Architecture expos are often futurist fantasias of design — but this year’s Venice Biennale explores how humanity’s first art can house (and treat) us all better.
So-called “starchitecture,” flashy buildings designed by high-profile architects, has been the face of the industry for decades now. But at this year’s Venice Biennale of Architecture — an expo that usually celebrates the very best architecture participating countries have to offer — some more interesting ideas emerged. This Biennale is more about building a better world than a better building, with participants (who include not just countries but universities, NGOs and private firms) addressing issues such as poverty, disease, segregation, access to sanitation and pollution. Take a look.