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Hashim Sarkis announces the 2020 Venice Architecture Biennale theme

For next year’s Venice Architecture Biennale, participants will focus on creating new solutions around the theme of “How will we live together?”

Paolo Baratta (left), president of the Venice Architecture Biennale, and its curator Hashim Sarkis (right), announced the 2020 curatorial focus. (Jacopo Salvi/Courtesy La Biennale di Venezia)
Paolo Baratta (left), president of the Venice Architecture Biennale, and its curator Hashim Sarkis (right), announced the 2020 curatorial focus. (Jacopo Salvi/Courtesy La Biennale di Venezia)

By Sydney Franklin

How will we live together?

That’s the seemingly simple, yet poignant, question posed by Hashim Sarkis, dean of the MIT School of Architecture and Planning and curator of the 17th Venice Architecture Biennale, and also the title of the show set to start next May. Though it’s nearly a year away, Sarkis announced that it’s time for architects to think about their role in creating a new, collective “spatial contract”—one that is inclusive and addresses two of the most pressing needs in both advanced and emerging economies today: social housing and urban connectivity.

“We need a new spatial contract,” Sarkis said in a statement. “In the context of widening political divides and growing economic inequalities, we call on architects to imagine spaces in which we can generously live together: together as human beings who, despite our increasing individuality, yearn to connect with one another and with other species across digital and real space; together as new households looking for more diverse and dignified spaces for inhabitation…and together as a planet facing crisis that require global action for us to continue living at all.”

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