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Paolo Baratta and Hashim Sarkis.

Venice Architecture Biennale Announces Theme of 2020 Edition

The Venice Architecture Biennale revealed that the theme of its seventeenth edition, taking place from May 23, 2020 to November 29, 2020, will be “How will we live together?” Curated by Hashim Sarkis, the exhibition will focus on the role of the architect as both “cordial convener and custodian of the spatial contract.” Those participating in the presentation of the national pavilions are being asked to address the need for more inclusive social housing and urban connectivity.

“In the context of widening political divides and growing economic inequalities, we call on architects to imagine spaces in which we can generously live together: together as human beings who, despite our increasing individuality, yearn to connect with one another and with other species across digital and real space; together as new households looking for more diverse and dignified spaces for inhabitation; together as emerging communities that demand equity, inclusion, and spatial identity; together across political borders to imagine new geographies of association; and together as a planet facing crises that require global action for us to continue living at all,” Sarkis said.

Paolo Baratta, the president of the biennial, added that there is a significant difference between the existing housing conditions and those that people advocate for. “We expect from Hashim Sarkis’s research and from the individual participating countries a number of examples that besides informing us on the different realities and the current trends and conflicts, can let us imagine a world at work to face those issues, and in particular a world of architecture committed to thinking, imagining, and realizing new solutions.”

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