The Biennale di Venezia 2018, curated by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, is titled Freespace. A way to represent the generosity and sense of humanity that architecture places at the center of its agenda, focusing attention on the quality of space itself.
With this theme, the Biennale di Venezia 2018 presents to the public examples, proposals, elements of works that exemplify the essential qualities of architecture.
The modulation, the richness and the materiality of the surfaces, the orchestration and the sequential arrangement of the movement, reveal the potential and the beauty inherent in the architecture.
The 71 participants will be joined by others gathered in two Special Sections: the first, numbering 16 participants, is titled Close Encounter, meetings with remarkable projects and will present works that originate in a reflection on well-known buildings of the past; the second, which counts 13 participants and is titled The Practice of Teaching, will collect projects developed as part of teaching experiences.
With regard to these sections, the Curators explained they have discovered «invention and creativity at the micro and macro scales. Historic buildings liberated by the intelligence of the architects; forgotten buildings re-visited and brought to life; transformative typologies of habitation; infrastructural needs translated into public and civic facilities.
The meaning of the word Freespace, the Manifest mainly contains the word space, understood as the ‘gift’ that the architecture invention can potentially bestow to each project.The Exhibition will also include 63 National Participations. 6 countries will be participating in the Biennale Architettura for the first time: Antigua & Barbuda, Saudi Arabia, Guatemala, Lebanon, Pakistan and the Holy See .
The Italian Pavilion at the Tese delle Vergini in the Arsenale will be curated by Mario Cucinella and will be titled Arcipelago Italia.
There will be two Special Projects at the Biennale Architettura 2018.
The Forte Marghera Special Project in Mestre, curated by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, consists of an installation by architects Sami Rintala and Dagur Eggertsson, also built to host a series of events scheduled in Forte Marghera.
The Special Project at the Applied Arts Pavilion in the Sale d’Armi in the Arsenale, reflects upon the future of social housing by presenting a fragment of the social housing estate, Robin Hood Gardens, which was designed by Alison and Peter Smithson in East London and completed in 1972.