TRACY路TV #52: Dutch pavilion at Venice Architecture biennale

TRACY路TV #52: Dutch pavilion at Venice Architecture biennale

The Dutch pavilion at this year’s Architecture biennale in Venice was designed by The New Institute to look like a locker room, with bright orange doors that you could open to discover the secrets within. The theme was the future of work, now that everything, even sex, is being automated. In the main exhibition hall, Crimson created a thoughtful and attractive exhibition about the impact of migration on cities.聽

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TRACY路TV #51: Albania opens new old doors in Venice

TRACY路TV #51: Albania opens new old doors in Venice

For its entry to this year’s Architecture biennale in Venice, citizens of Tirana lent their doors – a symbol of the country’s hope that the EU will open its doors to Albania. I spoke to Tirana’s mayor, the fireball Erion Veliaj, about his plans for the city and the role he sees for contemporary architecture in making the city more liveable.

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Breaking New, Common Ground at the Venice Architecture Biennale

Breaking New, Common Ground at the Venice Architecture Biennale

David Chipperfield called the 2012 edition of the Venice Architecture Biennale which he curated 鈥楥ommon Ground鈥. It was a call to his fellow architects to build for the common good rather than creating costly icons. At a panel at the Biennale Harvard鈥檚 Rahul Mehotra echoed his sentiments when he said: 鈥淚mpatient capital is running the world and architecture has become a slave to it.鈥 In this article for the American online magazine Next City Tracy discusses how in many places ordinary citizens are now bypassing professional architects and planners and are taking the lead in shaping their own environment.

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My Venice Biennale 2012 #4:  People’s urbanism in Caracas

My Venice Biennale 2012 #4: People’s urbanism in Caracas

With beer, Latin food, loud music and salsa dancing, Urban Think Tank’s Venezuelan bar was of course the hottest venue at the 2012 Architecture Biennale, which closes this weekend. Architecture’s bad boys Alfredo Brillembourg and Hubert Klumpner, together with co-curators Justin McGuirk and photographer Iwan Baan, won the Golden Lion for the Biennale’s best project with their portrait of Torre David, a ‘vertical slum’ in downtown Caracas. Read the article…