Biennale of Architecture

The Giardini di Castello and the Corderie dell’Arsenale—the traditional exhibition spaces for the visual arts section of the Venice Biennale—were used for the first time for the architecture section. The layout echoed that of the art exhibitions: the Corderie contained “Schools of Architecture,” young architects who, like the artists in the Aperto, presented new directions in architecture; the Italian pavilion contained, in addition to national figures, theme shows, in this case the results of an international competition, “A Gate for Venice,” and another, invitational competition for the renovation of the Italian pavilion itself. Finally, the national pavilions presented the work of architects chosen by each commissioner. Among the myriad projects, the architecture Biennale also presented one built work, the pavilion designated for the sale of books and catalogues, designed by James

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