Venice Biennale to host Urban Age special project

23 February 2016

LSE CitiesProfessor Ricky Burdett will curate one of the three Special Projects at the 15th Architecture Biennale to open in Venice on 28 May this year. This exhibition will help visitors understand some of the consequences of rapid urban growth that has taken place between 1990 and 2015, and what might be done to make cities more equitable and sustainable in future.

In view of the United Nations – Habitat III conference, to be held in Quito, Ecuador, during October 2016, and as part of the Urban Age programme, organised jointly by the London School of Economics and the Alfred Herrhausen Society, La Biennale will present a pavilion dedicated to the themes of urbanisation.

Reflecting on some of the challenges of the urban age, Paolo Baratta, President of La Biennale di Venezia, says “For some years we have been saying that the hallmark of our times is the mismatch between architecture and civil society.”

For over a decade, the Urban Age has investigated the relationship between the physical form of cities and the social dynamics within them. This special project will draw on this research. The programme’s next Urban Age conference will also be held in Venice in July.

Alajandra Aravena, curator of La Biennale, added, “The advancement of architecture is not a goal in itself but a way to improve people’s quality of life.”

The 15th International Exhibition of Architecture of La Biennale di Venezia will run from May 28 through November 27, 2016, in the Giardini, the Arsenale, and other venues around Venice.

Exhibition team:
Ricky Burdett, Professor of Urban Studies, LSE (curator)
Aron Bohmann, researcher, LSE Cities
Peter Griffiths, managing editor, LSE Cities
Emily Cruz, project manager, LSE Cities