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“Boldness is the fairest way to establish a dialogue with the massive forces of nature”, says the Chilean Pritzker-winner in an interview with Icon
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Connected by the loose theme of Freespace, this year’s national pavilions were particularly eclectic. Icon picks out the ultimate highlights of this year's Venice Architecture Biennale

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Proposals for the British pavilion should respond to the theme, Freespace, chosen by the artistic directors of next year’s event

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Shelley McNamara and Yvonne Farrell have spent four decades designing thoughtful, forensic responses to people, landscapes and nature. Their approach has won them global recognition and the brief to curate the next Venice Architecture Biennale

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Thursday, 01 January 2015 00:00

2014 Architecture Practice of the Year: OMA

Rem Koolhaas and his colleagues continue to create buildings in equal parts provocative, exasperating and brilliant. But its the persistent probing of architecture’s big and awkward questions – as shown at the 2014 Venice Biennale – that sets this extraordinary practice apart

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Tuesday, 23 September 2014 09:23

North Korea: Visions of Escape

Commissions for Utopia, an exploration of ideas for sustainable tourism in North Korea, was among the exhibits on display at the Golden Lion-winning South Korean pavilion at the Venice Biennale

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Tuesday, 26 August 2014 00:00

Claude Parent: Marx and angles

Claude Parent's radical architectural theories – rejecting "bourgeois" verticality for ramped cities and sloped buildings – chimed with the spirit of 1960s Paris. Now, Rem Koolhaas's Elements exhibition is bringing his work to a new generation, says Edwin Heathcote

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Jacques Herzog says architectural exhibitions are “an impossibility”, but doesn’t see that as a reason not to try. He discusses this year’s Swiss Pavilion – which displays the work of his former teacher Lucius Burckhardt and Cedric Price – and the prospect of one day curating his own Biennale

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The Japan pavilion’s take on the theme of “Absorbing Modernity” focuses on a period in the 1970s when, with the country rushing into the free-market future, a group of architects turned instead to the vanishing past, says Julian Worrall

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The architect puts his hat in the ring for the prestigious role during an interview for Icon’s latest issue about this year’s Swiss pavilion

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Thursday, 03 July 2014 10:21

Icon 134: Venice Biennale

Icon’s latest issue, available from 3 July, features in-depth analysis of the Venice Biennale, from the story behind the British pavilion by its curator Sam Jacob to a Japanese architectural detective agency. Read a full list of contents and subscribe to the magazine here

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This year’s British Pavilion was FAT’s final project. Here, founding director Sam Jacob recalls how the practice trawled archives and attics to piece together the history of British modernism, and attempt to reclaim it for the present day

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Crow’s Eye View at the Venice Biennale depicts how modern architecture developed in both South and North Korea, highlighting the different paths the two countries have taken

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Icon picks its five favourite pavilions at the east Venetian gardens, from Russia’s witty assessment of its architectural history to the curator Rem Koolhaas’s own contribution

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An exhibition of photography that seeks to compare traditional and contemporary Catalan architecture opens in Venice this weekend 

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The recipient of this year’s Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Biennale tells Christopher Turner about her influential career and why she thinks architecture is at an extraordinary moment

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Wednesday, 04 June 2014 14:15

Vicky Richardson on the British pavilion

A Clockwork Jerusalem, our installation at the Venice Biennale, presents an alternative history of British modernism that could lead to a reassessment of how we approach architecture today, says the British Council's director of architecture

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Tuesday, 03 June 2014 14:06

Venice Takeaway: 2012

This year's British pavilion will display the results of a global effort to find architectural solutions to modern problems, explains Vicky Richardson, Director of Architecture, Fashion and Design at the British Council

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Tuesday, 03 June 2014 13:55

Chipperfield on the Venice Biennale 2012

With the Venice Architecture Biennale fast approaching, director David Chipperfield talks to Icon about his plans for the festival, which has the theme Common Ground.

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Thursday, 03 October 2013 10:00

The Italian Avant-Garde

This collection of essays and interviews sheds much-needed light on an era of radical sociopolitical change, says Steve Parnell.

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