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Venice Biennale 2006

Echo/City - An Urban Register

Venice Biennale 2006 2006, Architecture, 1 to 1 room, Photograph by Gareth Gardner © British Council Archive

2006, Architecture, 1 to 1 room, Photograph by Gareth Gardner © British Council Archive

The theme for the 2006 biennale was the interaction of architecture and social dynamics in the world’s major cities. Under the leadership of Jeremy Till, then director of architecture at the University of Sheffield, the British Pavilion examined the issues facing Britain's regional cities with Echo City, an urban register that described Sheffield at a variety of scales.

Till drew together a team from Sheffield including Martyn Ware, founding member of the Human League and Heaven 17; Ian Anderson of the internationally acclaimed graphic design studio The Designers’ Republic; the cross-disciplinary art collective Encounters; Tim Etchells (artistic director of acclaimed experimental theatre company Forced Entertainment), and photographer Hugo Glendinning.

An 'urban catalogue' was assembled in the four side rooms of the pavilion, the composition of light, sound and images in each room reflecting urban experience at a  particular architectural and social scale of 1:1, 1:100, 1:10,000 or 1:10,000,000.

10 September – 19 November 2006