Collection by Tiffany Chu

Venice Biennale: Giardini

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Although the Venice Architecture Biennale invades all nooks and crannies of the four-square-mile island, most of the festival's big-hitters reside under the roof of only one building, the Italian pavilion at Giardini. As we round out our 2010 Biennale overview, we highlight the exhibits that not only left us pondering, but also left us hopeful for the future of architecture.

Cerith Wyn Evans opened with neon text from "The Changing Light at Sandover," a poem by James Merrill -- where the...
Composed with transparent slabs placed at 350mm intervals, the Primitive Future House by Sou Fujimoto Architects...
With playfully drawn graphics and animated models, Aldo Cibic's 'Rethinking Happiness' exhibit highlights different...
One strikingly simple, yet memorable pavilion was that designed by Portugal's Aires Mateus e associados, titled...
Andrea Branzi explores the concept of an 'infinite world,' choosing to portray this notion using large models...
Atelier Bow-Wow displays what they do best -- delivering different interpretations of the concept of 'microhouse' -- in...
A feather of wit in a sea of gravity at Giardini (the pavilions at theArsenale were a bit more light-hearted), Tom...
Swiss architect Christian Kerez fills up an entire room with a looming structural mockup of his steel-constructed...
A clever installation by Pezo von Ellrichshausen Architects from Chile, this exhibit places two similar buildings in...
British firm Caruso St. John and German artist Thomas Demand built a full-scale mock-up of 'nagelhaus,' double-height...
A glance into the visually cacophonous cafe at Giardini.
In contrast, the reading room adjacent to the bookstore at Giardini was a peaceful, appreciated expression of forms...
Sejima also included a room for a Lina Bo Bardi retrospective, the celebrated Italian-Brazilian female modernist.
OMA's pavilion took a forceful, critical view on the debate of architectural preservation.
There are regular architectural models, and then there are SANAA's models.
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