Alejandro Aravena will lead the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016

Alejandro Aravena, Schelling award medalist 2006, is the leader of the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale. He follows Rem Koolhaas (2014), David Chipperfield (2012), Kazuyo Sejima (2010 leader Biennale and in 2000 Schelling Architecture award winner) as well as Aaron Betsky (2008).
The Schelling Foundation congratulates Alejandro Aravena and honours his approach, to explore free spaces in architecture at the Biennale 2016.
Aravena’s intention:
“There are several battles that need to be won and several frontiers that need to be expanded in order to improve the quality of the built environment and consequently people’s quality of life. This is what we would like people to come and see at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition: success stories worth to be told and exemplary cases worth to be shared where architecture did, is and will make a difference in those battles and frontiers. (…) The 15th International Architecture Exhibition will be about focusing and learning from architectures that through intelligence, intuition or both of them at the same time, are able to escape the status quo. We would like to present cases that, despite the difficulties, instead of resignation or bitterness, propose and do something. We would like to show that in the permanent debate about the quality of the built environment, there is not only need but also room for action.”