Presentation of the Biennale di Venezia, at the la Moneda Palace (Santiago, Chile)

At the Biennale di Venezia´s presentation (2.3.2016), Alejandro Aravena (Pritzker Prize) declared:
“There are several battles that need to be won and several frontiers that need to be expanded in order to improve the quality of the built environment and consequently people’s quality of life. This is what we would like people to come and see at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition: success stories worth to be told and exemplary cases worth to be shared where architecture did, is and will make a difference in those battles and frontiers”.

Although I am not a great fan of Alejandro Aravena's architecture, I enjoy Aravena's speeches and this was not an exception. The talk was measured, elegant in the fine use of just one image and language, poetically drawing parallels between the image of Maria Reiche studying the Nazca lines (Perú)--using the only tool at hand, a stepladder--, and the richness of understanding architecture from different perspectives. All possible to achieve with humble resources, that was part of his message.

This was a very inspiring session and a promising sign for this year’s biennale.

"'Reporting from the Front' will share work from architects tackling issues relating to segregation, inequality, suburbia, sanitation, natural disasters, the housing shortage, migration, crime, traffic, waste, pollution, and community participation."

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