Since 1895, The Venice Biennale has been one of the most prestigious artistic and cultural institutions in the world. Since its foundation, it has been constantly promoting new artists and new artistic trends while also organizing international events, especially in contemporary arts. One of the institute’s most important event is the International Architecture Exhibition. This year, the 13th International Architecture exhibition has been organized by La Biennale di Venezia. The exhibition has been open to the public since the 29th of August and it will remain open until the 25th of November, 2012. The exhibition, directed by David Chipperfield, with a total of 119 participants and 69 projects, is called “Common Ground.” Chipperfield, the director of the exhibition, stated that this theme has been chosen in order “to encourage my colleagues to react against the prevalent professional and cultural tendencies of our time that place such emphasis on individual and isolated actions. I encouraged them instead to demonstrate the importance of influence and of the continuity of cultural endeavour, to illustrate common and shared ideas that form the basis of an architectural culture“.
The theme of Common Ground poses questions about the nature of the relationship between humans, architecture, and ecology. John Ruskin, an English art critic, believed that architecture expresses the soul of people and culture. If this is the case, what do you think our architecture says about the U.S citizens?