This May, the Venice architecture Biennale 2016 opened its doors for the 15th year running- revealing a sustainable surprise. Curated by architect Alejandro Aravena, the Chilean creative recycled over 90 tonnes of waste generated by the Venice Art Biennale 2015 to create two introductory rooms for this year’s presentation.

The striking installation exhibited in the Arsenale and Central Pavilion venues were constructed from one-hundred tonnes of waste material, seven miles of scrap metal and 10,000-square-metres of plasterboard leftover from last year’s Art Biennale. Whilst the ‘introductory room’ showcases an impressive 14 kilometers of metal studs as lengths of crumpled metal decorate the ceilings in a fringe-like manner.

Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 Photography by designboom

Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 Photography by designboom

Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 Photography by designboom

Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 Photography by designboom

Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 Photography by designboom

Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 Photography by designboom

Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 Photography by designboom

Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 Photography by designboom

The architectural event annually aims to confront controversial topics such as segregation, inequality,housing shortage, migration, and community participation. This year’s vision named ‘reporting from the front’, strives to highlight the diverse actions architects are taking in order to shape the future aesthetics of our world. Discussing the concept behind the architectural based biennial bonanza, Aravena claims;

“Architects often think they are too small to make a change, but together they can smother the big animal.” Alejandro Aravena (The Guardian, 2016)

The 15th Intl. Architecture Exhibition runs from 28 May to 27 November 2016

References

Designboom (2016) Venice architecture biennale 2016 (46 articles)

[Online] Available at http://Http://www.designboom.com/tag/venice-architecture-biennale-2016/ [Accessed 3/6/16]

Dezeen (2016) Alejandro Aravena uses over 90 tonnes of recycled waste for entrance rooms of Venice Biennale 2016

[Online] Available at http://Http://www.dezeen.com/2016/06/02/venice-architecture-biennale-2016-recycled-waste-exhibition-entrances-alejandro-aravena/ [Accessed 4/6/16]

The Guardian (2016) Alejandro Aravena’s Venice architecture biennale: ‘We can’t forget beauty in our battles’ [Online] Available at http://Https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/may/26/venice-architecture-biennale-alejandro-aravena [Accessed 3/5/16]