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Events Programme at Venice Architecture Biennale

Events Programme at Venice Architecture Biennale © Home Economics #1, 210x297mm, OK-RM and Matthieu Lavanchy, 2016

© Home Economics #1, 210x297mm, OK-RM and Matthieu Lavanchy, 2016

6 May 2016
by Jacob de Munnik

The 15th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia


Official Opening
Thursday 26 May, 4pm, British Pavilion, Venice

Sandi Toksvig OBE will open the British Pavilion with J.W. Anderson

Curators’ Tour of the
British Pavilion
Friday 27 May, 11am-12pm, British Pavilion, Venice

Home Economics is the first exhibition on architecture to be curated through time spent in the home. Shumi Bose, Jack Self and Finn Williams, the curators of the British Pavilion, lead a walk-through of Home Economics in conversation with Kieran Long, Keeper of the Department of Design, Architecture and Digital at the V&A.


Five New Models for Domestic Life
Saturday 28 May, 11am-12pm,
British Pavilion, Venice

Home Economics proposes new models for the frontline of British architecture: the home. Participants from Home Economics discuss their designs for domestic life over five periods of occupancy: Jack Self on Hours; åyr on Days; Dogma & Black Square on Months; Julia King on Years; and Hesselbrand on Decades. Chaired by Olly Wainwright, Architecture and Design Critic of The Guardian.


Beyond the Housing Crisis
Saturday 28 May, 1-2pm, British Pavilion, Venice

The Housing Crisis is not only a failure of supply to meet demand, but a failure of traditional models to accommodate new patterns of life. Curator Finn Williams speaks to a new generation of disruptive developers to explore what Home Economics means for the future of housebuilding. With Reza Merchant (The Collective), Rachel Bagenal (Naked House), John Nordon (PegasusLife), and Martyn Evans (Uncommon).


The New Standard House
Tuesday 31 May, 7-9pm, RIBA, London

Britain’s innovations in domestic architecture have been more about standard house types than exceptional examples. From the conception of the terrace and the evolution of the ‘semi’ to the world’s first pre-fabricated apartment blocks, British designs for standard types have had a far-reaching influence. But with profound changes to our patterns of domestic life, are these models still relevant today? What might Britain’s next great innovation in housing look like? What is the new standard home?

A panel discussion exploring the ideas in two concurrent exhibitions: Home Economics at the British Pavilion, Venice Architecture Biennale and At Home in Britain: Designing the House of Tomorrow at RIBA. With Alex Ely (Mæ), Anna Holsgrove (RIBA), Finn Williams, Jack Self & Shumi Bose (co-curators of Home Economics), and Magnus Casselbrant (Hesselbrand). Chaired by Catherine Slessor.

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British Council Partnership Programme

The British Council is supporting a number of exhibitors, as well as educational and cultural partners, at the 15thInternational Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia.


Thinking Globally: Building Locally
Friday 27 May, 2pm, British Pavilion, Venice

Chaired by Richard Cook (Wallpaper* Magazine)

A discussion around the challenges of designing buildings in an increasingly global context. 

Speakers include Richard Rogers (RSH+P), Kunlé Adeyemi (NLÉ), Philip Gumuchdjian (Gumuchdjian Architects), Anupama Kundoo (Anupama Kundoo Architects).

Hosted by the RIBA in partnership with Wallpaper* Magazine and the British Council.

New Architects 3 Venice Launch
Friday 27 May, 4pm, British Pavilion, Venice

Chaired by Farshid Moussavi (Farshid Moussavi Architects)

Four of Britain’s most innovative new architects featured in the new book, New Architects 3, will present micro-lectures on their work.

Speakers include Lee Ivett (Baxendale), James Mitchell (Orkidstudio), Sam Causer (Studio Sam Causer), Fran Edgerley and Giles Smith (Assemble).

Hosted by the Architecture Foundation in partnership with the Mackintosh School of Architecture and the British Council.

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Venice Fellowships

Following the success of the 2014 programme, the British Council is working in partnership with architecture schools across the UK to support 48 fellows to conduct independent research projects and steward the British Pavilion this year.

For further information on Venice fellowships, click here.


Supporting Young Architects

The British Council has provided support to Fondazione Biennale di Venezia to enable Forensic Architecture and Assemble’s participation in this year’s Biennale.

For further information on our grants, click here.