Reporting from the Front: 15th International Architecture Exhibition
Written by Alejandro Aravena
The official catalog of the 15th Venice Biennale Architecture Exhibition. More and more people on the planet are looking for a decent place to live, even though the chances to find one are becoming tougher and tougher by the hour. Nevertheless, on the frontlines of the built environment there lingers a sense of vitality that brings architecture to look at reality in a positive way. This is what people will see at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition: success stories and exemplary cases where architecture has made, is making, and will make a difference. Reporting from the Front aims at explaining to a broader audience what it means to improve the quality of life while working on the margins, under heavy circumstances, and facing pressing challenges. And what it is like to be on the cutting edge trying to conquer new fields.
About The Author
Alejandro Aravena established Alejandro Aravena Architects in 1994. His work includes several buildings for the Universidad Cátolica de Chile (1998 to 2014), the St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas (2008), writer’s cabins for the Jan Michalski Foundation in Switzerland (2015), A building for Novartis in China (2015). From 2000 to 2005, he was professor at Harvard University. The many awards he has won include the Pritzker Architecture Prize (Madrid, 2016), the Design of the Year (London Design Museum, 2015), and the Silver Lion at the 11th Venice Architecture Biennale (Italy, 2008), the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture (France, 2007), and the Erich Schelling Architecture Medal (Germany, 2006).