La Biennale di Venezia’s 15th International Architecture Exhibition bears the title “Reporting from the Front” and is curated by Alejandro Aravena. The exhibition includes 88 participants from 37 different countries. 50 of them are participating for the first time, and 33 architects are under the age of 40. This video provides you with a walk through the Arsenale exhibition space and the Central Pavilion in the Giardini.
When asked to build housing for 100 families in Chile ten years ago, Alejandro Aravena looked to an unusual inspiration: the wisdom of favelas and slums. Rather than building a large building with small units, he built flexible half-homes that each family could expand on. It was a complex problem, but with a simple solution — one that he arrived at by working with the families themselves. With a chalkboard and beautiful images of his designs, Aravena walks us through three projects where clever rethinking led to beautiful design with great benefit.