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Alejandro Aravena announced as overall curator of the 15th International Architecture Exhibition

The Board of la Biennale di Venezia, chaired by Paolo Barratta, met on 18 July and appointed Alejandro Aravena as Director of the Architecture Sector, to curate the 15th International Architecture Exhibition. With a long history of involvement in the Biennale, the Chilean architect is said to be ‘among architects of the new generation’.

“The 15th International Architecture Exhibition will be about focusing and learning from architectures that through intelligence, intuition or both of them at the same time, are able to escape the status quo. We would like to present cases that, despite the difficulties, instead of resignation or bitterness, propose and do something. We would like to show that in the permanent debate about the quality of the built environment, there is not only need but also room for action.” said Aravena.

The la Biennale di Venezia also announced it’s decision to continue running the Architecture Biennale for six months, given the steady increment in the attendance. The official Vernissage will take place on 26 and 27 May 2016, with the Biennale opening to the public from 28 May to 27 November 2016.

Click here for more information regarding the Biennale and background on Aravena.


Smeg Tour Competition opens

The Smeg Tour recognises and rewards architects for their contribution to architectural design, in conjunction with their support of Smeg. The Smeg Tour provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for four (4) winners to attend the Venice Biennale in 2016, to visit the Guido Canali designed Smeg headquarters in Guastalla and to network with senior members of the profession.

For your chance to win return flights to Venice, accommodation, Vernissage passes and a spot on the exclusive Smeg Tour, simply enter your completed project including Smeg products.

Enter the SMEG Tour Competition.

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Paddington Reservoir by TZG Architects. Image: Brett Boardman

Paddington Reservoir by TZG Architects. Image: Brett Boardman

Bondi Icebergs. Image: Jenna Rowe

Bondi Icebergs. Image: Jenna Rowe

Stamp House by Charles Wright. Image: Parick Bingham-Hall

Stamp House by Charles Wright. Image: Parick Bingham-Hall