Venice Takeaway: Ideas to Change British Architecture
XIII (13) Architecture
Venice Takeaway Research Emporium, Photography: Cristiano Corte
© British Council
Venice Takeaway, curated by Vicky Richardson, Director of Architecture, Design and Fashion at the British Council and Vanessa Norwood, Head of Exhibitions at the Architectural Association, aims not simply to showcase talent from the UK, but to provoke a debate about the path that British architecture has taken during a time of flux.
In January the British Council opened a call for participation at four launches around the UK. More than 500 people attended events in London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast. Posters advertising the brief were also circulated to schools of architecture and architectural practices around the UK.
Ten ‘Explorers’ were selected by the Advisory Panel and during April they undertook expeditions to a variety of locations around the world. The group of Explorers was made up of practicing architects at various stages of their careers; a curator; writers; journalists; teachers and campaigners.
The British Pavilion at the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale presents the work of these Explorers, charting their course in Argentina, Brazil, China, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Russia, Thailand and the USA, demonstrating the creative potential of sharing ideas across borders. The ten research proposals in the exhibition are all fuelled by the desire for the architect’s role to be strengthened and for the profession to play a more proactive role in the future cultural and economic shape of Britain.
Reflecting the theme of this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale ‘Common Ground’ set by Director David Chipperfield, Venice Takeaway aims to demonstrate the potential of sharing ideas across borders; and find new ways to respond to the challenges of the relationships, policies and structures that surround architecture
Explorers and their destinations:
Aberrant Architecture – Brazil
Laura Allen, Geoff Manaugh, Mark Smout – USA
Ross Anderson and Anna Gibb – Russia
Darryl Chen – China
dRMM – The Netherlands
Forum for Alternative Belfast – Germany
public works and Urban Projects Bureau – USA and Thailand
Elias Redstone– Argentina
Liam Ross – Nigeria
Toh Shimazaki – JapanBackground on Venice Takeaway
The exhibition runs from 29 August – 25 November 2012. Further information can be found at: www.venicetakeaway.com
Watch a short introduction to the project by Vicky Richardson and Vanessa Norwood on the la Biennale Channel here.
The advisory panel for the 2012 British Pavilion project are:
Chair: Vicky Richardson, Director of Architecture, Design, Fashion at the British Council
David Anderson, Director General of the National Museum Wales
Ian Gilzean, Chief Architect, Scottish Government
Penny Lewis, Course leader, Masters in Architecture, Robert Gordon University School of Architecture
Ciaran Mackel, Architect, Ard Mackel Architects
Fred Scott, Author, On Altering Architecture
Brett Steele, Director of the Architectural Association School of Architecture and AA Publications (not present for selection process)
Finn Williams, Founder of Common Office and Deputy Leader of Placemaking Team at Croydon Council