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In pictures: 14th Venice International Architecture Exhibition

“With Rem Koolhaas we have created an exceptional, research-centered Architecture Biennale” (Photography: Edoardo Campanale)
“With Rem Koolhaas we have created an exceptional, research-centered Architecture Biennale” (Photography: Edoardo Campanale)
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14th Venice International Architecture Exhibition (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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14th Venice International Architecture Exhibition (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Grafting: the Italian retreat from modern architecture (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Grafting: the Italian retreat from modern architecture (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Arsenale: Grafting new ideas onto pre-existing realities and structures (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Arsenale: Grafting new ideas onto pre-existing realities and structures (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Monditalia: features installations from 41 architectural studios (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Monditalia: features installations from 41 architectural studios (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Monditalia: sand models of a frozen landscape (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Monditalia: sand models of a frozen landscape (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Grafting: the Italian Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Grafting: the Italian Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Grafting: the Italian Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Grafting: the Italian Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Arsenale: Grafting new ideas onto pre-existing realities and structures (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Arsenale: Grafting new ideas onto pre-existing realities and structures (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Dedicated to Italy, Monditalia takes a look at the fundamentals of a country historically riddled with political change and chaos (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Dedicated to Italy, Monditalia takes a look at the fundamentals of a country historically riddled with political change and chaos (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Austrian Pavilion: "Plenum: Places of Power" (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Austrian Pavilion: "Plenum: Places of Power" (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Austrian Pavilion: explores the role of parliament (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Austrian Pavilion: explores the role of parliament (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Canadian Pavilion: "Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15" (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Canadian Pavilion: "Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15" (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Canadian Pavilion features scale models by five design studios (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Canadian Pavilion features scale models by five design studios (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Czech Republic Pavilion: "Collective Dream" (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Czech Republic Pavilion: "Collective Dream" (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Egyptian Pavilion: "Amnesia" (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Egyptian Pavilion: "Amnesia" (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Egyptian Pavilion: "Amnesia" (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Egyptian Pavilion: "Amnesia" (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
French Pavilion: "Modernity: promise or menace?" (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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French Pavilion: "Modernity: promise or menace?" (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
French Pavilion explores utopian visions of modernity (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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French Pavilion explores utopian visions of modernity (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
French Pavilion: model of Villa Arpel, an example of futuristic architecture in the 60's (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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French Pavilion: model of Villa Arpel, an example of futuristic architecture in the 60's (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Elements of Architecture/ Central Pavilions (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Elements of Architecture/ Central Pavilions (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Great Britain Pavilion: "A Clockwork Jerusalem" (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Great Britain Pavilion: "A Clockwork Jerusalem" (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Israeli Pavilion: "TheUrburb" (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Israeli Pavilion: "TheUrburb" (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Israeli Pavilion: sand printers maps out plans for Israeli residential developments (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Israeli Pavilion: sand printers maps out plans for Israeli residential developments (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Japanese Pavilion: "In the real world" (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Japanese Pavilion: "In the real world" (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Japanese Pavilion: "In the real world" (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Japanese Pavilion: "In the real world" (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Japanese Pavilion looks at a collection of architectural projects from the 70's (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Japanese Pavilion looks at a collection of architectural projects from the 70's (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Japanese Pavilion: "In the real world" historical perspectives which emerged during the 70's (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Japanese Pavilion: "In the real world" historical perspectives which emerged during the 70's (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Japanese Pavilion: model of farmer’s house, Sugadaira (1975-86) by Osamu Ishiyama (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Japanese Pavilion: model of farmer’s house, Sugadaira (1975-86) by Osamu Ishiyama (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Korean Pavilion: "Crow’s Eye View: The Korean Peninsula" (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Korean Pavilion: "Crow’s Eye View: The Korean Peninsula" (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Korean Pavilion: "Crow’s Eye View: The Korean Peninsula" (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Korean Pavilion: "Crow’s Eye View: The Korean Peninsula" (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Korean Pavilion: "Crow’s Eye View: The Korean Peninsula" (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Korean Pavilion: "Crow’s Eye View: The Korean Peninsula" (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Russian Pavilion: 'Fair Enough: Russia’s Past Our Present " (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Russian Pavilion: 'Fair Enough: Russia’s Past Our Present " (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Russian Pavilion: Fair Enough applies architectural history to meet contemporary needs (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Russian Pavilion: Fair Enough applies architectural history to meet contemporary needs (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Russian Pavilion: 'Fair Enough: takes urban ideas from the past century (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Russian Pavilion: 'Fair Enough: takes urban ideas from the past century (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Russian Pavilion: features ideas from 20 different Russian architects (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Russian Pavilion: features ideas from 20 different Russian architects (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Russian Pavilion: "Fair Enough: Russia’s Past Our Present " (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Russian Pavilion: "Fair Enough: Russia’s Past Our Present " (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Serbian Pavilion: "14-14" (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Serbian Pavilion: "14-14" (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Serbian Pavilion: "14-14" looks at modernism in Serbian architecture (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Serbian Pavilion: "14-14" looks at modernism in Serbian architecture (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Serbian Pavilion: "14-14" (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Serbian Pavilion: "14-14" (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Swedish for Kuwait: model of water towers from the 70's (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Swedish for Kuwait: model of water towers from the 70's (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Hungarian Pavilion: highlights the uplifting power of communal building (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Hungarian Pavilion: highlights the uplifting power of communal building (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Hungarian Pavilion: "Építés (Building)" (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Hungarian Pavilion: "Építés (Building)" (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Hungarian Pavilion: "Építés (Building)" (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Hungarian Pavilion: "Építés (Building)" (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Voices of national leaders (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Voices of national leaders (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
14th International Architecture Exhibition Venice (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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14th International Architecture Exhibition Venice (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Hungarian Pavilion: looks at simple building techniques among communities (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Hungarian Pavilion: looks at simple building techniques among communities (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Elements of Architecture/ Central Pavilions: false ceiling filled with different piping solutions (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Elements of Architecture/ Central Pavilions: false ceiling filled with different piping solutions (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Situated in the Central Pavilions “Elements of Architecture” looks at the fundamental building blocks used by all architects (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Situated in the Central Pavilions “Elements of Architecture” looks at the fundamental building blocks used by all architects (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
A collection of windows from the Brooking National Collection (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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A collection of windows from the Brooking National Collection (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
“Elements of Architecture” features a series of installations that pool together “elements” from antiquities, past, present and future possibilities (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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“Elements of Architecture” features a series of installations that pool together “elements” from antiquities, past, present and future possibilities (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
“Elements of Architecture” features a series of installations that pool together “elements” from antiquities, past, present and future possibilities (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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“Elements of Architecture” features a series of installations that pool together “elements” from antiquities, past, present and future possibilities (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
The exhibition is in collaboration with the Harvard Graduate School of Design (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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The exhibition is in collaboration with the Harvard Graduate School of Design (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
The past merges with the future: 14th International Architecture Exhibition Venice (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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The past merges with the future: 14th International Architecture Exhibition Venice (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Giardini: 14th International Architecture Exhibition Venice (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Giardini: 14th International Architecture Exhibition Venice (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Monditalia incorporates clips from 82 Italian films (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Monditalia incorporates clips from 82 Italian films (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Film and architecture models overlap in Monditalia (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Film and architecture models overlap in Monditalia (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Monditalia: Photos of architecture creating architecture (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Monditalia: Photos of architecture creating architecture (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Monditalia: Exploring the development of discos in the 60's (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Monditalia: Exploring the development of discos in the 60's (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Monditalia: how Assisi recovered after the destruction and impact of an earthquake (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Monditalia: how Assisi recovered after the destruction and impact of an earthquake (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Monditalia: Italian stone pillars (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Monditalia: Italian stone pillars (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Monditalia: medievil maps (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Monditalia: medievil maps (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Monditalia: Remnants of a Miracle (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Monditalia: Remnants of a Miracle (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Monditalia: exploring public gathering spaces (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Monditalia: exploring public gathering spaces (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Monditalia: Radical Pedagogies (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Monditalia: Radical Pedagogies (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Monditalia: features installations from 41 architectural studios (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Monditalia: features installations from 41 architectural studios (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Monditalia: features installations from 41 architectural studios (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Monditalia: features installations from 41 architectural studios (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Giardini: 14th International Architecture Exhibition Venice (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Giardini: 14th International Architecture Exhibition Venice (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Monditalia: landscapes of architecture (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Monditalia: landscapes of architecture (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Monditalia: architecture models in sand (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Monditalia: architecture models in sand (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Monditalia: sand models look at the past and potential future (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Monditalia: sand models look at the past and potential future (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Monditalia: architecture models in sand (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Monditalia: architecture models in sand (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Koolhaas sees Italy as a "fundamental" country influencial on the rest of the world (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Koolhaas sees Italy as a "fundamental" country influencial on the rest of the world (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Monditalia: focuses on Italy's political and economic landscape as much as its built environment (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Monditalia: focuses on Italy's political and economic landscape as much as its built environment (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Monditalia: architecture models in sand (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Monditalia: architecture models in sand (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Monditalia incorporates clips from 82 Italian films (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Monditalia incorporates clips from 82 Italian films (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Monditalia incorporates clips from 82 Italian films (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Monditalia incorporates clips from 82 Italian films (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Arsenale: voices from international leaders (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Arsenale: voices from international leaders (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Monditalia incorporates clips from 82 Italian films (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Monditalia incorporates clips from 82 Italian films (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Arsenale: 14th International Architecture Exhibition Venice (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Arsenale: 14th International Architecture Exhibition Venice (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Arsenale: “Grafting” new ideas onto pre-existing realities and structures (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Arsenale: “Grafting” new ideas onto pre-existing realities and structures (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Grafting: the Italian Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Grafting: the Italian Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Arsenale: 14th International Architecture Exhibition Venice (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Arsenale: 14th International Architecture Exhibition Venice (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Arsenale: 14th International Architecture Exhibition Venice (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Arsenale: 14th International Architecture Exhibition Venice (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Monditalia occupies the length of the 985 foot long Arsenale in Venice (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Monditalia occupies the length of the 985 foot long Arsenale in Venice (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Arsenale: Grafting new ideas onto pre-existing realities and structures (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Arsenale: Grafting new ideas onto pre-existing realities and structures (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Grafting: design is compared with a territory (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Grafting: design is compared with a territory (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Grafting: design is compared with a territory (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Grafting: design is compared with a territory (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Grafting: the Italian Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Grafting: the Italian Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Grafting: a digital beach with an architectural sea (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Grafting: a digital beach with an architectural sea (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Monditalia: 14th International Architecture Exhibition Venice (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Monditalia: 14th International Architecture Exhibition Venice (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Giardini: 14th International Architecture Exhibition Venice (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Giardini: 14th International Architecture Exhibition Venice (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Giardini: 14th International Architecture Exhibition Venice (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Giardini: 14th International Architecture Exhibition Venice (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Giardini: 14th International Architecture Exhibition Venice (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
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Giardini: 14th International Architecture Exhibition Venice (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
“With Rem Koolhaas we have created an exceptional, research-centered Architecture Biennale” (Photography: Edoardo Campanale)
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“With Rem Koolhaas we have created an exceptional, research-centered Architecture Biennale” (Photography: Edoardo Campanale)

Entitled “Fundamentals,” this year's 14th International Architecture Exhibition showcases projects made by architects, photographers, artists, critics and scholars from 65 countries around the world. Hosted by the Venice Biennale and curated by Rem Koolhaas, the exhibition looks back through the past 100 years and explores the role of architecture during different historical periods through themes such as war, depression, fascism, industrialism, growth and expansion.

“With Rem Koolhaas we have created an exceptional, research-centered Architecture Biennale,” says Paolo Baratta, President of the Venice Biennale. “Here, with great courage and ambition, Koolhaas has reviewed the history of modernity in the past hundred years, and offers a new perspective of those 'elements' that should constitute the points of reference for a regenerated and topical relationship between ourselves, our civilization, and architecture.”

Monditalia: landscapes of architecture (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Monditalia: landscapes of architecture (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)

Spread across 10,000 square meters (107,639 sq ft) with three main sections located at the Giardini, Central Pavilion and Arsenale, the exhibition takes its visitors on an architectural journey through space and time, investigating the current state of architecture and the potential for our future.

“Absorbing Modernity 1914-2014”/ National Pavilions

Canadian Pavilion: "Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15" (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Canadian Pavilion: "Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15" (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)

Located in the Giardini, 65 nations are united through the common language of architecture and a single modern repertoire. Side by side the exhibition reveals how diverse landscapes and political environments evolved throughout the last century and how architecture was used to influence or even control a society.

Monditalia/ Arsenale

Dedicated to Italy, Monditalia takes a look at the fundamentals of a country historically riddled with political change and chaos (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
Dedicated to Italy, Monditalia takes a look at the fundamentals of a country historically riddled with political change and chaos (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)

Dedicated to Italy, “Monditalia” takes a look at the “fundamentals” of a country historically riddled with political change and chaos, while currently striving to meet its full potential. Located at the Arsenale, the exhibition offers a unique and complex portrait of Italy, incorporating clips from 82 Italian films and installations from 41 architectural projects.

Elements of Architecture/ Central Pavilions

“Elements of Architecture” features a series of installations that pool together “elements” from antiquities, past, present and future possibilities (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
“Elements of Architecture” features a series of installations that pool together “elements” from antiquities, past, present and future possibilities (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)

Situated in the Central Pavilions, “Elements of Architecture” looks at the fundamental building blocks used by all architects: the floor, the wall, the door, the window, the ceiling, the hallway, the toilet, the stair, the tile and so forth. The exhibition is in collaboration with the Harvard Graduate School of Design and features a series of installations that pool together “elements” from antiquities, past, present and future possibilities.

The past merges with the future: 14th International Architecture Exhibition Venice (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)
The past merges with the future: 14th International Architecture Exhibition Venice (Photo: Edoardo Campanale)

The 14th International Architecture Exhibition is open to the public until November 23 with tickets starting from €22 (US$ 30) per person.

For those who don't have a trip to Venice planned any time soon, you can get a taste of the architectural mastery currently gracing the Venice pavilions by checking out this photo journal skilfully captured for Gizmag by Italian Art Director Edoardo Campanale.

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