The British Pavilion at this year's 13th Venice Architecture Biennale brought together an eclectic mix of British talent culminating in an exhibition harking back to Great Britain's history of global discovery and exploration.
Crane.tv visited the Venice Takeaway: Ideas to Change British Architecture, a response to David Chipperfield's, 'Common Ground', the theme for this year's Biennale. The project launched in April this year when ten architectural teams embarked on a journey to ten countries including Nigeria, Argentina, Brazil, the USA and China, with the aim to discover new architectural approaches, identify universal issues and make proposal to change architecture for the future.
The project's aim is to influence international debate and remind the architectural industry that their practice is as much about observation and thinking as it is about design.
Curated by the Architectural Association's Vanessa Norwood and Vicky Richardson of the British Council, the ten "explorers" include aberrant architecture, Smout Allen, Darryl Chen and Toh Shimazaki Architecture. Their findings -- in the form of photography, drawing, film and objects -- are currently on display in pavilion's Research Emporium.
Proposals for the future were also made, giving the findings and ideas solid legs to move forward with -- these proposals are currently housed in the pavilion's galleries. In February 2013 the entire exhibit will move from Venice to the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in London.
"We were hoping for champions of the projects, so I hope that each project finds one or two people that can really help make these proposals happen," says Norwood.
Text by Fiona Sinclair Scott for Crane.tv
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