, even though the chances to find one are becoming tougher and tougher by the hour. Nevertheless, on the front-lines of the built environment there lingers a sense of vitality that brings architecture to look at reality in a positive way. This is what people will see at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition: success stories and exemplary cases where architecture has made, is making, and will make a difference. Reporting from the Front aims at explaining to a broader audience what it means to improve the quality of life while working on the margins, under heavy circumstances, and facing pressing challenges. And what it is like to be on the cutting edge trying to conquer new fields.
28 May – 27 November 2016
Venues: Arsenale and Giardini
Director appointed by President Paolo Baratta
The 15th Exhibition lasted 6 months and closed with an attendance of 260,000 visitors (exact figure: 259,725) on top of the 14,180 visitors of the preview days. These figures marked an increase of 14% and 16% respectively when compared to the 228,000 visitors and 12,214 preview attendants in 2014. The visitors under 26 years of age were 45% of the total. The students who visited the Exhibition as a group amounted to 26% of the total number of visitors.
The main section of the Exhibition Reporting from the Front was laid out in a unitary sequence from the Central Pavilion (Giardini) to the Arsenale, and included 88 participants from 37 different countries; 50 of them were participating for the first time, and 33 architects were under the age of 40. The Exhibition also featured 65 National Participations and 20 Collateral Events, alongside 3 Special Projects, 6 Meetings on Architecture held at the Teatro alle Tese, and the international conference Urban Age.
Golden Lion for Best National Participation: Spain
Golden Lion for the Best Participant in the 15th International Exhibition:
Gabinete de Arquitectura (Solano Benítez; Gloria Cabral; Solanito Benítez)
Silver Lion for a promising young participant in the 15th International Exhibition:
NLÉ (Kunlé Adeyemi)
Special Mentions to two National Participations: Japan, Peru
Special Mention to a Participant in the 15th International Exhibition:
Maria Giuseppina Grasso Cannizzo
Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement: Paulo Mendes da Rocha